With protective masks in short supply on Martha’s Vineyard, a new Island network has formed with the mission of providing masks for everyone who needs them.

The Corona Stompers mask drive has a Facebook page, an Instagram account, a GoFundMe campaign and a growing number of volunteers stitching and donating masks for front-line workers on the Vineyard.

“The network is just growing exponentially,” said Amy Upton, who is coordinating the mask drive.

“We have grandmas, we have real seamstresses, we have do-it-yourselfers, and they’re all calling and saying, How can I help?” Ms. Upton said.

Vineyard Haven fashion designer Stina Sayre and her technical designer, dressmaker Chrysal Parrot, are among the professionals who are now stitching masks for the drive.

“They take quite a long time to make, because there’s a lot of detail work. But you get faster,” said Ms. Sayre, by phone from behind the sewing machine in her closed Main street shop.

“I’ve cracked 150 masks,” Ms. Parrot said Tuesday, about 10 days after she began making the all-cotton mouth and nose protectors in her home studio. “It’s basically turned into a full-time job.”

Using 100 per cent cotton, for absorbency, the makers follow a pattern that includes pleats, ties and a channel for flexible wire — often made of pipe cleaner — to mold the mask to the wearer’s face.

“The trick is to not have any air coming from the sides,” Ms. Sayre said.

Island-made masks should be easy to spot: Ms. Sayre’s most recent batch used bright orange cotton from her fashion business, while Ms. Parrot has been repurposing whimsically patterned fabrics — flamingos, flowers, butterflies and the like — from a children’s clothing line she designed.

“I also am making them out of plain fabrics and very conservative fabrics for guys,” Ms. Parrot said.

Once she has completed a batch of masks, Ms. Parrot said, she washes and dries them on the hottest cycle before donning gloves and a mask of her own to seal each one in a clean plastic bag.

Island-made masks have gone out to workers and volunteers at Meals on Wheels, Island Grown Initiative, Cronig’s and Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard, among other recipients.

In addition to the sewing drive, Corona Stompers uses donations to buy N95 masks and other personal protective equipment for front-line Island workers.

“We are desperately needing support and funds,” said Ms. Upton, a house painter who also has been collecting stocks of N95 masks donated by fellow contractors. Donors can drop off masks and mask-making materials at SBS in Vineyard Haven, she said.

Other Island designers who have joined the mask-making movement include Angela Sison of Conrado Clothing and Trisha Ginter of Frock, both based at the Workshop Gallery in Vineyard Haven.

Ms. Sison told the Gazette they have been sending masks for placement through an off-Island drive, but now that Corona Stompers is up and running, Ms. Upton said she hopes to recruit the duo for the home team.

Her ultimate goal is to make sure everyone on the Island has a mask, and wears it, while the pandemic lasts.

“It’s not okay to go out in public not wearing a mask,” Ms. Upton said. “You wear a mask to protect somebody else, not to protect yourself.”

Ms. Sayre also wants to see everyday Islanders equipped. “Everyone should have the mask,” she said.

Not only does it protect the mouth and nostrils, but a mask acts as a reminder to keep from scratching the nose or rubbing the eyes, Ms. Sayre said.

“It tells you no, don’t do that. It stops you from that automatic movement,” she said.

“It’s just one more layer of protecting yourself.”

The Corona Stompers are on Facebook and Instagram at /coronastompers and on GoFundMe at gofundme.com/f/corona-stompers-community-mask-drive.