Sitting here in our self isolation, we think how lucky we are to be living in Loch Village.
Thank you to all our wonderful groups of guests, many of whom we now regard as friends, for choosing to return to us when we all come “out the other side” of this horrific tunnel of turmoil.
We here at The Old Hospital have taken advantage of our enforced down time and are trying to turn a negative into a small positive.
So we thought we would share our little positive with our many sewing groups.
There is a shortage of PPE (personal protective equipment) both here in Australia and overseas.
We are now ourselves sewing away to relieve our boredom and are making much needed face masks for our emergency services personnel, who have a short supply of this equipment.
Our are going to be donated to the Wonthaggi Police and Wonthaggi Ambulance.
So here we share for our craft community “family”, our pattern for filter face masks.
Whilst they are not perfect, they are a lot better than no protection at all for our police and ambo’s.
Below is a link to a pattern on You Tube if you would like to support the first responders.
A must is the wire on the bridge of the nose, which allows the mask to fit better to the wearers face.
The mask has a non woven liner, a cotton outer liner (for looks) and has a pocket where the wearer can add another layer of non woven fabric as an extra filter.
It has elastic for the ears, so fits many a face and it is actually quite a good fit – comfort tested by us.
Ours is a little wider than the pattern on You Tube – 23cm width x 20cm high.
We are using non woven sew in interfacing, as it is easy to source and cheap.
The nose wire for us is some green garden twist tie – 23cm long and doubled over for extra strength. You could also use thin wire with the ends bent over so they don’t poke through the fabric.
We have found the elastic is a perfect and comfortable fit at 31cm long – just knot the ends together.
We used cotton fabric we had at home, including calico.
The fabric was pre shrunk – this means that the masks can be reused over and over.
A suggested pre wash cycle of hot water and a gentle spin cycle ensures that bugs are killed, and the wire remains in the right place.
We hope to get as many sewers on board as we can and hope to donate as many masks as we possibly can to those in the community who are working to help keep us safe.