After making 444 non-medical masks for vulnerable people, they decided to release a helpful guide for the public.
The Steel family, from the Alderbury area, have posted a video on their Facebook page showing us how to make a washable face mask.
It is not a medical mask, or a replacement for one, as mum Loewis wanted to make a comfortable, re-useable, easy to make and washable mask, to help prevent people from touching their faces.
They also posted a video on how best to wear them:
Loewis and her two daughters, Vicky and Becky, have been making some for care homes, carers and vulnerable people thanks to the kind material donations from people and businesses in local villages.
From April 12th to April 26th, the Steels made 444 masks, 416 face mask wash bags and 396 laundry bags for soiled uniforms.
Loewis says the drive behind their project is her 90-year-old mum, who “will always be one of the best seamstresses/designer and teacher of all needlecraft genres”.
She developed Alzheimer’s a few years ago and has since lost her memory of needlework, so Loewis decided she would do it for her.
She used her machine, her scissors, her threads, her fabrics and between the three of them they set out to help the local community.
On their ‘MooBear Mask’ Facebook page, Loewis said:
“My mum is part of this journey with me, a tribute to her outstanding craftsmanship throughout her life and trust me if I was even 5% as talented as her I`d be flattered.”
They also have created a video dedicated to her mum, where they have taken the Dolly Parton song ‘Coat of Many Colours’ and changed the lyrics to match their mask making mission:
Loewis hopes a professional artist may take on the song and make it properly!
A lot of people the Steels have delivered PPE to have asked to give her money, but instead they want to raise money for three different charities.
They have made Just Giving pages for:
Anyone wanting to find out more, can visit the family’s Facebook page.