With the new recommendation that everyone should wear a non-surgical mask when they go out in public during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Arts Council is proud to launch Sew Many Masks, a process for community members to lend a hand and help increase the supply of masks.

Participants are invited to join the community effort by picking up supplies to compile into a kit, and/or picking up a kit to complete a mask. The completed masks will then be available for those who need them, free of charge.

Sew Many Masks is managed by the Arts Council as part of our apART together virtual programmingdesigned to help our community stay creative and connected during this time while we are all physically distanced.

Keep an eye on the Sew Many Masks Facebook page for up-to-date information regarding fabric, kit and mask availability.

TO DONATE FABRIC

Thanks to our friends at the Princeton Family YMCA, we can now accept fabric donations! Fabric (100% cotton and at least 10”x10”) can be dropped off to the Princeton YMCA (59 Paul Robeson Place. Look for the tub marked “Fabric Donations” near the front entrance of the building). We are also looking for donations of Grosgrain ribbon or similar cotton ribbon to use for ties.  The YMCA will wash and dry the donated fabric. 

TO HELP PREPARE KITS

  1. ​Pull into the bus cut-out on the Witherspoon Street side of the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts (102 Witherspoon Street)
  2. Pick up fabric from the bin marked ‘FABRIC’ outside of the Witherspoon side door 
  3. Wash the fabric and cut to specified dimensions (safe handling instructions included)
  4. Put the washed, dried, and cut fabric​ back into the plastic bag and use a marker to write the number of mask patterns you’ve made on the plastic bag.
  5. Congratulations!  You’ve now created a Mask Kit. 
  6. Return the bags to the Arts Council and place in the bin marked ‘KITS’

TO HELP MAKE T-SHIRT YARN BALLS

  1.  Wash your old T-shirts in hot water and dry in the hottest setting
  2.  Cut the T-shirt to make the yarn ball. You can watch the video to learn how.
  3.  Drop off the T-shirt yarn balls in sealed Ziploc bags to the Arts Council and place in the bin marked ‘T-SHIRT YARN’.

TO HELP SEW MASKS WITH A SEWING MACHINE

  1. ​​Pull into the bus cut-out on the Witherspoon Street side of the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts (102 Witherspoon Street)
  2. Pick up a materials kit from the bin marked ‘KITS’. This contains washed, pre-cut fabric, and instructions. 
  3. Follow the pattern used to create masks using instructions from the New York Times.
  4. Return the completed masks to the Arts Council and place in the bin marked ‘COMPLETED MASKS’.

If you already have a favorite pattern, you may sew the masks using that pattern by picking up our fabric or using your own fabric, washed and dried in the highest setting.  Pack them in sealed Ziploc bags 4-6 masks in a bag and drop off to the bin marked “COMPLETED MASKS”. If you wish to donate them in bulk, please email acpsewmanymasks@gmail.com to arrange the delivery.

TO MAKE T-SHIRT MASKS – NO SEW VERSION

  1. Pull into the bus cut-out on the Witherspoon Street side of the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts (102 Witherspoon Street)
  2. Pick up a materials kit from the bin marked ‘T-shirt mask KITS’. This contains precut T-shirt rectangles and t-shirt yarn to make 10 masks, and instructions to make a mask.
  3. If you wish to make a mask with your own T-shirt material, you can use this pattern: How to make a T-shirt mask.
  4. You may keep the masks for yourself or return the completed masks to the Arts Council and place in the bin marked ‘COMPLETED MASKS’.

 

 

Questions? We’d love to help! Please email acpsewmanymasks@gmail.com.

TO MAKE A CONTRIBUTION
We appreciate gifts of any amount to sustain this initiative. Thank you from the organizers, participants, and mask recipients of Sew Many Masks.

 

TO PICK UP MASKS
To obtain mask(s) for you or someone you know, please email acpsewmanymasks@gmail.com with your name and the number of masks you need (up to five). Instructions will be emailed to you, containing a time slot for safe pick-up.

Get the whole family involved!

PLEASE NOTE:

Sew Many Masks (“SMM”) is a project being managed by the Arts Council of Princeton (“ACP”), a not-for-profit organization.  SMM has a purpose of preparing hand-made face masks for use by themselves and, upon request, by other members of the community.

Masks are provided by SMM to members of the community free of charge, and are not intended for sale or resale. It is the responsibility of the person requesting the mask to determine the most appropriate use of the mask. ACP makes no representations, warranties, or guarantees about the donated masks, which are provided “as is.” In particular, (1) ACP makes no representation that any PPE can offer airborne protection or prevent the spread of COVID 19; (2) donated masks are not N95 masks or in any way equivalent to N95 masks, and should not be used as such; and (3) donated masks should not, and are not intended to, take the place of proper social distancing standards set forth by local, state and/or federal government. Acceptance of donated masks constitutes (1) the acceptance of any risk associated with the use, re-use or misuse of such masks, regardless of cause, including the risk that the mask is insufficient to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and (2) the waiver and release of ACP with respect to any and all causes of action resulting from the donated masks.