When my mother was in school, home economics was a required course. As a result, she is a gifted seamstress, having made many beautiful clothes for me when I was growing up. Now, she rarely makes anything from scratch, mostly using her skills for alterations. I now wish I had listened and taken home economics as an elective versus an additional business course. All these years later, I have tried taking sewing classes with no great success.
My mom calls when she needs research or something she cannot easily find. She called looking for a pattern to make her own masks at home. We were able to find the directions, but not a traceable pattern.
Plato first said that “necessity is the mother of all invention”. Not to be deterred, she created her own pattern and fashioned her first mask. The initial red one was her prototype, having doubled the fabric and making it difficult to breathe through. Her next two were made with handkerchiefs, and the last attempts utilized bandannas. She implemented different sizes for larger family members.
We initially discussed the fact that authorities were telling us that wearing other than the approved masks were ineffective. That was before the rampant spreading of Covid-19, and the worldwide shortage of approved masks.
This morning, Chinese scientists are telling the United States that even though not completely safe, wearing a basic mask is better than nothing for helping in preventing spread of Covid-19.
Tap into the resources available to you. There are still a lot of people that enjoy sewing. Maybe they can film a video for you to share with your kids and teach them to make their own masks. You can always find a type of fabric in your home that will work. Many websites are offering patterns and instructions for making your masks at home. Everybody has a little creative in them!
While we would love to all have a steady supply of approved masks, things are too critical to our providers on the front lines to risk critical equipment for us. That is a major reason we need to stay at home and try to do our part as a good neighbor to get through this outbreak.
I am proud of my parents and their resilience during a time when they are both high risk. They both have ongoing health issues, with immediate needs for medical care that is not considered essential at this point in time. They are doing their part to stay well and not expose anyone else around them. We are keeping in touch daily and sharing lots of photos and texts. They grew up during hard times, learning how to “make do” with what was available until they could afford what they wanted. They both have extraordinary patience and a strong faith that they can come through this drastic change in ordinary life.