Made with Love

Central Florida Health News|May 2020

Made with Love
Residents-Turned-Seamstresses Help Fill Demand With Homemade Masks
MARY TOOTHMAN
BEFORE COVID-19 changed daily life, it was usual to grab keys, sunglasses, wallet — and walk out the door to run an errand. But with concerns about the contagious virus spreading as fast as the virus itself, another item has been added to the list of things to grab before leaving home: a mask.

People have found many ways to cover their nose and mouth while in public, some with vast degrees of creativity. One of the most heartwarming trends to unfold has been the emergence of seamstresses who have uncovered their sewing machines and gone to work crafting masks.

Lakeland’s Joy Winburn, who pieces together beautiful quilts, has found that after making a few masks for friends and relatives, she was on her way to mass mask-making.

“I have mailed them to different cousins, to aunts, to my brother-in-law, all over,” Wilburn says. “Everybody needs one.”

She obtained instructions on how to make the masks on YouTube. “At this point, I have made well over 200 of them,” she says.

While there have been challenges for the mask-makers because it can be tough finding fabric and elastic, Wilburn laughed when asked if she has enough fabric to keep up her mask production pace.

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May 2020