Updated: Apr 28, 2020
Use these patterns to make your own protective face mask, courtesy of JoAnn Fabrics and Poppie Cotton. The YMCA of the Inland Northwest needs masks for its essential worker childcare program.
UPDATE (April 28): Our sponsor, YMCA of the Inland Northwest, is providing childcare for essential workers at the Central YMCA facility, and they need child-sized face masks. Please use the Poppie Cotton Mask Patterns below, which include Extra Small (ages 3 to 6) and Small (ages 7 to 12) patterns.
Completed masks and materials can be dropped off at the Central YMCA facility at 930 N Monroe, Spokane, during regular business hours, 7:30 am - 5:30 pm.
UPDATE (April 2): Greater Spokane County (GSC) Meals on Wheels is in need of 200 face masks for their volunteers to wear. They also need supplies of fabric, elastic, and bias tape to make masks.
Completed masks and supplies can be dropped off at the GSC Meals on Wheels office at 12101 E Sprague Ave, Spokane Valley, behind the Chase Bank. For more information, contact Janet Dixon, Director of Development and Communications, at (509) 924-6976 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The safest thing any of us can do during the COVID-19 pandemic is to stay home and practice social distancing. But if you have to venture outside, you should take every precaution conceivable to protect yourself. That's why we're sharing these two sets of instructions and patterns for DIY face masks you can make from household materials.
DISCLAIMER: homemade face masks are no substitute for proper surgical masks. The CDC has recently released new guidelines regarding wearing masks. While non-surgical masks offer limited protection from the virus, they do help wearers stop touching their eyes, nose and mouth. Also, hospitals and other healthcare providers are unlikely to accept homemade masks, should you wish to donate them.
Click the links below to download PDF instructions and patterns.
We'd love to see your completed face mask! Tag @RSVPofSpokaneCounty on Facebook.