If you have a sewing machine and some 100% cotton fabric, you can make your own washable, reusable, cloth face mask. (This is to protect other people from YOU when you go out in public, with or without your Pilgrim garb.) Volunteers are also making these nationwide for distribution to front-line responders in certain situations to ease the disposable, medical-grade mask shortage. (See Joann.com for more information.) I made this in 2 hours, as an experienced seamstress interrupted by other things. Presumably the second, third, etc. would go faster. Instructions to make this style of mask were on the Joann web site ("How to Make a Face Mask") along with a helpful video and downloadable pattern for cutting. (You will see a second pattern for a "Shaped Denim Face Mask" on the right.) One piece of advice: Joann has you use fusable interfacing and their fabric, which involves a shopping trip. I used what I had on hand already and found the interfacing I had to be too thick to allow for normal breathing. I made my own muslin lining instead. The end result was somewhat loose but definitely Mayflower pink. It uses elastic looped over the ears to stay on and presumably you could cut the elastic to fit your wearer.
Dr. Maura Mackowski is an Arizona research historian who enjoys the challenge of looking for Mayflower descendants, hers and anyone else's.
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