Let’s Make DIY Masks for the Community!

Therese Heng · 171 ·

AT VIVISTOP Orchard, our members are almost 300 strong. How can we as a community start to really observe the world we live in, look at ways to rally together and effect change in our own way? We came across an article in The Straits Times about people from all walks of life banding together to make DIY masks for the needy, so we thought to embrace the DIY spirit and get involved! This #SGTogether community project started by Masks Sewn with Love aims to create 50,000 reusable DIY masks (including masks for children) to be donated to those in need.

To start us off, fellow crew member and professional sewing maestro Sau Fen has come up with a template of the DIY mask you can follow

If you have a sewing machine on hand, here is a step by step guided tutorial as well as a video provided by Masks Sewn with Love that will be useful for you to follow. This is a great opportunity for all of us to use our creative skills as well! If you are wondering what is a suitable fabric to use, you can refer to image below.

Image by The Straits Times

You can also watch this recording of Sau Fen’s sharing session with the National Library’s makerspace community. She shows you some recommended fabrics and materials that you can find at home to use.

For the ear loops, you can use elastic hair tiebands, or as blogger Sarah from Sewing Therapy pointed out, lace trimmings or cotton ribbon will do the trick too. Remember, these are masks that will be donated to people in need so let’s work at making sure they are safe for use.

If you don’t have a sewing machine, fret not. You can refer to this easy tutorial Sau Fen made on hand sewing a seam with the backstitch and assembling it.

Once you’ve tried it out and are more confident, you can refer to this video on handsewing a mask with pleats

This initiative was started by Masks Sewn with Love organised as part of the People’s Association Women’s Integrated Network Council.

SingPost is also a proud partner of this community project. If you have masks that you’d like to contribute, just place them in an envelope addressed to “Masks Sewn with Love” and drop it off at your nearest post box from Wednesday 15 April 2020 onwards. The masks will then be consolidated and delivered to the different beneficiaries. To get an idea of who might be receiving a mask from you, here is where your donations will go!

Thank you for your contribution and for doing your part for the community 🙂