This East Texas quilt shop is sharing tutorials on how to make your own face mask, with or without a sewing machine.

Stitchin' Heaven: Texas' Premier Quilt Shop

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many medical professionals and, due to recent announcements, Americans are in need of face masks. So whether you’re a sewing expert or a beginner, Stitchin’ Heaven in Quitman is teaching you to make a face mask. It’s all part of their Stop the Spread Mission.

We virtually chatted with Deb Luttrell, co-owner of Stitchin’ Heaven, for a step-by-step guide of a no-sew face mask.

“We have an opportunity, for those of you who don’t sew, to make your own mask,” said Luttrell. “And it’s really very easy!”

Here’s what you’ll need for the no-sew mask:

  • A piece of fabric (roughly 18×22 inches)
  • Two regular hair ties

For step-by-step instructions you can watch the video above, or check out their video on YouTube.

Luttrell has also posted a step-by-step tutorial for a face mask involving a sewing machine, for those with a little more sewing experience. You can view the YouTube video here.

“I gathered my staff together and we got into the studio and shot a video on how to make a mask,” said Luttrell. “We also posted the pattern that anyone can download, and it’s a very easy sewing pattern. And our community of quilters have done a phenomenal job and thousands and thousands of masks have been made and donated.”

Here’s what you’ll need for the sewing face mask:

  • 1 10×8 inch piece of fabric
  • 2 long pieces of elastic (or ribbon)
  • 2 5×7.5 inches of lining fabric

Click here to download the face mask pattern.

If you’re interested in purchasing fabric from Stitchin’ Heaven, they’re selling ‘Face Mask Fat Quarter’ kits online which comes with 24 pre-measured and pre-cut fabrics. The price is $24.

In addition to instructional YouTube videos, Stitchin’ Heaven is also hosting Quarantine Quilt Alongs. According to their website, the Quarantine Quilt Along is “a day that [you] can just sew together as a virtual group. [They] will come live to you, give you some instruction, and sew together stopping to have a few laughs, talk about stuff, and maybe give some fun things away!

“It’s really just about having a good time and laughing and telling stories and, and just stay in touch with each other,” said Luttrell.

Learn more about Quarantine Quilt Along here.

Stitchin’ Heaven is located at 321 Richards Street in Quitman, Texas.

They’re temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but when they fully reopen their hours of operation will be:

Monday- Saturday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Click here to visit their website.

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