Two sisters in the Newville area have formed Sister Designs to sew cloth face masks at a reasonable cost for the community.
The women formed the group as the need for face masks has increased due to the coronavirus outbreak. The masks are made up of two layers of cotton fabric and a breathable filter fabric in the middle.
The sisters and a group of stay-at-home moms, who wish to remain anonymous, are charging $5 each for masks in adult or child sizes, plus a small shipping cost. Masks may also be picked up by appointment. They are also sewing headbands with buttons to protect wearers’ ears from the elastic. Headbands are $3.50 each.
The women are hoping to help the community while also covering the cost of materials and supplementing income for the women who have lost their livelihood due to the pandemic.
One of the sisters said they all have been sewing since they were teenagers, and received pattern ideas and designs through a contact at a local hospital.
The women have been busy, and estimated they have sewn more than 2,000 masks so far.
Masks may be ordered via email at: email@example.com, or by calling: (717) 475-6264.