Teen Green making masks to help with pandemic

By Wendy Nugent, Newton Now

While people are wearing masks as bandits of disease protection, 15-year-old Carly Green is helping with the supply and demand of such masks.

She taught herself to sew.

“I’ve been sewing for five years and I wanted to enter something into the crafts for Jobs Daughters and self-taught myself on a sewing machine,” she said.

She’s going one step further than most mask makers, selling kits with 1 ounce of hand sanitizer and gloves for $6.

She’s doing this for one reason.

“Because I have the supply on hand and the need is great at the moment and what better way to go and help the community by doing something like this,” she said. “It’s my way of giving back.”

She’s picked up her supplies from a couple of suppliers—a local discount store for her fabric and Treasured Fabrics for her elastic.

Throughout the process, she’s learned a thing or two.

“I’ve learned that hair ties do not make the best elastic ear bands and shopping local is always the best way to go,” she said.

She started doing this as a response to the pandemic and learned how to make the masks by watching the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention video.

“Followed all of their recommendations for the homemade masks,” she said.

Green is not doing this to raise money for herself.

“The need is there and I’m able to help provide. I’m just trying to cover my cost,” the Newton High School sophomore said.

Her mask-making speed has gotten better and better.

“When I first started, it took a little to get the pattern just right so it took me about 20 minutes to make one mask, then once I perfected the pattern, it takes me about five to seven minutes to make one,” she said.

She’s sold several kits.

“I’ve sold about 23 kits, but I don’t really advertise,” she said. However, I do have the supplies to make more.”