There are a lot of requests from hospitals and care homes for items which can be sewn or knitted at home. Also, there are requests for other items such as toiletries. I know from Facebook that many Mothers' Union members are responding to these requests. It’s great that we are finding ways of helping, even for those who are not able to get out.
I am collating information on patterns and organisations here which I hope will be useful to members. If you have any such information which you would like to share, please send it to me or post it on our Facebook page. Most of the organisations which are coordinating production and distribution are Facebook based. It is proving to be an invaluable resource currently!
You are probably aware that people have been putting representations of rainbows in their windows as a message of solidarity and to cheer people up. We have had a request for crocheted or knitted rainbows. There are many patterns available for free on the internet. The one shown is a crocheted rainbow from the free pattern at https://www.deramores.com/ . There is also a free knitting pattern on that site, just search for rainbow.
I am going to try the Rainbow of Unity pattern.
If you are able to help, please contact Jane who will be pleased to receive them.
We've had a request for masks.
There are 2 youtube links below which show how to make them - one using a sewing machine, the other without a machine. Either is acceptable, please use 100% cotton material.
Please post them to Jane (email Jane for her address) who will be able to pass them onto her contact.
As another option, these are the face masks I've been making. There is a tutorial at https://www.prettyhandygirl.com/best-fit-facemask/.
I don't follow her instructions for the elastic round the ears but instead add 70cms of elastic as shown to form 2 straps around the back of the head.
Knitted or Crocheted Ear Savers
The Ear Savers are used across the back of the head, the buttons are used to hook the elastic loops which normally fits around the earto hold the PPE masks in position. The elastic loops on the PPE masks are making ears very sore and this band takes the pressure off whilst holding the mask in position.
I found this pattern on Birmingham MU FB page, thank you. I have read elsewhere that you should use cotton or acrylic which can be washed.
Double knit: use 2 strands together
If using Chunky knit: use 1 strand. Suggest size 8 needles. (4mm)
Doesn’t matter what colour or that the buttons may not match.
Cast on 20 sts, knit 6 rows; cast off. you should have a strip of knitting approx. 4” x 1” (give or take 1/2”)
A button approx 2 cms in diameter is then stitched to either end of this strip. ( I have read elsewhere that, if you only have small buttons, use 2)
This could also be done in crochet.
These may be useful in hospitals or care homes, anywhere where masks are worn.
Headband Style Ear Saver
I found this pattern on Warwickshire Scrubbers FB page, thank you.
Scrub bags are drawstring bags for healthworkers to take their scrubs home in. They throw the whole thing into the washing machine, bag and all and so it is important that the bag is made from a cotton in which the colour won't run at 60 degrees C. Ideally they should be 20" wide x 25" tall.
There is a pattern below. Although bigger is better, I have read that people are making these bags by adding a drawstring to a pillow case and this is deemed acceptable, especially if the pillow case is fairly large.
This pattern is a free download from a Canadian company, https://willowcreekquilts.ca/
These are organisations which are coordinating distribution of various items. Please let me know of any others.