Home-sewn face masks
Volunteers across the country are making masks. TWP offers these resources if you are able to help our city's medical personnel.
NOTE: Homemade cloth masks do not filter out COVID-19 and can’t offer health care workers as much protection as certified N95 masks, but they can provide at least some physical protection.
TWP has received the assistance we needed on masks and appreciate your support. We encourage you to make masks and donate them to groups in the community who need them.
Fabric masks offer the benefit of being able to be washed and re-used as each healthcare worker needs to change their mask several times during their shifts, as the mask becomes soiled or damp – for maximum protection.
The Olson, a new modular mask, was named after 1930’s legendary maker nurse Lyla Mae Olson, and was quickly developed by clinicians from UnityPoint Health and is being shared across the globe in the fight against COVID19. A group of clinicians teamed up in the generate prototyping space at UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids to create a series of experimental designs rooted in material science for easy fabrication. No special instruments are required for fabrication, and the pattern is compatible with common mask patterns being released around the country.
Masks don't have to be stylish – just functional. Non-matching fabrics, thread, elastics are fine... they just need to be well sewn masks with no frayed edges or missed seams.