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Face Mask Challenge

Sumner Hall is sponsoring a challenge as "a way to get as many masks as possible into the hands of health care workers in MD hospitals, as they're on the front lines of this coronavirus crisis."


St. Paul's will be registering as a group, led by our Parish Admin, Mary Cain. If you DO NOT know how to sew, or don't have access to a sewing machine, you can still help! There will be a bin of fabric in the foyer of the parish hall (beginning Monday, March 23), as well as instructions for cutting the fabric. All you need to do is cut rectangles in the specified sizes, place into plastic baggies, and return to St. Paul's so that those with sewing machines can sew them. Please use disinfectant wipes on the outside of the bags before placing them into the return bin.


Other ways you can help that don't involve sewing:


Donate: elastic or elastic hair ties (can be purchased at almost any store), fabric (tightly woven cotton only), plastic baggies, and non-woven materials to be used as a mask filter (dry disposable wipes/ adult wash cloths and dry floor mop cloths such as Swifter ones can be used. We will do our best to find more alternatives and list them here.)


There are several instruction for making the face masks. Mary is recommending this video as a tutorial (specifications for cutting fabric are at the bottom of this page):



Main Fabric: 24cm x 19cm

Lining: 18cm x 13cm

Elastic length per piece: 30cm if elastic is very stretchy, or 35cm if it's not very stretchy.


Please return all completed face masks to St. Paul's Parish Hall Foyer, wiping with provided disinfectant wipes before placing into the appropriate bin. A weekly drop-off to Sumner Hall will take place on Thursdays. If you have any questions regarding any of this, please contact Mary via the office e-mail or phone.

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You may use any face mask pattern you choose, unless you are only cutting the patterns. If you are cutting the fabric for someone else to sew, please use the dimensions provided in this post, or the templates available in the Parish Hall foyer. I have tweaked this pattern, and will hopefully be able to post a template and instructions for download soon (with photos).

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