washable masks for Washington farms  

 

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This mutual aid initiative consists of classroom teachers, public school administrators, and arts educators from across Washington state, who are on a mission to collect and distribute masks for the migrant communities we work within and care deeply about. We believe that this community deserves support, dignity, and advocacy.

 

Migrant workers are essential workers who are exposed to high-risk conditions due to lack of PPE masks being made available to them. Every meal we eat is made possible by farm workers who work regardless of heat, cold, rain, snow, and now a pandemic. 

 

We invite you to join us in our work to protect this much-needed community by making masks - we have provided a sample pattern. Additional ways to support and give thanks can be found here

Este mutual fue un iniciativa empezado entre profesoras de aula, administradores de escuela públicas, artistas, y activistas a través del estado de Washington. Nuestra meta es a recolectar y distribuir máscaras para las comunidades de migrantes entre el estado. Creamos que esté comunidad merece respeto, apoyo, y defensa. 

 

Los trabajadores migrantes son trabajadores esenciales que están expuestos a condiciones de alto riesgo debido a la falta de máscaras de EPP disponibles para ellos. Cada comida que comemos es posible gracias a los trabajadores agrícolas que trabajan independientemente del calor, el frío, la lluvia, la nieve y ahora, una pandemia.

 

Te invitamos a unirte a nosotros en nuestro trabajo para proteger esta comunidad tan necesaria haciendo máscaras. Hemos proporcionado un patrón de muestra. Formas adicionales de apoyar y dar gracias se pueden encontrar aquí.

10 masks for every household

CUT 2 DIFFERENT FABRICS
9" W x 8" L
(cotton fabric)
CUT 4 TIES
18" in length
(cotton fabric)
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TIE TIPS
KNIT FABRIC -
BIAS TAPE -
RIBBON -
SHOELACES and MORE!
Use an old t-shirt! Cut into 1" strips. Note: Some knits will roll/curl at edges
Stitch long edges together
Tie small knots at the ends to keep from fraying
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SUGGESTED PATTERN*

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SANDWICH FABRIC TOGETHER
(right sides facing each other)
WITH A TIE IN EACH CORNER
PIN THE CORNERS WITH THE TIES AT AN ANGLE
FOR SECURITY

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SEW SIDES TOGETHER:

Sew around the edges leaving a 1/2 seam allowance and a 3 inch gap on one side.
At the corners, sew back-and-forth to secure the ties in place. Make sure to angle the tie strings in the corners. Take care not to sew any dangling portions of the ties!

Remember to leave an opening! 

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PULL MASK RIGHT SIDE OUT INCLUDING TIES THROUGH THE
1 1/2 INCH GAP

(Hand stitch gap closed)
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PLEATS:
 
Fold fabric to make 3 evenly spaced pleats and
pin into place
Finished adult masks will be 3 inches tall.
Top stitch around to sew pleats into place.
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Tie masks with simple nose design

Adult and child's masks are welcome

Migrant workers work long hours (over 12 hours in heavy harvest times) and wear multiple layers as sun protection in the summer. Use two layers of cotton, rectangular style with ties. These masks need to be washable and wearable with various sun gear (sunglasses, hats, etc.) as summer arrives. Please do not include clamps or material that cinch, pinch or conform at the nose in these masks.
A mix of sizes (adult and child) are appreciated, please see the below chart for assistance with pattern adjustments.

There are other ways to get involved! Click here!

Buy masks, donate food, and other opportunities to help those in need!
 

DROP OFF FINISHED MASKS

ST. JOHN'S BAR & EATERY
719 E. Pike St. 
Seattle, WA 98122
Tues - Sat 2pm - 7pm

OLIVER'S TWIST

6822 Greenwood Ave N, 

Seattle, WA 98103

Tues-Sat 3pm-8pm

OR

MAIL FINISHED MASKS 

WASHMASKS
PO Box 16500
Seattle, WA 98116

CONTACT 

Questions? 
Email in English or Spanish!

*WARNING: The pattern is an educational tutorial only. This tutorial, design, or any product created therefrom is intended to be used for educational purposes only and is not intended to be used to create a medical or similar device. This tutorial, design, or any product created therefrom is not intended, nor has it been tested, to reduce or eliminate the transmission of any respiratory or airborne pathogen, allergen, or any type of particle or droplet, and on that basis, should not be used for any such purpose. The creators of this site make no warranties express or implied, that this tutorial, design, or any product created therefrom is intended, or is suitable for use to reduce or eliminate the transmission of any respiratory or airborne pathogen, allergen, or any type of particle or droplet. Any user of this tutorial, design, or any product created therefrom for anything other than educational purposes assumes the risk of serious injury or death. For information on how to reduce the transmission of pathogens, please consult a qualified and competent health care professional.