Rise Up & Sew

Sunday, 24 May 2020 - Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Recently the Dutch Government announced that from 1 June 2020 it is compulsory to wear a non-medical face mask when making use of public transport.

As an outreach initiative, Crossroads would like to bless people in need with washable, re-usable non-medical face masks.

The official government website where the rules of the non-medical face masks can be found is: https://www.rijksoverheid.nl/onderwerpen/coronavirus-covid-19/openbaar-en-dagelijks-leven/mondkapjes. 

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Click on the link below for an informative YouTube video with a tried and tested pattern and method to make a non-medical face mask with or without the use of a sewing machine.
You are also welcome to use your own pattern if you wish.
Completed masks can be dropped off at the Community Center or placed in the post box.


If sewing is not for you, you can still contribute by donating materials for the making of the masks. We are in need of the following:
– 100% cotton material in all colours and designs (1m of material is enough for about 12 masks).
– Elastic (black or white preferably, but other colours are also welcome) – see photograph.
– Embroidery thread (black or white preferably, but other colours are also welcome) – see photograph.





We will distribute the mask to people in our community, especially those who need to travel with public transportation and the elderly.
If we have enough masks, we will reach the wider community in the train stations and bus stations.
If you are in this category of people who need the mask, please email: hananje@xrds.nl

How do you use a non-medical mask?

Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with water and soap before you put the mask on and after you have removed it.
– Only touch the elastic while putting on and removing the mask.
– Make sure that your mouth, nose and chin are covered well and don’t touch the mask again.
– Only wear the mask for a maximum of 3 hours at a time.
– Keep clean and unused masks separate from each other in a sealed container or bag.
– Wash the mask after every use at 60C for a full wash cycle.Wash only with detergent and don’t add fabric softener.
– Wash your hands after you placed the mask in the washing machine.
– Not to be worn by children younger than 3 years of age.


  • When: Sunday, 24 May 2020 - Wednesday, 1 July 2020
  • Where: At your home