Personal Use & Medical Masks: local store “Karen’s Quilting Corner” offers sewing directions & collection/distribute option
From owner Karen Jolin: “If you have the time & materials, there is a need for masks…I’ve been in contact with the Regional Emergency Management Team here in Berkshire County (representing 8 local communities) as well as a representative from BMC (Berkshire Medical Center)… Karen’s Quilting Corner, my store on rt. 7, is currently closed but there will be two plastic containers outside our front door for those who want to drop off any masks. We will get them to where they need to go.”
Personal Use Masks:
Here are some patterns that people are using for masks. These patterns are for “non-medical” or personal use and will be distributed to non-profit(food banks) and other agencies through the Regional Emergency Management Team. This will help to prevent the spreading of germs but cotton does not keep the virus from spreading.
Suggestions on materials:
Please use a high quality 100% cotton. Batiks have a tighter weave. Some people are suggesting flannel for the fabric close to the face. You can also use a lightweight interfacing between the layers. Please prewash fabric.
Local Drop Off points:
For local people, we are currently closed but will put a two plastic containers outside our front door for those who want to drop off any masks. We will get them to where they need to go.
You might also google other patterns and youtube videos. There are patterns for both adults and children:
Medical Use Masks:
This is information from Berkshire Medical Center for masks that can be made to be used with the N95 filters (includes a tutorial)
Two drop points for these masks are at BMC and Berkshire Outfitters.
Please stay safe and healthy!
Your friends at Karen’s Quilting