Sidmouth interior designer makes face masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19

Protective face masks are being handmade in Sidmouth by an interior designer keen to help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Sarah Yates, of Sarah Yates Interiors, has turned her hand to making cotton masks, selling them to individuals and businesses for their staff.

Since lockdown, Sarah’s sewing machine has been stitching together layers of fine cotton and elastic, made to a specific pattern.


Sarah runs up the face masks on her sewing machine.

Sarah, 59, who normally uses her stitching skills to make curtains and blinds, has drafted in her husband Nick – and his bicycle – to deliver the finished face masks.

Her one-use face masks sell for £30 for a pack of 10, with a discount for larger orders. She said although the masks could be washed, the recommendation was to wear them once.

Sarah added that the masks were not designed to conform to British safety standards.

Sarah said: “I thought I would like to do something to help. People have been really pleased. They feel a lot safer from wearing them.

“The businesses we have supplied to are happier they are keeping staff safe. And the people who are wearing them, it makes them feel safer as well.”

Sarah, who has worked in interiors for 32 years, currently sews the face masks in batches of 10, and hopes her output will pick up speed the more she produces.

She said: “My husband gets on his bike, delivers the parcel and leaves it on the doorstep.”

She added: “Our aim is to make hundreds of them, so if you’re an East Devon business especially care homes and those involved in community care, contact us for more details.”


Nick, Sarah’s husband, delivers the face masks and leaves them on the doorstep.


Sarah with one of the face masks she has made.

Contact Sarah on 07875924891 or email

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