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Two sisters sewing masks, giving them away for free

Posted at 1:49 PM, Apr 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-30 19:56:33-04

RICHMOND, Ky. (LEX 18) — Two sisters in Madison County have been sewing masks for their community. The women have made 1,000 masks so far are don't plan on stopping any time soon.

Lynn Barns and Jill Whittaker have spent hundreds of hours sitting at Lynn's kitchen table sewing masks.

"Jill has topped stitched all of these, top stitched all of these. Then, next comes pleating, I do the pleating and then stitch it on the machine," Barns explained.

Lynn saw the need for masks in March, so the seamstress decided to use the cloth she already had to help. Once word spread about what Lynn and Jill were doing, people started donating to keep them going.

"There's a lot of cutting, we like to coordinate two prints, so that they'll be reversible. One on one side, and then they can wear it on the other side too," Barns said.

Over the past month, the pair have made over 1,000 masks. All of them, they've given away for free.

"We have porch pickup. We either put them on the porch table or hang in the flowered bag, if it's raining," Barns said.

As long as there's a need, they'll be sewing.