A Sewing Army, Making Masks for America

With overrun hospitals facing an acute shortage of masks, people are pulling out their sewing machines to fill the void

By David Enrich, Rachel Abrams and Steven Kurutz, New York Times
March 25, 2020

Corinna Bakken, the Minnesota Opera’s costume director in Minneapolis, stitching masks out of gowns sent by a local hospital. Credit – Tim Gruber for The New York Times

They are scrounging for fabric, cutting it up, stitching it together. They are repurposing drapes, dresses, bra straps, shower curtains, even coffee filters. They are building supply chains, organizing workers, managing distribution networks.

Most of all, they are sewing.

All over the country, homebound Americans are crafting thousands upon thousands of face masks to help shield doctors, nurses and many others from the coronavirus.

They are pulling together to meet an urgent need: Hospitals, overwhelmed by the fast-spreading pandemic, are burning through their supplies of protective gear, in particular masks, at an alarming rate. Doctors and nurses are getting sick and dying.

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