June 27 — First Parish volunteers have made more than 1,500 hand-sewn masks — so far — for donation to health care organizations and First Parish members in need, including nearly 150 masks for children. In addition, the group has produced more than 165 scrub caps, which require more fabric and more skill. By request, masks and caps have been donated to Emerson Hospital, Metro West Medical Center, Parlin Hospice Residence at Traditions, Mary Ann Morse Nursing Home, Caremark Hospice, Newbury Court, Caritas Communities, The Commons in Lincoln, Newton-Wellesley Hospital-Healthy Waltham, Faith-Based Communities-Waltham, McLean Hospital, North Shore Medical Center ICU, Massachusetts General Hospital, Wayland Fire Dept., Pine Street Homeless Shelter, Turning Point Homeless Shelter, REACH, Cambridge Alliance, Common Cathedral and First Parish members. If you can sew, we would love your help. We have supplies to give you if you’d like. Thank you!!

Masks: How To’s and Instructions

  • We are using two patterns: one with a pocket to insert a filter material (see written or video instructions), and one without a pocket. Both have ties instead of elastic, saving irritation on the ears.
  • Currently, we are getting requests for the mask without a pocket, so this is a good place to start. If you are an experienced sewer, you may want to make some with a pocket.
  • We have been using a cardboard device called a “pleater” to speed up the mask-making process. It’s easy to make your own pleater: written directions are here and you can watch a video here.

Scrub Caps: How To’s and Instructions 

Sewing Materials and Supplies

  • Hospitals are requesting 100% cotton fabric. Please, no t-shirt material or flannel.
  • Pre-wash it in hot water and dry on hot, to allow for possible shrinkage of the material.
  • If you need materials, we are hoping to have some kits available soon. Each kit would make about 5 masks.  We will update the website when they are ready.

Completed Masks and Caps

  • Please place your completed masks in a zip lock plastic bag. Label the bag with: the date bagged, number of masks, and your name and email.
  • Drop them off at Suzanne Reitz’s house, 156 Pelham Island Rd. There are two plastic bins on the front porch, one for masks with no pocket and one for masks with filter pockets.

Deliveries

  • We are delivering to area hospitals (including Emerson and MetroWest Medical), nursing homes, and other places with expressed need. We are coordinating with other local groups around material resources and deliveries.
  • We are attempting to stay current with area needs, mask preferences, and requested delivery procedures.

If You Don’t Sew, but Want to Help

There are a number of ways you can help:

  • Please consider donating materials. We need:
    • 100% cotton fabric — any color or pattern
    • Thread
    • 1/2-inch double folded bias tape
    • Cutting mats
    • Rotary cutters
    • Sewing machines
  • Pick up and deliver materials or completed masks around Wayland (not to the hospitals)

Please contact Suzanne Reitz if you would like to help in one of these ways.

Questions? For general questions contact Suzanne Reitz, or (508) 942-8613. For sewing questions contact Lynne Morrison, or (617) 872-1446.