Threads of Resistance: Join Bay Area Volunteers in Sewing Masks for Healthcare Workers
Calling all who can sew or pick up/drop off masks!

In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals are running out of masks. Healthcare workers need masks to see and treat patients. The Bay Area community needs our help!

Please sign up to sew as many masks as you can or sign up to help pick them up & drop them off to Bay Area hospitals. Due to the urgency of the shortage, we need the masks as soon as possible. *We currently need more volunteers who can sew!*

****WE HAVE CONFIRMATION THAT HOSPITALS WILL ACCEPT THESE and sanitize them.**** These masks are not N-95 masks or intended to be used as such. Hospitals are asking for homemade masks and know how to use them. More information can be found on our website; the link is below.

For the fabric please use tightly woven fabric that is 100% cotton or a cotton blend, such as pillowcases or t-shirts. Please find more detailed instructions at the links below:

http://www.fabricpatch.net/face-masks-for-covid-19-relief.htm

https://www.instructables.com/id/AB-Mask-for-a-Nurse-by-a-Nurse/ (Without elastic)

https://freesewing.org/docs/patterns/fu (Without elastic)

https://buttoncounter.com/2018/01/14/facemask-a-picture-tutorial/ (With elastic)

https://www.craftpassion.com/face-mask-sewing-pattern/ (With elastic)

https://youtu.be/eLOh8AoXvcI (With metal wire and pocket for filter)

*If you have the material, please stitch in a thin metal wire (~3 inches) to where the mask sits on the nose. You can also sew a filter pocket and add a filter if you have one, but it is not required.

We can also pick up any unused disposable masks (N95 masks & regular disposable masks), hand sanitizer, and gloves to donate to hospitals. They are in urgent need.

Please fill out the form below and spread the word.
For any questions contact: editor@norcalcouncil.org or (650) 817-5274.

This project is coordinated by the Northern California Islamic Council (NCIC) and is open to all Bay Area community members.
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