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Makers for COVID-19

Swarthmore Steps Up to Help Healthcare Workers

Makers from all walks of life have responded to the shortage of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) facing our nation's frontline healthcare workers by self-organizing, and using whatever materials and resources they have available. Swarthmore is no different, with members of our community reaching out to ask how they can help in the fight against COVID-19. Swatties have already started sewing masks in their homes using cotton fabric, sheets, t-shirts, and other household scraps. The Swarthmore Makerspace is equipped with 3D Printers and a Laser Cutter capable of producing face shields, and we are currently in the process of sourcing materials for safe production.

Mask-Sewing Tutorial From Makers Habitat

A short video demonstrating how to sew a mask with a filter pocket.

Click here for donation requests and downloadable patterns.

DIY PPE is not an adequate replacement of medical grade PPE, but can drastically help reduce exposure during our national shortage.

100% cotton fabric or cotton blends are recommended. These can be from salvaged t-shirts, sheets, curtains, etc. The tighter the weave, the better (hold up in front of the light to see how much light passes through). JoAnne Fabric and Craft Store, and Michaels are offering curbside pick-up when you order online.

Straps can be made using elastic, hair ties, or salvaged bra straps. Don't have enough of these materials? See for a variation that includes an adjustable strap you can make at home, and this video on how to turn a t-shirt into a ball of "yarn."

Use clean fabric, sanitize surfaces, and wash hands for at least 20 seconds before beginning. Wear a mask - and gloves if available - while working, and avoid touching your face.

Use two different colors or patterns for each mask, one for inside and one for outside. This way, wearers can visually see which side should make contact with their face.

Place finished masks in a clean, sealable bag prior to shipment or drop off.

Do not place a filter or wire inside of the mask prior to shipping (these can be included separately), this makes it difficult to sanitize the mask upon delivery.

Visit to connect to facilities in need, and download printable patterns and instructions.

Jig for Mask Pleats

Learn how to make a simple jig at home to speed up your mask-making.

Have access to a 3D Printer? Click here to download an STL jig file.

A Message from the Czech Republic

How the Czech Republic has managed to almost entirely avoid the spread of COVID-19.

Hint: It's something we can all do!

Simple Yet Effective Face Shield

Simple yet effective face shields that are easy to cut and assemble.

Click here to download the open source file and assembly instructions.

Local Businesses Switch to Making Aerosol Boxes

Clear acrylic boxes that provide a barrier between healthcare workers and patients receiving intubation aerosol treatment.

Local businesses like Everything Plastic have switched production to make and distribute the boxes.

Click here to download the open-source design.