The novel coronavirus pandemic has increased demand for face masks, not only among health care workers but all Americans shopping in public. The rush has created a global shortage, prompting fashion retailers like Vera Bradley to pivot to mask-making.
But major retailers aren’t the only sewers getting involved. Many Americans are sewing masks themselves to meet supply for their families, friends and local health care systems.
Joann Stores, the Ohio-based craft and fabric retailer, has led the charge for DIY personal protective equipment (PPE) with not only fabric and elastic but also online mask-making tutorials and, in some locations, classroom space and sewing machines. Joann Stores claims it has become the leading retail provider of fabrics for homemade masks.
“[We’re] doing what we can to bend this COVID curve and play a major role in PPE shortage,” said Wade Miquelon, chief executive officer of Joann Stores, on Yahoo Finance’s On