The Big Community Sew initiated by Festival of Making advocate, Patrick Grant, has been created to help ensure that every person in every community in Britain has the face covering they need. 

Follow the easy steps to make face masks out of the simplest of materials and you can make them for others too, making these vital coverings accesible to all. 

Making a face covering is incredibly simple. Improvised face coverings can be made from things we all have in our homes, the most effective being a pillow case or duvet cover, or a cotton t-shirt. 

If you’ve not sewn before, here are the links with how-to videos, patterns and guides to help. Or if you're unsure where you need to wear a mask, check out the page on




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