It’s no secret right now that there is a massive shortage of PPE in every hospital and care facility everywhere.  It’s also well known that the CDC is now calling for everyday people to wear masks when they go into public — to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our communities.  But where do you get masks when there are none to be found?  You turn to your relative / friends who sew, of course….and somehow they are producing masks by the hundreds, as if they’ve been ready and waiting for their call to action, at moment’s notice.

The minute the CDC was all “we need home sewists to start producing masks for our first responders”, anyone with a sewing machine and a fabric stash dropped everything they were doing and started becoming home based manufacturers.  Honestly, my friends are pumping out hundreds of face covers a week and it’s constantly flooding my social media feeds.  It’s incredible.  And selfless.  And amazing that they are at home, sheltering in place, dealing with their own version of anxiety from this moment, some of them are wrangling kids and home-based schooling, and STILL they’re finding ways to support their community members.  A lot of them aren’t even asking for a dime to make it happen.  And the ones that are selling them, are selling way below the worth of their time, skill and supplies.

Years from now we are going to look back on this and marvel over this moment.  I just hope the world appreciates this often overlooked art and skillset.  Because damnit, we are KILLING IT out there.  Thank you sewists everywhere!!!

I saw someone call us the “modern day Rosie the Riveter” and it stuck with me.  I needed a shirt to wear while sewing masks — and I thought you might too.  Scroll to the bottom and you can have this file to use as you’d like, for personal projects of course.

I think it’s pretty obvious from these photos that I didn’t bother to clean up part of my sewing space.  Let’s be honest, I’m tired from sewing masks.  As if I really want to add cleaning to my exhaustion, haha.  It’s not lazy…it’s authentic (she tell herself while cringing over the chaos in the background.)

Hopefully you share what you’ve made with this file.  And even more hopefully, I hope you tag me (I’m @mckinleykaty on Instagram) so I can see!!  I love sharing in your joy of making!

Download “We Can Sew It” Cut Files Here

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Please do not share the files, claim them as your own, or profit off of my design in any way.  They are for PERSONAL USE ONLY.

Well that escalated quickly!  We had some requests come in for other hairstyles, so you can now get the “We Can Sew It” with curly hair AND a bun!  

Download “We Can Sew It” – Curly Cut Files Here Download “We Can Sew It” – Bun Cut Files Here


Pattern: Slim Fit Raglan by Patterns for Pirates

Fabric: Rayon/Spandex Blend + Navy Ribbed Knits from JoAnn Fabrics

Iron-On Vinyl: Siser Easyweed

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