2020 Community Connections
As the COVID-19 pandemic changes our world on a daily basis, our response to it must stay up to date, too. While MASG does not currently endorse a specific type of mask for any specific population, we do want to be a resource to help you make informed decisions.
Many people in our community are requesting help from sewists. This page will be frequently updated to share those requests.
- 8/18/20 - CREATING FOR A CAUSE: With your help, we have delivered 4,310 face masks since the end of April.
Where? To One City Schools and Neighborhood, the Salvation Army, Middleton Senior Center. MOM, Open Door, a First Nation reservation in Utah, low income housing, Dane County Foster Care System, DAIS, Jewish Social Services.
WANT TO HELP? We provide the materials, possible patterns, you provide the skill. You can keep one for everyone you donate, to give to family or friends or even sell if you like. We recruit new members so people can take breaks and sew at their own pace.
DONATE FABRIC: 100% Cotton especially kids patterns. OR VOLUNTEER to drive/drop off materials or completed masks, or pick up completed masks. . WE DO NOT SELL OUR MASKS, WE DONATE THEM TO PEOPLE IN NEED.
Contact Jan Fulwiler by phone or by email.
- 5/12/20 - St. Mary's is in urgent need of masks for everyone who comes into their facilities. Please read this message for complete details and information on who to contact.
- 4/16/20 - Dane County Mask Makers
This group is helping to coordinate volunteers with requests for masks. Sign up at www.danecountymaskmakers.com/
- 4/12/20 - Crafting for a Cause
Based out of Middleton, this group is sewing face masks for older people, those in need and the African American Community. Pattern/video on Joann's page. They are also seeking donations of old pillowcases, 100% cotton, 1/4 inch elastic, or t shirt material. Contact Jan Fulwiler by phone or by email.
- 4/11/20 - UW is now accepting masks
Presently UW Health has enough Personal Protection Equipment for our frontline staff to keep our patients and staff safe. These masks may be offered to other staff who may choose to wear them for non-patient care duties. We encourage anyone who wants to make masks to visit UnityPoint Health-Meriter’s website for instructions and a helpful video.
- 4/11/20 - Material Needed
Do you have any rip-stop nylon? "Badger Shields is in urgent need of rip stop nylon to test it’s prototype hood for UW doctors. We will buy any amount we can find immediately in the Madison area. Respond to Michelle@lalasews.com"
- 4/10/20 - Agrace Hospice
Help us give back to the generous hosts of our monthly meetings. Drop off or mail masks for Agrace to 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison or 2901 N Wright Rd, Janesville. Use this pattern from Craft Passion or this Pintrest pattern.
- 4/10/20 - WeNeedMasks.org
Check the Locations page and begin mailing or delivering masks to the organizations listed as soon as possible. The list is continually being updated so please keep sewing and please keep checking the list - the organization does not have to be in you area. This page was started by members of the Sewing & Craft Alliance, who are also ASG members.
- 4/1/20 - Surgical caps and shoe covers for Froedtert
Use this pattern for caps and this pattern for shoe covers. Please contact Liz (West Side Pick-ups) phone number / email or Annette (east Side Pick-ups) phone number / email
- 4/1/20 - St.Mary’s Hospital in Madison
Please call the hospital volunteer office if you can help.
- 4/4/20 - Monroe Street Merchants Association (Compensation possible)
"We are looking to purchase masks to sell to the Monroe Street community. With this new recommendation, a lot of people are looking for them and aren’t sure where to go. Do you know of some individuals that might have interest and capacity to help us buy a couple hundred masks to start?" Call Theresa Metzger
- 4/5/20 - Wisconsin Face Mask Warriors
WFMW volunteer page on Facebook
- 3/30/20 - Sew Good to Give Back
Pledge to make and mail in masks. Visit their website here.
- 3/30/20 - The Dane County Sheriffs Dept is accepting home sewn PPE masks. Use the Olson pattern. Call or email so they can pick up any donations
- 3/28/20 - #MasksNow National
According to #MasksNow, "The CDC approved 4 filter fabrics. They are mid to light weight NON-WOVEN polyester. It must must must not be iron on. The Masks Now Coalition posted this three days ago. The approved fabrics are: Pellon 830 Easy Pattern, Pellon 40 Midweight Stabilizer, Pellon 30 Lightweight Stabilizer, and Pellon 810." #MasksNow Facebook Group
- 3/27/20 - Sauk Prairie Healthcare
COMMUNITY CLOTH MASK PROJECT - Complete instructions, patterns, and drop-off information, as with as helpful FAQ's on their website.
Drop Off Point for Homemade Hospital Masks
- The Electric Needle - they have a long list of hospitals currently accepting masks and specify which types of patterns to use.
- Your own residence - Put a message out on Nextdoor or your Facebook page to let your friends, family, and neighbors know that you are sewing masks. You are fortunate to have such a skill! Make sure those around you are provided for.
How to Request Help
- Surgical Caps and Shoe Covers for Froedtert
- The "Olson Mask" currently endorsed by SSM/UnityPoint, widely used
- Rachel's "Kid Size Olson Mask" Pattern and Assembly Instructions
- Pleated Mask currently endorsed by Froedtert
- Pleated Mask with Filter Pocket currently endorsed by Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Help in non-sewing ways