The call for assistance has gone out... and King & Bay is 'in' with a challenge to others to use the 'Shirt Off Your Back' to make face masks in support of community health.
The health crisis hits close to home
Iran, in particular, has been one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic. For the Persian community in Toronto and around the world, these are worrying times.
As a way to give back, we launched the #SOYBFaceMaskChallenge.
Creating face masks for the cause
While we are complying with social distancing guidelines and working from home, our team has been able to start producing face masks using the Master Suits, fabric swatches and other shirting fabric we have on hand.
"I'm a big believer in these face masks," says Nasir, our Farsi-speaking Persian tailor. "They're a great way to keep you from touching your face, and they do so without taking away from essential supplies our healthcare workers need."
If you're not a sewer but still want to support the community, contact us to request a mask or donate a shirt.
Where to donate your masks
Together we can make a difference.
The #SOYBFaceMaskChallenge issued
Looking for a way to help... in your own way?
Well, if you have a sewing machine and an old cotton shirt lying around, you can.
Click on the FAQs below to learn about the #SOYBFaceMaskChallenge.
Let's Get Sewing!
What is the #SOYBFaceMaskChallenge about?
The Shirt Off Your Back Face Mask Challenge is a challenge from our team at King & Bay to all sewers to make face masks that can be worn by you, your family and your neighbours in your communities.
Our frontline health workers are faced with a shortage of surgical grade masks. By producing ones at home for you and your family members, the existing supply can be reserved for our health care workers in the fight against COVID-19.
If it's not medical grade, how does a home made face mask help?
Any face mask helps keep your [potentially] dirty hands away from your mouth and nose – two of the easy 'entry' points for any virus like COVID-19. This is helpful for you, your family and your friends.
The goal is to help NOT deplete the supply of medical grade face masks – keeping them in the hands of front line workers. WATCH VIDEO ›
What do you need to to get started?
We've assembled an easy-to-follow video to guide you in making face masks. WATCH VIDEO ›
You'll need a sewing machine and a few supplies. You can also stitch by hand if you don't have a sewing machine.
- An old shirt or cotton fabric (A breathable fabric, like cotton is preferred, but you can also us polycotton, wool or linen. We don't recommend nylon or plastic fabrics.)
- Needle and thread
- ¼ inch elastic band
- Pipe wire or twist ties
- Coffee filter or vacuum bag filter
Is a home made mask easy to clean?
As long as you use a washable fabric, yes. And, it's recommended to wash it daily.
Remember to remove the filter paper first, and replace after washing. WATCH VIDEO ›
How can you use Social Media to spread the word?
Challenge 10 of your friends to create a mask and be sure to include #SOYBfacemaskchallenge.
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