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Learn how to make window masks - reusable cloth face masks with clear plastic panels - from King County's EcoConsumer program

Window masks

Window masks

Also known as "smile masks," window masks are reusable cloth face masks with a clear plastic panel.

During the pandemic, window masks can help people communicate with those who are in speech therapy, deaf or hard of hearing, learning to read, or learning a language.

While the King County repair events program was on hold due to Covid, the program's sewers made window masks. These were distributed to several non-profit organizations and institutions.

In King County in 2021, window masks have seemed especially helpful for some teachers and staff at schools, preschools and day cares that serve families where more than one language is spoken. Small children like being able to see the mouths of their teachers, and that can help the children with language and reading.

Questions or comments about this project? Contact program coordinator Tom Watson email Tom Watson via e-mail or at 206-477-4481.

Making/using window masks – Dec. 29, 2020 virtual workshop

Watch the full hour-long recording Youtube

Listen to the audio-only version podcast

Learn basics about making window masks at home on your own sewing machine. Also learn how individuals and organizations can use window masks, including tips on washing and defogging.

This workshop features: window mask sewers Kathy Eytcheson, Amanda Radak, Laurie Keep and Jessica Nash; Barbara Bryant from Valley Medical Center Children's Therapy; King County's Tom Watson; and American Sign Language interpreters Sarah Pettigrew and Mary Thornton.

Sponsored by King County's repair events program, as one of its special Covid assistance projects.

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