Sparkly Elephant Becomes Face Mask Hub

The Sparkly Elephant Sewing Lounge is meant to be a space to come together, make new friends and learn new skills.  That looks a little different now during social distancing. The local sewing lounge has been working around the clock with staff and volunteers producing more than 1500 1700 face masks for medical professionals.

The spread of coronavirus and COVID-19 has caused a nationwide shortage of face masks. In some cases medical professionals are even resorting to washing and reusing masks that are meant to be disposable. It was because of this shortage that the folks at Sparkly Elephant put out the call to their customers for assistance. Now, just 10 days later, they have become a hub for producing and distributing handmade masks.

While most handmade masks are two or three layer, medical professionals have been requesting four layer masks with a filter pocket. And hundreds more masks are being requested. Volunteers can pick up free fabric at the store and drop off finished masks in a bin out front. Staff members will then sort the masks to fill requests.

Unfortunately, the high demand for masks has also caused a shortage of elastic straps leading volunteers to resort to using bias tape (a strip of stretchy fabric). 

If you are interested in helping out but don’t know where to start, send an email to [email protected] or text Andria Niles at (281) 961-1820. You can also swing by the store between 10AM and Noon to pick up materials and printed patterns.

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