Suwanee group hosting livestream teaching how to make face masks

A Suwanee business is taking advantage of live streaming Wednesday to instruct people how to create medical masks.

On March 25, instructor Courtenay Christian, owner of Threaded from Heaven sewing studio, will stream on Facebook and show people how to craft medical masks for their own use. 

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The hand-sewing tutorial will take place twice: once at noon and again at 3 p.m. Participants should have supplies, including a needle, thread, scissors and straight pins on hand. They should also cut cotton fabric into a 9×6 rectangle and have ¼ inch flat elastic or beading cord elastic.

The masks, read a post, are “not a COVID-19 prevention.”

“Grab your needle and thread, a little bit of fabric and let’s make a medical mask. This would be great for yourself, kids or to give to grandparents,” the post said.

The mask-making tutorial comes at a time when not only are surgical masks in short supply, but allergy season has begun. 

But while people have taken to sewing masks, the Food and Drug Administration website notes surgical masks, which are loose-fitting, are “meant to help block large-particle droplets, splashes, sprays, or splatter that may contain germs (viruses and bacteria), keeping it from reaching your mouth and nose.” By design, the masks do not “filter or block very small particles in the air that may be transmitted by coughs, sneezes, or certain medical procedures.”

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Help Us, Help Them — Medical Masks hand sewing tutorial
Noon–1 p.m. and 3–4 p.m. Wednesday, March 25
Facebook livestream

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