My name is Gabby, and I'm a high school senior from Tomball, Texas who loves to quilt. Since school has been closed and moved online, I now have some extra time on my hands. I’ve become an official indoor gal! Hearing about many healthcare providers having a shortage of protective face masks during this pandemic got me thinking. I soon discovered many easy-to-make patterns for DIY face masks. This is a practical way that we can partner with Graced Ministry to help our community and creatively use our fabric stash.
URGENT CALL TO ACTION: If you have extra time and are looking for an at-home project with a good cause, please consider sewing face masks with us. Every donation you make is important to protecting healthcare workers on the front line who are struggling to access masks. My next goal is 3000 masks, so I need your help! I also want to encourage you to spread the word about this through social media and to friends, churches, quilt guilds, sewists, and anyone you know who may be willing to help our community.
WHEN: Now! This is currently an on-going project.
HOW: Down below, you will a link to instructions. Email Gabbyquilts@gmail.com for pre-cut kits. Afterwards, please bring completed masks to us, and we will coordinate distribution of the donations. BOTH elastic and fabric ties are acceptable to use as long as they follow the tutorial.
1. Be sure to use fabric that is 100% cotton (tightly woven for the front, flannel, or other soft 100% cotton for the back).
2. Please make sure to also pre-wash all fabric on hot and dry on high heat. This will ensure pre-shrinkage so that healthcare providers can sanitize the masks.
3. Although we want as many people to participate as possible, please DO NOT sew masks if you or someone in your household has been exposed to COVID-19 or if you are experiencing flu-like symptoms. Thank you for your understanding.
4. Please do not sew masks with pockets or any sort of filter in between. Hospitals are laundering masks and specify that this makes them come apart easier.
- Graced Ministry Office - In person or mail (Please call 281.733.1736 beforehand due to limited hours): 14511 Falling Creek Dr. Houston, TX 77014
- Sewing and Vacuum Warehouse (Houston): 18351 TX-249, Houston, TX 77070
- Sewing and Vacuum Warehouse (Conroe): 2018 Interstate 45 N, Conroe, TX 77301
- Cupcake Quilts (Spring): 219 Gentry St, Spring, TX 77373
WHO: Our current list of facilities in need include:
- Harris Health System
- Houston Methodist
- Grace Care Center
- Houston Hospice
- Legacy Community Health
- Riverside Dialysis Center
- The Solana at Vintage Park
- Right at Home Kingwood
- Texas Oncology
- Spirit Key
- Shriners Children's Hospital
- Houston Cancer Treatment & Immunotherapy Center Pllc
- Harmony House
Donations will support these local healthcare providers. I know that our community can come together in these challenging times to support each other.
Please don't hesitate to reach out to me at my email, Gabbyquilts@gmail.com.
We also would love for you to share pictures of you and your projects!
MASKS COLLECTED TO-DATE: 3582 This is amazing! Let's keep it up!
Our Tutorial (Use if you have a pre-cut kit)
We want to give a special thanks to these organizations for partnering with our cause!
Sewing & Vacuum Warehouse
T-Shirt Quilts of Texas