Project Runway makes, donates masks

Erica Martin

Members of Project Runway, FSU Panama City’s sewing club, are taking on a new skill to help during the coronavirus pandemic. Using sewing machines donated by Jim's Sewing Store, club members and advisor Milinda Stephenson are learning to make masks to donate to area assisted-living facilities.

“There are nurses and doctors without masks who are working every day to fight against this pandemic to help us all,” member Destiny Hansley said. “If we are able to help, that is what we should do.”

Meeting via Zoom video chat, Stephenson demonstrated how to make masks using an online pattern and quilting fabric or material from clothing. 

The Project Runway club will continue to meet at 3 p.m. Thursdays via Zoom, learning to make clothing, accessories and décor.

“Social distancing does not mean social isolation,” Hansley noted. “We may have a new normal now, but as long as we have each other we can overcome this huge change to our everyday lives.”

For more information on Project Runway or to learn how to participate in club activities, email Milinda Stephenson at

Learn to make a face mask