#GotItCovered Competition!

The team at the Big Community Sew are on a mission.

As it’s now mandatory to wear face coverings on public transport and in the shops, unless you are exempt – we want to get more people covered up.

Our key workers are continuing to fight the pandemic on the front line, so it is important that we keep medical grade PPE for them.

Which means it’s time to get sewing!

We are launching a competition for the BEST home-made face covering. The winner will be crowned the champion face-covering designed by Patrick Grant and each group will receive a brand new sewing machine courtesy of Singer.

We are challenging you to get creative with your designs! Aside from the pattern the look of your face covering is completely up to you.

To enter, simply send a picture of your face covering, with your name, age and category to info@bigcommunitysew.co.uk.

Make sure you make clear in the subject that it is for the #GotItCovered competition.

We’d also love to see how you get along with your creations so please post pictures of your sketches, toiles and your work in progress on either Twitter or Instagram using the hashtags #bigcommunitysew and #GotItCovered.

Closing date for entries is Friday 21st August.

Get Sewing and Good luck!

To be eligible, your face covering must adhere to these safety regulations:

  • Face covering must not contain any sharp points or rough edges that will pierce or cut skin
  • Straps should hold the face covering in place and ensure a good fit for intended user groups
  • Straps must not cut into skin
  • Straps must not be a strangulation hazard
  • Face covering must not impede the wearer from breathing (suffocation hazard)
  • Face covering must not release small parts or be adorned with buttons or beads (choking hazard)
  • Face covering to be made from a fabric that does not shed fibres that may be inhaled during use
  • Face covering not to be made from a material not designed to be worn against the skin or dyed with chemicals containing poisons that could be ingested
  • Allergenic materials, e.g. latex in elastic ties, should be avoided


Entrants will be judged in three age groups, 12 and under, 18 and under and over 18’s. They will be marked on the creativity, functionality and sustainability of their coverings.

How to Enter?

  • Participants must send a photograph or series of photographs of their face covering to info@bigcommunitysew.co.uk. It is important to include the ‘GotItCovered Competition’ in the subject.
  • Children must get the consent of an adult (over the age of 18) to enter.


  • After the competition is closed on 21 August, the entrants will be notified by the Big Community Sew via an email.
  • Shortlisted entrants will be asked for more detailed information on their face covering and personal story.
  • Shortlisted entrants will be judged by Patrick Grant and a team of celebrity judges involved in face coverings.
  • Winners will be selected based on usability, environmentally friendliness, creativeness and will be subject to the face covering meeting safety regulations.

Rules / Terms & Conditions

  1. The competition closes at midnight on 21st August 2020.
  2. The shortlisted entrants will be contacted after the competition closes.
  3. If the shortlisted entrants cannot be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made, we reserve the right to stand that entrant down and select another one.
  4. The winners will be contacted shortly after, if the category winners cannot be contacted after reasonable attempts have been made, we reserve the right to stand that entrant down and select another winner.
  5. The Big Community Sew’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  6. The Big Community Sew reserves the right to alter and/or cancel the competition without any prior warning.
  7. All personal data submitted with consent will be kept only for the duration of the competition and erased after the winners are selected.


Some people are exempt from wearing a face covering. Children under 11 and those with physical and mental disabilities or impairments don’t need to wear one.  For full details and guidance on face coverings please go to gov.uk.