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Join the Clear Masks Virtual Sewing Fest

September 24, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT

Free – $10

Clear masks help the deaf and hard of hearing community communicate with one another during COVID.


Sewers from across the world are uniting on September 24th to sew #clearmasks at the first ever Virtual Sewing Fest!

This is a Zoom event featuring a live DJ and #DIY tutorials, where you can meet sewers from across the world and make an impact! We are collaborating with TOM Global and the Adaptive Design Association of NYC to host this event.


Clear masks improve communication and human interaction for everyone. This is super important for the deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) community who rely on lip reading and facial expressions to communicate.


Whether you’re a professional sewer or a first timer, everyone’s invited. The event will feature live sewing tutorials, so get ready to learn new skills. Hand stitch or sewing machine works!


You will have 5 clear mask designs to choose from participants will need to buy materials beforehand. Check out these tutorials to choose a design and see what materials to gather in advance of the event. The ‘Dororthy‘ style mask will be demonstrated at the event.


All clear masks will be donated locally to local community centers, speech therapists, schools and more.

Makers Making Change supports this initiative and some of our chapters will be participating! Please contact your local organizations for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing to find out what their needs are.  Chapters and our staff can also help you find places to send your masks in Canada and US if needed.


Register at https://virtualsewingfest.info

Share #SEW4SMILES and #VirtualSewingFest

Image Flyer for Virtual Sewing Fest on September 24th, 2020. Image shows three neon-purple females wearing white face masks, neon blue cat-eye sunglasses, and purple beanies. The text reads: "Sew clear masks for a good cause! Virtual Sewing Fest. Meet new people, hear live music, learn from pros. Thursday, September 24th, 2020 at 10 AM PST and 1 PM EST. Register at virtualsewingfest.info.

Partners include:

Tikkun Olam Makers(TOM)

Adaptive Design Association

Pratt Institute

We Have Masks

The Mask Makers Collective

Skill Mill NYC

Something Labs

Anne Gates Studio

Maker Mask

Michigan Clear Mask Program

Gidi Grinstein 

National Association of the Deaf – NAD.


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Are you a Person with a Disability?

  • Request a device for only the cost of materials(and shipping)
  • Make connections to people who care in your community

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  • Review our devices to help innovate the way we deliver and create AT
  • Learn how to build Assistive Tech.
  • Start a Chapter in your area!

Are you an Educator?

  • Learn about our free curriculum
  • Learn about how students can help people with disabilities in their school, families and community.

To learn more about this project and sign up at www.makersmakingchange.com


September 24, 2020
10:00 am - 1:00 pm PDT PDT
Free – $10
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