Since the pandemic started, we have seen so many artists stepping up to the task of sewing face masks as a form of protection.

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.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone should, “wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.” In the City of Minneapolis as of Tuesday, May 26 — masks are required in indoor public spaces.

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

    $16.20$20.00
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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

Opportunities to help

Last updated 6/30/20. Please email any opportunities to add to this list to Mia at mfinnamore@textilecentermn.org.

6/3/20 — Sharing a call to action from our Textile Center Board Member Maggie Thompson (Fond du Lac Ojibwe) of Makwa Studio who is mobilizing artists, printmakers, and sewers across the country and around the world through social media to create and give away masks in solidarity and support of protestors.

Visit makwastudio.com/the-protest-mask-project to “find templates and patterns that are free to download to use in your own communities. We also ask that you use the same type face (20th Century) in order to present a look of unity. If you participate, let us know by tagging @makwa_studio on Instagram or email us at makwastudiomaskup@gmail.com.”

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.

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.