Mask-Making Machine

Trying to be a bit productive during all of this “at-home time,” Ms. Barb Lazar started cleaning out her closet. While she was going through her things, she realized she had a lot of fabric scraps left over from baby quilt projects, kids' clothes, old jeans, and even remnants from an old home-economics program from her former school. 

After consolidating all of the fabric scraps, she saw a funny meme that read: And just like that I went from fabric hoarding to being prepared. She laughed at how well these words captured her own situation. Wanting to help her community, she thought, “This, I can do.” So, she got her sewing machine out, did some research to find a fairly easy mask pattern to use, and began the mask-making process.

“I began just making a handful of masks for family, then some friends requested some, then some former students and their families, and after mailing some out and as the need became greater, I just began making more,” Ms. Lazar explained. She is now working with a group of mask-makers who are making masks specifically to send out to the Navajo Nation and first responders.

So far, Ms. Lazar has made 75 masks and is still going strong.

“I feel so fortunate that I have a home, a job, the outdoors, and my family—all in my corona-bubble,” said Ms. Lazar. “So, doing something for others, something selfless, something more useful than simply finding ways to entertain myself and fill time, seemed right for me.”