GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — A Lafayette couple is making headbands for health-care professionals. They're calling the movement "Headbands for Heroes."
Lafayette's "Headbands for Heroes," creator Shelly Bays said it all started after seeing a Facebook post from a family friend seeking sewers. The friend is a health-care worker who was looking for people to sew headbands with buttons, so the straps of their masks could latch onto the buttons instead of behind their ears.
"They're having to wear their masks for ten to 12 hours a day and it's breaking down the back of their ears," said Bays.
That's when Bays turned to Youtube to learn how to make headbands. Coincidentally her husband Alan had been collecting bandanas for years and that's what they're using for the material.
"I don't wear them anymore, in fact, I almost donated them to Goodwill last summer but I didn't do it, thank Goodness," said Alan Bays.
The couple has a system, Alan cuts and irons the fabric and Shelly sews it together and adds the buttons. It has become therapeutic, especially for Alan who's been temporarily laid off during Subaru's closure.
"Keeping us busy, you know something to do together," said Alan. "This is my soul mate."
The couple has more than 65 bandanas and they've already made at least 30 headbands. They're planning to make more with donated fabric from friends and family. But they're hoping people in the community step up to make their own masks to donate to health care professionals.
"There's a lot of people on Facebook and on Youtube who are putting out patterns and all kinds of helpful tips on how to make things that a lot of people would have available," said Shelly.
The CDC has recommended everyone wear a facial cover-up during the pandemic. While the couple is focused on providing headbands for health care professionals, they're also looking to make free headbands for the public.
Click here to view the video the Bays are using as a reference in making their headbands. You can also keep up with the movement on Facebook through the hashtag #HeadbandsforHeros.