Due to the current Stay at Home efforts, we can't get together to share our love of sewing in person. Look for a new way to connect with your sewing friends coming soon! Contact our President, Lolita Cox for Zoom credentials to set up your Neighborhood Group Meeting.
Minnesota Homemade Mask Drive
These mask drives are ongoing. Look for details as they become available.
Guidelines on creating face masks include:
- Build a mask that tightly encloses the area around the nose and mouth, from the bridge of the nose down to the chin, and extending onto the cheek beyond the corners of the mouth, so no gaps occur when talking or moving.
- Use mask material that is tightly woven but breathable. Double-layer the fabric if possible.The mask should be tolerant of expected amounts of moisture from breathing.
- Masks must be made from washable material such as fabric. Choose a fabric that can handle high temperatures and bleach without shrinking or otherwise deforming.
- Suggested materials:
- Outer layer tea cloth
- Inner layer of a microfleece to wick away moisture
- Use an accordion fold to mimic a hospital mask as much as possible
- Use a fat woven shoelace type material to bind the sides (such as quilt binding)
- For straps, use elastic straps, shoelaces, or strips of fabric to loop behind the ears.
There is no standard design for a homemade facemask. Below are example design guides and patterns:
- North Memorial: How to make a healthcare face mask
- Allina Health: How to make a facemask
- CDC: Use of Cloth Face Coverings to Help Slow the Spread of COVID-19
- Video: DIY: How to sew Face Mask
- New York Times: How to Sew a Fabric Face Mask
The CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings to protect others from COVID-19. Cloth face masks can help prevent the wearer’s germs from infecting others – especially in situations where they may spread the virus without symptoms. Cloth face masks are not a proven way to prevent COVID-19 from infecting the wearer.
Thank you for all the work that our members and friends of ASG have done already to help with this effort. You are appreciated! Please contribute to this new initiative as your time, energy and resources allow.
Our Sewing Machines are our Weapons!
We are not powerless. We have the ability to make a difference in this battle with the Coronavirus. Every person that can be kept OUT of the hospital helps keep our healthcare system viable. We have been requested to sew face masks for nursing homes, mental health residences and medical facilities.
We have the skills and the time. Let's start sewing. If you find a pattern that works well for you, make it up in quantity. If you need supplies, let us know, but NOW is the time to use up fabrics from our stash and small pieces that we have been hanging onto. More info coming soon. Please feel free to Google "free face mask patterns". Rosemary is our Community Service sewing coordinator. If you have questions or masks ready for distribution, contact her. Feel free to call your local nursing homes, senior residences and other facilities you think may need these masks. Get their contact information and let Rosemary know. You can reach her at:
Blue Cross Face Mask Pattern
Allina & Blue Cross patterns are virtually identical
Please check for facilities needing masks at
There may be a need very close to you
A Sewing Alliance for Good
Sewing Angels Needed
Fabric Masks Offer Threads of Hope
A Message from ASG.org's Webgoddess
As a sewist myself, I have been blessed to be a part of the ASG community for many years. I am also a part of the Sewing & Craft Alliance and am thrilled to be able to bridge the gap between the two organizations, especially for National Sewing Month.
After receiving many requests through SCA for fabric masks, I quickly developed a website to match the needs of healthcare agencies with the thousands of sewing angels that exist between our two organizations.
WeNeedMasks.org launched yesterday afternoon and the response has been overwhelming. The healthcare organizations listed are pleading for masks to help them through this crisis and I will share with you that many of the requests have brought me to tears. From large hospitals that are overwhelmed to small clinics, healthcare centers, nursing homes, senior centers and EMS facilities, they are all including notes asking that we please send them whatever we can as quickly as we can.
Fabric masks do not prevent COVID-19; however, at the discretion of the healthcare professionals, they are being used on patients, as well as being used over top of the N-95 masks to extend the life of the mask. And they are needed.
Please help now. Today. ASG members can make a difference and your skills are desperately needed. There are patterns on the website, but you can use any pattern for the surgical-style mask and it can have either elastic or fabric ties. There is also a pattern for an Olson mask that is more detailed, but is being requested by some organizations.
As soon as you can, visit the Locations page of WeNeedMasks.org 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. Masks should be placed in sealed plastic bags and will be laundered by the facility upon receipt.
At SCA, we are coordinating additional efforts and will provide information as it becomes available.
A message to Twin Cities seamsters:
If you hear of organizations needing masks within our communities, please encourage them to add their facilities to weneedmasks.org. It is a good place to keep a centralized list of places that we can contact and make donations as we complete our masks. We are doing valuable work contributing to the common good with our skills. Congratulations and thanks to all who are using their assets to keep this enemy from overtaking our citizens. Safe sewing to all!
ASG-MSP Chapter featured on News
Our Chapter was featured in a story aired on KSTP Channel 5 news. We had a hard time practicing social distancing in my sewing room, but we did the best we could. Give it a look. Keep on sewing those masks!
The American Sewing Guild (ASG) is a national membership organization that welcomes sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels and from many different walks of life. Chapters are located in cities all across the country and members of all ages meet monthly to learn new sewing skills, network with others who share an interest in sewing and participate in community service sewing projects. Membership in the Guild gives you an opportunity to experience your love of any type of home sewing with others who share your interest. Join us!
Lolita and Rosemary joined forces with the Minneapolis Institute of Art to bring an exhibit to life. They helped sew pillows with CarryOn Homes. See the results at the MIA.
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