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Our way to support the everyday heroes.

The crowd-helping campaign in times of corona.

#StayHomeAndSew

Currently it is difficult to obtain necessary protective masks worldwide. But they are very important for our everyday heroes: nursing homes, aid organizations and many social institutions urgently need masks to protect employees and at-risk persons from the corona virus.

 

With #StayHomeAndSew we show you how you can produce face masks quickly and easily at home and which institutions in your area are currently desperately looking for them. 

 

Note: Self-sewn face masks do not guarantee protection against viruses! But they can reduce the risk of infecting others. Self-sewn masks can therefore be a sensible alternative to protective masks as long as there are supply shortages.

What is #StayHomeAndSew about?


Currently it is difficult to obtain necessary protective masks worldwide. Still they are very important for our everyday heroes: nursing homes, aid organizations and many social institutions urgently need masks to protect employees and at-risk persons from the corona virus.

With #StayHomeAndSew we show you how you can produce face masks quickly and easily at home and which institutions in your area are currently desperately looking for them. The crowd-helping action in times of Corona.

Note: Self-sewn face masks do not guarantee protection against viruses! But they can reduce the risk of infecting others. Self-sewn masks can therefore be a sensible alternative to protective masks as long as there are supply shortages.




Why do we need self-sewn masks in Germany?


Due to the corona pandemic, protective gear is in short supply. ¹ Planned deliveries are postponed without indication of a new delivery date. Doctors, paramedics, nurses and patients in hospitals and emergency services should of course continue to wear professionally manufactured protective masks - but in many other areas, self-sewn face masks are better than nothing. Wearing a self-stitched face mask can prevent droplets from spreading to other people and thus reduce the risk of infection. ² ¹ Welt.de ² Spiegel.de




Who receives the self-made face masks from #StayHomeAndSew?


The self-sewn face masks are intended for full-time and voluntary workers in nursing homes, social institutions, pharmacies, medical practices, birth centers, logo and physiotherapy practices and other aid organizations. Many institutions have already announced their demand. ¹ Should the supply shortages in Germany worsen further, hospitals could also fall back on the supply. ¹ Saarbrücker Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Potsdamer Neuer Zeitung




Who can join in?


No matter if millennial, boomer or pensioner - everyone who has a knack for needle and thread can help. Companies and organizations such as workshops for disabled people who had to close their facilities on the instructions of the authorities can also participate. We are thankful for everyone who promotes the campaign in their environment and becomes active themselves!




How effective are self-sewn masks at protection?


Self-sewn masks do not guarantee protection against viruses! But they can at least reduce the risk of infecting others. Because self-sewn face masks can reduce the spread of droplets by the wearer. ¹ According to virologist Prof. Christian Drosten, they are mainly used to protect other people, not for self-protection.

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have found that self-sewn cotton face masks can filter out about a third of particles compared to certified mouth-nose protection (MNS).² Other sources even speak of 70%.³ Even if professional protective masks capture more particles, self-sewn specimens are a sensible alternative as long as there are supply shortages of certified protective equipment.

¹ US National Library of Medicine ² Testing the efficacy of homemade masks ³ smartairfilters.com




What is the best material for self-sewn face masks?


Basically, any material is suitable if it is made of boil-proof cotton and if inhalation or exhalation through the fabric is possible without greater breathing resistance. T-shirts and pillowcases made of 100% cotton are the best choice for self-made face masks according to researchers from the University of Cambridge.¹ These fabrics have good breathability, which increases the comfort of wearing the masks for several hours. Tea towels can also be re-used for a good cause. If you like it more creative, you can also make your face mask from a vacuum cleaner bag. For thinner fabrics, it can be useful to use the material in two layers. ¹ Testing the efficacy of homemade masks




Disclaimer


We hereby expressly point out that StayHomeAndSew does not accept any liability for the effectiveness, manufacture or proper use of the face masks. Any claim for damages against StayHomeAndSew due to injury to life, body or health - regardless of whether from the user or the respective opposite party - is excluded. The manufacture / use of the face masks is exclusively at the user's own risk. A face mask can reduce the probability of an infection, but cannot eliminate any risks. The use of a face mask should always be in conjunction with further preventive measures. To this end, the hygiene regulations of the Robert Koch Institute must be observed without fail.




Where do I get fabrics from?


It is best, of course, if you stay at home and use materials from your household. T-shirts and pillowcases as well as dish towels and vacuum cleaner bags are suitable. Many cities now also offer fabric storage facilities where you can buy left-over fabric for the protective masks free of charge. There may also be a fabric shop nearby where you can pick up or order fabric.




Do I need a sewing machine?


As face masks are regularly washed very hot, it is important that the seams hold well. A sewing machine, in addition to its speed, is therefore a great advantage. If you don't have a sewing machine and still want to sew, you can of course do so - but you will have to allow for more time and patience.




How long does it take to produce a face mask?


It depends on how skilled you are! The first face mask will probably take a little longer. Once you get the hang of it, you will need about 10 minutes to prepare the fabrics and another 10 minutes to sew a mask.




Should I wear a face mask myself?


Of course you can also sew a face mask for yourself and wear it in public. Even though you do not have any symptoms, you may have the virus and infect other people. This is especially true if you are young, because young people often do not even notice the disease. So a mask prophylactically protects the others from you.¹ Prof. Christian Drosten, virologist at the Charité Berlin, recommends wearing face masks in public if it is not possible to keep a safe distance of two meters from other people.² Face masks are most effective when everyone is wearing them. So, convince as many people as possible to participate! #maskup ¹ Twitter Account of Christian Drosten ² Norddeutscher Rundfunk NDR




What must be considered when wearing a face mask?


Since the fabric gets wet very quickly, you should only put on a self-sewn face mask when you enter a shop, for example, and take it off again when you no longer meet people. If you don't wear your mask, make sure to store it correctly: The outside should not touch the inside.

IMPORTANT: Wearing a mask is no reason to throw away all other protective measures. Keeping your distance, washing your hands frequently and staying home whenever possible is and will remain essential!

Click here for the hygiene tips from the Federal Centre for Health Education




How long can self-sewn face masks be worn?


As soon as the fabric of the face mask is wet it loses its protective effect. If this is the case, the mask must be changed and washed. This usually happens after 2 hours.




What should be observed when cleaning the face masks?


The face masks must be washed before their first use. They can be washed in the washing machine at 60 °C - 90 °C or boiled in a water bath on the stove for 5 minutes. The face masks must be stored in a dry place. Used masks should be washed and dried again at a minimum of 60 °C after each use.




What do I need to make a face mask?


For a face mask you need boil-proof cotton fabric, for example from a pillowcase or a T-shirt, and a wire (handicraft wire, paper clip) to fix it in the nose area. To sew the mask you also need sewing equipment such as a sewing machine, scissors and iron.




Where do I send my self-stitched face masks?


Here you will find a list of all facilities that urgently need face masks. The list also shows how many masks are required by each institution. Pick an institution you want to send your sewn masks to and make sure that you send your parcel to the correct address. DO NOT FORGET: Tells us via the contact form, how many masks you have sent to which institution. This is the only way we can keep the list up to date and ensure that all facilities are supplied with face masks.




How can I request face masks for my facility?


Facilities that have a need for face masks made of fabric can enter it using the contact form. The demand will appear a short time later in the list of facilities on StayHomeAndSew. Please make sure to include the correct address for delivery of the parcels. Requests for private persons cannot be considered. We will be happy to answer further questions at hi@stayhomeandsew.de.





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"We don't see ourselves as heroes. When your appreciation takes the form of face masks, we feel very touched. I thank you all for your support!" 

Sibylle Goll, nurse in the old people's and nursing home in Ditzingen

What you need to start sewing

 

Fabric

Make sure that the fabric is boil-proof cotton.

Wire

Handicraft wire, pipe cleaner or, if necessary, bent paper clips or hair pins.

Sewing machine

Alternatively, you can also use needle & thread. But it will take longer...

Iron

No iron at home? Maybe it works with a hot pan... or maybe you should ask the neighbour? ;)

Additionally: scissors, ruler, pins

#WatchAndSew

What is the best material for self-sewn face masks?


Basically, any material is suitable if it is made of boil-proof cotton and if inhalation or exhalation through the fabric is possible without greater breathing resistance. T-shirts and pillowcases made of 100% cotton are the best choice for self-made face masks according to researchers from the University of Cambridge.¹ These fabrics have good breathability, which increases the comfort of wearing the masks for several hours. Tea towels can also be re-used for a good cause. If you like it more creative, you can also make your face mask from a vacuum cleaner bag. For thinner fabrics, it can be useful to use the material in two layers. ¹ Testing the Efficacy of Homemade Masks




Do I need a sewing machine?


As face masks are regularly washed very hot, it is important that the seams hold well. A sewing machine, in addition to its speed, is therefore a great advantage. If you don't have a sewing machine and still want to sew, you can of course do so - but you will have to allow for more time and patience.




How long does it take to produce a face mask?


It depends on how skilled you are! The first face mask will probably take a little longer. Once you get the hang of it, you will need about 10 minutes to prepare the fabrics and another 10 minutes to sew a mask.




Where can I get fabrics?


Of course, it is best to stay at home and use fabrics from your household. T-shirts and pillowcases as well as dish towels and vacuum cleaner bags are suitable. Many cities now also offer fabric warehouses where you can buy leftover fabric for your face masks free of charge. There may also be a fabric shop nearby where you can pick up or order fabric.





Note: The tutorial is currently only available in German

Step-by-step instructions

Step 1

Draw dimensions on cardboard or transfer them directly to the fabric. Then cut out.

1x 17 cm x 34 cm (mask part) 

2x 4 cm x 91 cm (head bands) 

2x 4 cm x 17 cm (edge reinforcement) 

Step 2

Fold and iron the mask piece once in the middle along the long edge. Then make three folds in the fabric (1.3 cm deep), pin and iron flat.

Step 3

Fold the ends of the two headbands 0.5 cm inwards and iron them. Also iron the long outer edges inwards. Finally, lay the headbands on top of each other in the middle, iron them and fix them flush with needles or clips.

Step 4

Fold over and iron the edge reinforcements along the long outer edge by 0.5 cm. Fold in the middle, iron flush and pin in place.

Step 5

Cut a 15 cm long wire and fold the ends once so that the wire cannot pierce the fabric.

Step 6

Insert the wire into an edge reinforcement. Then insert the mask part into the edge reinforcement and fix it. Reinforce the horizontal 17 cm long edges. Sew the mask piece with a straight stitch and fix the edges.

Step 7

Repeat the procedure for the second edge reinforcement.

Step 8

Sew the ends of the headbands first. Then locate and mark the middle of the headbands.

Step 9

Place the mask part in the middle of the headgear and fix it. Close the open side of the headgear with a straight stitch and sew it to the mask part.

Step 10

Repeat the procedure for the second headgear. Finally, remove the protruding threads. Done!

Note: Self-sewn masks do not guarantee protection against viruses! But they can reduce the risk of infecting others.

Disclaimer

We hereby expressly point out that StayHomeAndSew does not accept any liability for the effectiveness, manufacture or proper use of the face masks. Any claim for damages against StayHomeAndSew due to injury to life, body or health - regardless of whether from the user or the respective opposite party - is excluded. The manufacture / use of the face masks is exclusively at the user's own risk. A face mask can reduce the probability of an infection, but cannot eliminate any risks. The use of a face mask should always be in conjunction with further preventive measures. To this end, the hygiene regulations of the Robert Koch Institute must be observed without fail.

Sending your masks

We thank you very much for your commitment!

Click here for a list of all institutions that are urgently looking for self-made fabric masks. Choose an institution and send your masks to the address given.

Help us to keep track.

Please use the contact form to tell us how many masks you have sent to which institution. This is the only way we can keep the list up-to-date and ensure that all institutions are supplied with fabric masks.

 

#StayHomeAndSew

An initiative from the makers of the Save the World Tour.

Special thanks to Julia Flohr (Instructions/Tutorial), Franziska Zobel (Illustrations), Sophia Schwenkert (Legal), Lisa Schuhmacher (Icons), 

sowie Tim Kohlen (Twitter, Translation), Theresa Holz, Sibylle Goll, Franziska Goll, Sarah Damours & Jonas Penzely (Support)

#MASKEAUF

What is the best material for self-sewn face masks?


Basically, any material is suitable if it is made of boil-proof cotton and if inhalation or exhalation through the fabric is possible without greater breathing resistance. T-shirts and pillowcases made of 100% cotton are the best choice for self-made face masks according to researchers from the University of Cambridge.¹ These fabrics have good breathability, which increases the comfort of wearing the masks for several hours. Tea towels can also be re-used for a good cause. If you like it more creative, you can also make your face mask from a vacuum cleaner bag. For thinner fabrics, it can be useful to use the material in two layers. ¹ Testing the Efficacy of Homemade Masks




Do I need a sewing machine?


As face masks are regularly washed very hot, it is important that the seams hold well. A sewing machine, in addition to its speed, is therefore a great advantage. If you don't have a sewing machine and still want to sew, you can of course do so - but you will have to allow for more time and patience.




How long does it take to produce a face mask?


It depends on how skilled you are! The first face mask will probably take a little longer. Once you get the hang of it, you will need about 10 minutes to prepare the fabrics and another 10 minutes to sew a mask.




Where can I get fabrics?


Of course, it is best to stay at home and use fabrics from your household. T-shirts and pillowcases as well as dish towels and vacuum cleaner bags are suitable. Many cities now also offer fabric warehouses where you can buy leftover fabric for your face masks free of charge. There may also be a fabric shop nearby where you can pick up or order fabric.





Of course, you can also wear your self-sewn face mask yourself. You set an example and protect others. Many celebrities already call for this under the hashtag #maskeauf.

 

Virologist Christian Drosten explains how exactly others are protected in the NDR Podcast.

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You need masks? Tell us where!

Facilities that have a need for masks can contact the #StayHomeAndSew team via the contact form below. The demand will appear shortly after in the list of facilities on StayHomeAndSew. The sewers will then send their fabric masks in a package directly to the institution.

 

Frequently asked questions

What is #StayHomeAndSew about?


Currently it is difficult to obtain necessary protective masks worldwide. Still they are very important for our everyday heroes: nursing homes, aid organizations and many social institutions urgently need masks to protect employees and at-risk persons from the corona virus.

With #StayHomeAndSew we show you how you can produce face masks quickly and easily at home and which institutions in your area are currently desperately looking for them. The crowd-helping action in times of Corona.

Note: Self-sewn face masks do not guarantee protection against viruses! But they can reduce the risk of infecting others. Self-sewn masks can therefore be a sensible alternative to protective masks as long as there are supply shortages.




Why do we need self-sewn masks in Germany?


Due to the corona pandemic, protective gear is in short supply. ¹ Planned deliveries are postponed without indication of a new delivery date. Doctors, paramedics, nurses and patients in hospitals and emergency services should of course continue to wear professionally manufactured protective masks - but in many other areas, self-sewn face masks are better than nothing. Wearing a self-stitched face mask can prevent droplets from spreading to other people and thus reduce the risk of infection. ² ¹ Welt.de ² Spiegel.de




Who receives the self-made face masks from #StayHomeAndSew?


The self-sewn face masks are intended for full-time and voluntary workers in nursing homes, social institutions, pharmacies, medical practices, birth centers, logo and physiotherapy practices and other aid organizations. Many institutions have already announced their demand. ¹ Should the supply shortages in Germany worsen further, hospitals could also fall back on the supply. ¹ Saarbrücker Zeitung, Süddeutsche Zeitung, Potsdamer Neuer Zeitung




Who can join in?


No matter if millennial, boomer or pensioner - everyone who has a knack for needle and thread can help. Companies and organizations such as workshops for disabled people who had to close their facilities on the instructions of the authorities can also participate. We are thankful for everyone who promotes the campaign in their environment and becomes active themselves!




How effective are self-sewn masks at protection?


Self-sewn masks do not guarantee protection against viruses! But they can at least reduce the risk of infecting others. Because self-sewn face masks can reduce the spread of droplets by the wearer. ¹ According to virologist Prof. Christian Drosten, they are mainly used to protect other people, not for self-protection.

Scientists at the University of Cambridge have found that self-sewn cotton face masks can filter out about a third of particles compared to certified mouth-nose protection (MNS).² Other sources even speak of 70%.³ Even if professional protective masks capture more particles, self-sewn specimens are a sensible alternative as long as there are supply shortages of certified protective equipment.

¹ US National Library of Medicine ² Testing the efficacy of homemade masks ³ smartairfilters.com




What is the best material for self-sewn face masks?


Basically, any material is suitable if it is made of boil-proof cotton and if inhalation or exhalation through the fabric is possible without greater breathing resistance. T-shirts and pillowcases made of 100% cotton are the best choice for self-made face masks according to researchers from the University of Cambridge.¹ These fabrics have good breathability, which increases the comfort of wearing the masks for several hours. Tea towels can also be re-used for a good cause. If you like it more creative, you can also make your face mask from a vacuum cleaner bag. For thinner fabrics, it can be useful to use the material in two layers. ¹ Testing the efficacy of homemade masks




Disclaimer


We hereby expressly point out that StayHomeAndSew does not accept any liability for the effectiveness, manufacture or proper use of the face masks. Any claim for damages against StayHomeAndSew due to injury to life, body or health - regardless of whether from the user or the respective opposite party - is excluded. The manufacture / use of the face masks is exclusively at the user's own risk. A face mask can reduce the probability of an infection, but cannot eliminate any risks. The use of a face mask should always be in conjunction with further preventive measures. To this end, the hygiene regulations of the Robert Koch Institute must be observed without fail.




Where do I get fabrics from?


It is best, of course, if you stay at home and use materials from your household. T-shirts and pillowcases as well as dish towels and vacuum cleaner bags are suitable. Many cities now also offer fabric storage facilities where you can buy left-over fabric for the protective masks free of charge. There may also be a fabric shop nearby where you can pick up or order fabric.




Do I need a sewing machine?


As face masks are regularly washed very hot, it is important that the seams hold well. A sewing machine, in addition to its speed, is therefore a great advantage. If you don't have a sewing machine and still want to sew, you can of course do so - but you will have to allow for more time and patience.




How long does it take to produce a face mask?


It depends on how skilled you are! The first face mask will probably take a little longer. Once you get the hang of it, you will need about 10 minutes to prepare the fabrics and another 10 minutes to sew a mask.




Should I wear a face mask myself?


Of course you can also sew a face mask for yourself and wear it in public. Even though you do not have any symptoms, you may have the virus and infect other people. This is especially true if you are young, because young people often do not even notice the disease. So a mask prophylactically protects the others from you.¹ Prof. Christian Drosten, virologist at the Charité Berlin, recommends wearing face masks in public if it is not possible to keep a safe distance of two meters from other people.² Face masks are most effective when everyone is wearing them. So, convince as many people as possible to participate! #maskup ¹ Twitter Account of Christian Drosten ² Norddeutscher Rundfunk NDR




What must be considered when wearing a face mask?


Since the fabric gets wet very quickly, you should only put on a self-sewn face mask when you enter a shop, for example, and take it off again when you no longer meet people. If you don't wear your mask, make sure to store it correctly: The outside should not touch the inside.

IMPORTANT: Wearing a mask is no reason to throw away all other protective measures. Keeping your distance, washing your hands frequently and staying home whenever possible is and will remain essential!

Click here for the hygiene tips from the Federal Centre for Health Education




How long can self-sewn face masks be worn?


As soon as the fabric of the face mask is wet it loses its protective effect. If this is the case, the mask must be changed and washed. This usually happens after 2 hours.




What should be observed when cleaning the face masks?


The face masks must be washed before their first use. They can be washed in the washing machine at 60 °C - 90 °C or boiled in a water bath on the stove for 5 minutes. The face masks must be stored in a dry place. Used masks should be washed and dried again at a minimum of 60 °C after each use.




What do I need to make a face mask?


For a face mask you need boil-proof cotton fabric, for example from a pillowcase or a T-shirt, and a wire (handicraft wire, paper clip) to fix it in the nose area. To sew the mask you also need sewing equipment such as a sewing machine, scissors and iron.




Where do I send my self-stitched face masks?


Here you will find a list of all facilities that urgently need face masks. The list also shows how many masks are required by each institution. Pick an institution you want to send your sewn masks to and make sure that you send your parcel to the correct address. DO NOT FORGET: Tells us via the contact form, how many masks you have sent to which institution. This is the only way we can keep the list up to date and ensure that all facilities are supplied with face masks.




How can I request face masks for my facility?


Facilities that have a need for face masks made of fabric can enter it using the contact form. The demand will appear a short time later in the list of facilities on StayHomeAndSew. Please make sure to include the correct address for delivery of the parcels. Requests for private persons cannot be considered. We will be happy to answer further questions at hi@stayhomeandsew.de.





 
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