Helping Hub

We are all looking for ways to help during this crisis. Many of Trinity's sewing and knitting community have been producing masks, scrub caps, and ear savers to bring to the Downtown Eastside to help keep that vulnerable community safer. Please see below for our collection of patterns for those items. Please feel free to use these for yourself and your loved ones, and if you have extra that you would like to donate, just let the office know (office@ucpoco.ca) and we will arrange to have your items dropped off to the Downtown Eastside via First United and their homeless ministries there.

Ear-savers:

A quick and simple knit to help protect the ears of our frontline workers during the long hours that they are required to wear face masks during COVID-19 pandemic. Find the pattern on Ravelry.com. Or watch the YouTube video here

Face Masks:

The original free face mask pattern from the website free-sewing.org is also among the simplest. Find the pattern on their website here. And as they say on their site, "Now go and make a bunch. Our healthcare workers are counting on you!"

Another pattern comes via the New York Times (found in their "Style" section!) which we will link to their website here as well as including a downloadable pdf below. Their article also has a handy FAQ regarding face mask best practices.

Yet another style of mask, which does not require any elastic can be found in this YouTube video, and its made by a nurse! YouTube video mask here.

Surgical caps (Scrub caps):

If you follow us on our Facebook (and you should!) you may have seen a link to a surgical scrub cap pattern. These are very useful items for hospital staff and frontline workers. The pattern is the "Winnipeg Covid-19 Pandemic 2020 pattern" (designed by Jill Bright and Rebecca Chambers, pattern digitiation and instructions by Vicky Isliefson and Sylvia Klassen) please find the link to the PDF below. Disregard the instructions on the pattern for cap delivery: if you have extra caps for donation, again, please let the office know (office@ucpoco.ca) and we will arrange pick up. 

Please click here to read about the pattern's story, "Health-care head covering made with heart; Winnipeg nurse, teacher team up to provide front-line hospital workers with homemade surgical scrub caps" by Doug Spiers in the Winnipeg Free Press. And check out the news post below about our members using some scrub caps made by Trinity members at the care facility they work at in North Van!