A look at all of the Pittsburgh groups that are sewing face masks to donate and how you can help
Update July 14: Are you looking to buy a mask? We’ve put together a list of the Pittsburgh artists/makers who are making and selling masks.
Lots of folks are making and donating masks across the country and here in Pittsburgh. Here is a roundup of who is making masks and how you can get involved.
Note: this story is about volunteers who are making cloth masks; these are not medical grade masks.
A group of volunteers have organized to sew and distribute masks to individuals and organizations around Pittsburgh.
How you can help Operation Facemask Pittsburgh:
- Volunteer to help wash, cut, sew, masks
- Volunteer to drive or bike supplies and masks
- Donate money
- Donate supplies – fabric, ties, vacuum seal bags
Need masks? Operation Facemask Pittsburgh is giving masks away free of charge. You can request masks here.
- Essential workers
Follow Operation Facemask:
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None of us imagined this is what we’d be doing right now, but our community is so strong! Thanks to all the stitchers and volunteers stepping up! Things grow every hour: @aschweig is making our website, @chknfeed has taken over as Researcher/Buyer so @jenn_gooch can keep sewing, Brick is Mask Coordinator to handle requests, and so many professional stitchers have joined the team: @kulavintage , @eileenstroup, and other unemployed @iatse489 costumers and union siblings. We are looking for volunteer drivers, washers, and cutters. *All volunteers must learn and follow sanitation protocol. Email all inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org ♥️😷♥️
Radiant Hall has teamed up with the following local businesses to make and distribute masks around Pittsburgh:
- Firecracker Fabrics
- Cut & Sew Studio
- Pittsburgh Center for Creative Reuse
How you can help (mask) MAKERS PGH:
- Volunteer to sew masks at home. You can read the (mask)MAKERS PGH instruction sheet here.
- Donate materials
- Donate money
- Shop from the local businesses that are participating in this effort.
Where are the masks going?
(mask)MAKERS PGH is donating masks to grocery workers, funeral homes, pharmacies, gas stations, nursing homes, etc.
Abram’s Nation is a Pittsburgh manufacturer that makes products for special needs families including adaptive clothing. Abram’s nation is looking for volunteers who can help them to sew face masks.
A Gibsonia company is using its resources to support caretakers in need.
How you can help Abram’s Nation:
- Pick up pre-cut fabric kits from their factory in Gibsonia and sew the masks, return the masks to Abram Nation for finishing. (via Next Pittsburgh)
Posted by Abram's Nation on Friday, March 27, 2020
This Facebook group is coordinating volunteers to make masks that will be distributed to the health care community. Mary Beth Kratsas and Becky Auer are organizing sewers to make masks to be donated locally.
Sewing For Angels has set up drop off locations around the Pittsburgh area: North Hills, Monroeville, Penn Hills, South Hills, Southside & Washington, PA.
How you can help Sewing for Angels:
- Sew masks to be donated – join the Sewing for Angels Facebook group for more information.
- Donate money to the Sewing for Angels GoFundMe page
How health care facilities can request masks from Sewing for Angels?
Masks can be requested online here.
This is a Facebook group where sewers are sharing ideas and others are requesting masks.
DIY Mask Patterns and Tutorials
Jenn Gooch has put together several tutorial videos for Operation Facemask.
The Washington Post has a roundup of DIY mask patterns.
There is little research about homemade masks, and some researchers think they give wearers a false sense of security.
Where to buy handmade masks in Pittsburgh?
Several people have asked where they could buy locally made facemasks. For almost all of the requests we’ve seen online, a mask maker offered to send one for free.
If you know of a local business that is selling facemasks, please let us know helloPittsburgh@verylocal.com