Over the past few weeks, we have seen so many artists stepping up to the task of sewing face masks as a form of protection during this global pandemic.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our curbside pickup of cotton fabric on March 24 in order to sew face masks for health care settings in need! This fabric came from our stash of donated fabric to the Garage Sale (currently postponed, with a date TBD!). Unfortunately, we have no elastic leftover.

Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a recommendation that everyone should, “wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.”

Below you will find some resources we have pulled together for you to shop fabric masks, or make your own!

Masks for sale through Textile Center’s Shop

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    Lara Neel Masks

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Other artists selling masks

Makwa Studio

Maggie Thompson
Textile Center Board Member

Indigo & Snow

Annabella Sardelis
Textile Center Shop & Teaching Artist

Mezame Designs

Lauren Oland
Textile Center Shop Artist

Resources to make masks!

Noted by organizations as safe for frontline health care workers

Please make sure any donated masks are following the guidelines of the health system you are donating to.

Good for personal use, not intended for frontline health care workers

Kathleen Richert

Textile Center Teaching Artist

Download “Fitted Fabric Face Mask” PDF instructions here.

Dr. Christian Schrock

No-sew masks by Twin Cities epidemiologist and infectious-disease consultant

View the instructions online here.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

For non-sewers: face masks with household items. No sewing required.

View the video on YouTube here.

Jonah’s Hands

Crocheted mask with pocket. Insert fabric, felt, or any material into the pocket for additional protection.

View the video on YouTube here.

Opportunities to help

Join a group from the University of Minnesota sewing masks for healthcare workers at 27 hospices and hospitals throughout the Twin Cities. Around 3,000 masks have been requested. For more information, contact Anne Morehouse at anne@mnfuneralplanning.com.

The University’s Office of Facilities Management has requested help securing and/or making masks for our essential workers on campus. The University’s supply is low, and shortages are making it difficult to purchase more. If you have any available, or if you are making masks and would be interested in donating them, please send them to Ruthann Manlet, Facilities Management, 57 Heller Hall, 271 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455.

Boomerang Bags Volunteers are sewing masks for health care according to health care setting guidelines. Please click here for details on how to sign up if you’re a clinic, or learn about making/donating masks.

Million Masks a Day has put together a database of facilities in every state that are in need of masks. Check it out here: millionmasksaday.com/we-need-masks

Mask MVMT is “a local, grassroots mutual-aid effort to connect mask-makers with the people who need them.” Requests masks for your organization, or get involved in making masks and view current service areas.