Sewing Masks

Sewing Masks

You may have seen posts floating around the internet that call on sewists to make masks, with pattern recommendations. At this time RICK RACK Textiles does not endorse the act of sewing masks, and here is our explanation why.

During these stressful times we may feel powerless and at a loss as to how we can help. We WANT to help. Crafters are generous, kind, and giving and the idea that we can apply our crafty superpowers to a cause in the face of crisis is really appealing. It may make us feel better to keep busy and craft masks but the reality is that not one official medical organization in our country has asked crafters to sew masks.

Also, homemade masks may send the wrong message to those that see them in use. Scientific studies have shown that the effectiveness of homemade masks is extremely low. Also, re-using masks is highly discouraged by medical professionals even in times of crisis, and while disinfecting handmade masks may be possible, the process of handling used masks puts individuals at risk.

So many charities, non-profits, friends and neighbours will need our help in the coming months. If you are a crafter who is looking for ways to use your crafty superpowers for good during this crisis, then please consider busting your stash of fabrics to make items that could be sold at a market or donated for a silent auction after this crisis and period of social distancing is over.

Here are some ideas that might inspire you and provide a way to channel your creative energy:

Crafting is an act of love, and using craft to help others can be one of the most rewarding things that one can do. This message is not to discourage anyone from crafting for charity; it is simply a request that you direct your efforts thoughtfully to where it would be mot beneficial to your community.

Thank you for being so caring and giving. Stay safe and take care of each other.