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Iowa 4-H Creates Face Masks

Iowa 4-H is calling all 4-H members, leaders, alumni, judges, and friends to create face masks for their community, including friends, neighbors, hospitals, and care centers. Our goal is to create 10,000 masks and we need your help!

Let's Get Started!

  1. Decide who – You could sew masks for a local hospital, care center, your neighbors, or friends. You could even reach out to local essential business and offer to sew masks for their employees or customers. You may want to learn what requirements they have and how they would like your donation packaged.
  2. Choose a pattern – There are many options to choose from. Please select your pattern based on where you plan to donate the masks. 4-H Facemasks
    • Don’t sew? Consider checking out different no-sew options or cutting fabric for those who are sewing masks. Download a few no-sew options here.
  3. Gather supplies – If you don’t have fabric consider reaching out to your nearest fabric store. JOANN has been encouraging customers and partners to help fight the severe shortage of personal protective equipment, launching the Make to Give face mask program nationwide. Customers are able to pick up a face mask kit at any open store, free of charge, or create masks to donate to organizations in need. JOANN continues to add new patterns and ideas to help those who are new to sewing.
  4. Sew, Sew, Sew – Wash your hands and get busy sewing! Have fun while you do it! Involve the whole family and set up an assembly line. Play some music! Take pictures!
  5. Celebrate! - Bag the face masks and drop them off! Be sure to record your donation. Post pictures on social media with #Iowa4HFacemasks.

Looking for a way to make this into a fair exhibit? Check out these ideas for a 4-H exhibit goal card.

What did you plan to learn or do?

What was your exhibit goal(s)? A goal includes an action, result, and timetable. The ideas below are different action parts of a goal. Be sure to consider what your results and timetable are as well.

Some options include:

  • Serve my community/country in a time of need. (Citizenship 10510)
  • Learn to sew a straight line. (Sewing and Needle Arts 10470)
  • Learn to cut fabric. (Sewing and Needle Arts 10470)
  • Learn to sew a pleat. (Sewing and Needle Arts 10470)   
  • Test out different mask patterns and evaluate for comfort and fit. (Sewing and Needle Arts 10470)
  • Compare the different masks for affordability. (Consumer Management 10430)
  • Study the health impacts of different masks. (Health 10450)

What steps did you take to learn or do this?

Explain what you did so it is easily understood. The judge wants to know and understand the steps you used to make your exhibit. (You might also consider including/linking to the pattern and directions you used when making your exhibit.)

Include your decisions on the following:

  • Who to donate masks to and why did you choose that option?
  • What pattern(s) did you select?
  • What supplies did you gather?
  • Describe the construction process you used.
  • How did you distribute the masks?
  • Any follow-up that you had with recipients.

What were the most important things you learned?

Reflect on what you learned. Include what you learned about your goal. 

Did you learn anything you did not intend to learn? What challenges did you encounter and how did you overcome them?