Project 34 :: Handmade Face Masks

I can’t believe I even have to write a post for this. It feels like a bad dream, a sick joke, or a really scary movie. But here we are. Most of the world is under a global quarantine to protect ourselves from the Coronavirus. As a two time breast cancer survivor my fears are real. I’m immunocompromised and scared to death of getting it. Then I think about friends working tirelessly in hospitals around the world. Fighting for us. Fighting for patients who need them so much. Showing up every single day amongst fear to spread HOPE.

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There’s that word again. Hope.

The past couple of days people began sharing links with me to organizations pleading for handmade face masks. As I’m typing this post, a great friend who is a firefighter in Rocklin, California texted me a picture of masks for them to use – MADE IN WUHAN, CHINA. The heck?!? No. Just no.

Craft Hope, it is time.

Get your sewing machines out. We are living in a global pandemic and we will not live a life of despair, but one of HOPE. We can do something. It’s time to make masks.

Masks that will protect people who have to leave their homes. Masks that will protect the elderly in nursing facilities. Masks that will protect ANYONE who needs them.

I’ve found a few patterns online – posted below. Feel free to improvise, but please use four layers of fabric for the best protection.

I am asking you to reach out to your community. Make phone calls, post on your social media channels, whatever you have to do to find out who needs them. Call the local nursing facilities, doctors offices, cancer centers, hospitals, the elderly, your friends, anyone. Find people and organizations locally who need your masks. This is the best and most efficient way to cover all of our bases and the globe.

I’m asking friends around the globe to participate in this GLOBAL CALL TO ACTION. Share this on your social media channels, let friends know we are sewing.

You have tons of time on your hands. Dust off that sewing machine and teach your kids to sew masks. The greatest gift right now. Other than social distancing it’s the best thing we can do to help.

As always, please reach out to me at jadeclaswell@gmail.com if you know of specific needs in areas and I’ll share them on facebook.

Use the hashtags #millionmaskchallenge #millionmaskmayday #crafthope when posting to social media! You can also find patterns when searching those hashtags.

The challenge is on.

Pattern:

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Video

Free Sewing Pattern

Forbes Article

The list below contains places that have specifically asked for masks. I’ll continue to update this list…

Connecticut

Sharon Hospital (Sharon). The only details I have right now are that the drop-off point for sewn masks is Cotton Candy Fabrics, 457 Federal Road, Brookfield, CT 06804 https://www.cottoncandyfabrics.com/ I have been told they would like The Turban Project pattern (see Indiana, video on the Deaconess pagte).

Georgia

Phoebe Putney hospital in Albany, GA. If you want to help, they need volunteers to sew covers for N95 masks, (These are worn over the N95 masks, so that each person can reuse the same mask for aweek.) To participate, call volunteer services  229-312-4336. To give you an example of what’s going on, they burned through a 6-month supply in a record time of like 5 days, and only have a couple days worth left. https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/News/video/volunteers-stitch-masks-health-care-workers-69681106 for a video on their efforts

Indiana

Deaconess Hospital (Evantston, IN which is nowhere near Chicago, sorry!!). Deaconess is welcoming home-sewn massks. They put together a resource page on how to make and donate masks. This one has an easy-to-follow video using a pattern from The Turban Project. They want 100% cotton masks–this has to do with sterilzation. Please note that this mask is not universally acceptable—you must find out what your facility wants–so call if you are going to make this one for your local facility. https://www.deaconess.com/masks A volunteer coordinator from Deaconess suggested these types of masks are always in demand for other uses too, such as for chemo patients receiving infusions.

Iowa

Unity Point Health (Cedar Rapids). The request is for a very specific pattern; the full masks (which will include a filter) get assembled at the hospital. For more details, go here: https://www.unitypoint.org/cedarrapids/sewing-surgical-masks.aspx The specific pattern and instructions on where to deliver masks is on that page.

Massachusetts

Burlington, MA (Boston area). The only information I have right now is this post: https://patch.com/massachusetts/burlington/coronavirus-lahey-hospital-seeks-volunteers-sew-masks

Michigan

Henry Ford/Alliance. They have just made their own prototype, and will be looking for volunteers to make masks and face shields. Their model is quite different from the home-sewn ones. Here’s the video of their prototype: https://www.michiganradio.org/post/its-controlled-chaos-healthcare-workers-mask-supplies-dwindle-0 No further information is available at this time. If you’re in the area and want to help, I suggest you call their Henry Ford Allegiance Volunteer Services: (517) 205-4840.

New Hampshire

Dartmouth-Hitchcock. This medical group sent out a call for N95 masks and gloves. I have an email in asking whether they would accept sewn masks, and will update when I know more.

Oklahoma

Stillwater Medical Center. This is the message on their Facdebook page: “THESE MASKS WILL NOT BE USED FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS OR ANYONE DEALING WITH COVID-19 SITUATIONS. We are looking for seamstresses who can sew cloth masks to help with the nationwide shortage. They must be 4 layers of fabric for filtering. (Edited to add emphasis!) Here are some pictures of ones that have been made. They need to be adjustable. Our preferred pattern is from [link below] Spread the word to all seamstresses. Thanks so much. This is a perfect time to use up your fabric stash.  The donated masks will be used in other NON CLINICAL OR WORRIED WELL PATIENTS NOT REALATED TO COVID-19. This will allow us to save our N95 masks & other PPE for Healthcare Workers. Donated masks can be dropped off at our Stillwater Medical Plaza building, located at 1201 S. Adams from 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. All donations will be laundered before dispersing to our various areas where they are needed. “The pattern they want: https://buttoncounter.com/2018/01/14/facemask-a-picture-tutorial/

Oregon/Washington

Providence Medical Group. There is currently no information on the Providence page about the 100 Million Mask Challenge. I requested information to publish here and will update as I am able. As of 3/20/20 9:30 am Providence has not released the details regarding what they want or where to send it. Stay tuned! https://blog.providence.org/blog-2/volunteers-making-homemade-masks-to-combat-shortages-caused-by-covid-19

Providence in RENTON, WA. Kits with enough materials to make 100 medical masks will be offered March 26 from 12-4 p.m. at Providence St. Joseph Health, located at 1801 Lind Ave. S.W. in Renton. BUT ACCORDING TO THE PROVIDENCE SITE THE KITS ARE ALL CLAIMED: https://www.providence.org/lp/100m-masks

Maryville Nursing Home. Their ask was for people to sew scrubs and masks. There are several ways to help. If you are NOT local, you can make the Deaconess pattern masks and mail them to: Maryville, 14645 SW Farmington Rd,, Beaverton, OR 97007. If you ARE local, they need help with the following projects: (1) people to cut fabric and N95 material to make mask kits for the seamstresses (this can be done at home–you pick up fabric and the patterns there, but work at home); (2) seamstresses to make the masks from the kits; (3) they are about to receive the polyester fabric they need to make their washable gowns and will soon need help assembling those kits and sewing the robes. Please contact mgarcia at maryville dot care if you are local and can help.

Tennessee

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Memphis). They need mask STRAPS for the kiddos. This is an entirely different project: https://www.stjude.org/get-involved/other-ways/volunteer-at-the-hospital/how-to-become-a-volunteer/at-home-projects/mask-straps.html Please use soft flannel.

Texas

Wise Health System (Decatur). The Auxiliary is sewing masks, and they would LOVE for you to help. They require 100% cotton fabric, 2-ply masks with ROUND elastic (not flat). You can use the Turban Project pattern (above, see Indiana, Deaconess for a video) but use ROUND elastic. Once completed, please mail to:

Wise Health System
Attn: Customer and Patient Relations
609 Medical Center
Decatur, TX 76234

Wisconsin

The Electric Needle. This shop in Madison is a drop-off point for a specific pattern, which can be used over an N95 mask (to prolong the life) or worn alone. These are going to Meriter Hospital. For more information and a link to the specific pattern they want: https://www.electric-needle.com/sew-for-a-cause.htm They are located at 4281 West Beltline Hwy, Madison, WI 53711

UW Madison Hospitals. They are currently working on a pattern. You can add yourself to the volunteer list by sending an email to volunteer.services@uwhealth.org I will update as more information become available.

Project 33 :: The Bravest Warriors

This month is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and we are diving right in to make a difference. For the past two years, I have fought my own cancer battle. Two years ago this month I received my first breast cancer diagnosis. Then again this past January I received my second diagnosis. I have walked in shoes I don’t wish anyone to ever experience. My story is my own. My diagnosis’, ten surgeries, chemotherapy, radiation, and on and on and on. I own it. I am stronger because of it. I am better because of the battle.

The children who are forced to fight this fight are our bravest warriors. Their strength is insurmountable. Their faith unwavering. I continue to be in awe as I watch children fight this beast.

For Project 33 :: The Bravest Warriors, we are going to make SOCK MONKEYS again! I don’t know a group that is better than making sock monkeys than the Craft Hope community. You guys have made the cutest sock monkeys for the Little Heroes Preschool Burn Camp and Sock Monkeys for Texas. In fact, we have collected almost 1,000 sock monkeys over the years for children who needed a little bit of love.

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Sock monkeys are the most fun items to collect because each box that arrives is so full of personality. We have received some of the cutest sock monkeys and we can’t wait to see what shows up this time.

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We will hand deliver the sock monkeys to local children’s hospitals. Let’s run this project through September and October.

Please send the sock monkeys to us at:

Craft Hope
1130 Masquerade Drive
Midlothian, Texas 76065

Spread the word through your social media channels.

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Join us and Craft Hope!

Project 22: The Children of La Chureca

This post isn’t an easy one to write. There’s too much emotion flooding through my head. Before I write a post I do my research on the internet and with the organizations we are working with. I gather information and photos to share with you. Whenever it comes to kids it hits me in the gut like a ton of bricks. It’s kids. Sweet kids that didn’t pick their lives. Did they somehow draw the short straw to be given this life? It seems not fair.

I get sad and then I get angry and then I choose to DO SOMETHING about it.

This process happens every single time.

I’m thankful that Craft Hope gives us this outlet. You know, to do something about it.

For Project 22 we will be traveling back to Nicragua. To the dumps of Nicaragua to be exact — La Chureca. We have been there before with Eren for Project 2. Eren took handmade dolls with her to La Chureca (the dumps).

Over 5,000 people live in La Chureca. 5,000 men, women, teens, children and babies call the dump their homes. They live off the food they find and recycle for money what they can. To say this situation is deplorable would be the understatement of the year. Nicaragua is the second poorest nation in the world and they need our help.

There are scores of organizations that travel to La Chureca every year providing buildings, schools, and services. Countless organizations that are spreading HOPE and when a friend (Brenda, from Project 14) emails asking for help, we jump to the call.

For Project 22 we are partnering with Mission Nicaragua out of Tallahassee, Florida. They work with Open Hearts Mission in Nicaragua and are traveling to Nicaragua to lead a camp located on Lake Nicaragua. The children of La Chureca will be brought out to the camp. The mission group will minister to the poor communities and the dump of La Chureca helping with nutrition, clothing, and housing, among many other things.

For { Project 22 } The Children of La Chureca we will be collecting flip flops for the children in these communities. The idea we had was that you can pick up flip flops from the store and accent them however you’d like. I’ve seen flip flops at the dollar store and dollar bins at Target. You can get ribbon or simply cut strips of fabric to tie onto the flip flops. They need flip flops of all sizes. From toddlers to teenagers. For the boys, it may be a little more difficult but you are a creative lot and I’m sure you’ll come up with something!

This is a great summer project to get kids involved with as well. Teach them about Nicaragua. Show them where it is on the globe and have them make flip flops to donate. It’s a very tangible way to show them how other children live around the world and how they can DO SOMETHING.

I’ll do a post with some ideas soon.

Here are the details… Please mail the flip flops to:

Wildwood Church

100 Ox Bottom Road

Tallahassee, Florida  32312

Please leave a comment on this post if you’d like to participate. They are traveling at the end of July, so let’s make the deadline July 10th so they will have time to get them all boxed up and ready to go.

Once again, keeping spreading HOPE!!

 

Project 23: It Started with a Dress

From time to time people ask me how I started Craft Hope. I always respond with, it started with a dress. Twenty-nine pillowcase dresses to be exact. I started this little blog and named it Craft Hope. I probably had twenty followers and they were all blog friends. I said, ‘let’s make pillowcase dresses for orphans in Mexico’ and they say ‘okay.’ And the rest is history.

Four years and over 100,000 handmade items later here we are.

So I say, let’s make pillowcase dresses again and send them all over the world for children who need a little hope and love.

Let’s send them to a school in Jordan, an orphanage in Costa Rica, and to Tanzania.

For Project 23 :: It Started with a Dress we are collecting HANDMADE pillowcase dresses for little girls around the world. We are partnering with Sew Gorgeous. Their mission is simple. They are a group of women who take pillowcases and turn them into dresses for girls in developing countries. They send the dresses with friends they trust who are traveling to third world countries and they distribute them to the girls.

A pillowcase dress is one of the most simple things you can sew, so if you’ve never sewn before this is a great place to start. I’m even teaching 25 junior high students to sew with my Craft Hope Club (more about this later) and we have already started making the pillowcase dresses. We have one sewing machine and a whole lot of love ready to share. With that one machine we will make as many dresses as we can. None of my students have ever sewn before, but that’s not stopping any of us. If we can do it, you can to.

If you need pillowcase dress patterns there are hundreds all over the internet. Google is your friend. There’s also a super simple pattern in the Craft Hope book.

Please rally your friends and children and make dresses for this project. Get a group together and sew. It’s fun, simple, and for a great cause.

The deadline for Project 23 is November 8, 2013. Please have all dresses sent to us around this deadline.

Sew Gorgeous operates out of Canada, but they have provided us with two mailing addresses for your convenience.

United States mailing address (choose either one):

10 Hess Circle
Ephrata, PA 17522

or

723 Parker Den Dr.
Ruskin, FL 33570

Canada mailing address:

416078 10th Line RR#1
Clarksburg, ON
NOH 1J0
Canada

Leave a comment on this post if you would like to participate and start sewing! When you comment, tell us where you are from and who you are crafting with.

Spread HOPE. Craft HOPE.

Project 21: Rally for Roma

Hope.

One simple word that means so much.

Hope shines, motivates, energizes, believes, and endures. Hope brings people together. Strangers from across the globe. United in a cause greater than themselves. To spread HOPE.

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Without further ado, I am excited to announce { Project 21 } Rally for Roma. We have been called upon by Another Child Foundation in a partnership to fill a container with LOVE to send to Romania this summer. Each year ACF sends a container of items to Romania to prepare for the harsh winter. This year, Craft Hope will be on board.

Another Child Foundation’s mission is to reach, teach, and transform the lives of orphaned and at-risk children in Romania. They work directly with children and families in Roma communities to help change generational ideas of prejudice, to help keep families together in extreme poverty, and to help education and encourage orphans and at-risk children, so that they can be productive members of their society.

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Romanian winters are rough. Especially, when gypsy families in the Tarnaveni community are living in condemnded, Soviet era apartment buildings with little or no electricity for heat. Most of the apartment buildings have huge gaps in the walls or broken windows, so there is basically no way of shutting their homes off from the cold and snow. At the end of the summer each year, ACF sends a container of humanitarian aid to Romania. Craft Hope will help to fill the container with blanketshats, and scarvesto help keep these precious people warm and sickness free during the winter.

We would love for you to join us and send HANDMADE blankets, hats, and scarves.

There are no specifics. They can be for babies, kids, and adults. They can be sewn, crochet, or knit. There are no size requirements or specifications. Any donation will be way above and beyond what most people have now. Our objective is warmth… and HOPE, of course.

The deadline for Project 21 is May 20, 2013.

Please send in your handmade blankets, hats, and scarves to us at:

Craft Hope

c/o Jessica Huettel

2930 Manila Lane

Houston, TX 77043

A huge thank you to Jessica for contacting me and making us aware of Another Child Foundation’s mission.

As always, please leave a comment on this post if you’d like to participate in this project. Also, please share this post on facebook and your blog. It takes one person to make a big difference.

“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” — Anne Frank