UPDATE: Parkersburg seamstress delivers 500 headbands to Wood County school employees

Published: Aug. 8, 2020 at 3:11 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 10, 2020 at 10:26 AM EDT
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A Parkersburg seamstress has accomplished her goal of sending Wood County teachers some extra comfort this fall.

Karen Richmond runs a sewing business in Parkersburg and for the last several weeks she has been making special headbands for Wood County Schools employees to use in school. The headbands feature two buttons, one on either side of the band, that masks can attach to. This is supposed to make them more comfortable to wear.

The seamstress said on she delivered 500 headbands to the board of education office on Wednesday.

To put that into perspective, the headbands sell for $5 a piece.

“It feels good doing stuff for the community,” said Richmond. “As a Christian, I believe my life is to serve others and this a great way to be able to do that. And people are just so appreciative at this time in our society that is just so awful, that people would do kind stuff for them.”

Richmond included a list of roughly 230 people who had requested a headband in her delivery. Those people will have first dibs on headbands once they are passed out. However, any left over headbands are up for grabs by other school workers.

The giveaway is over, but Richmond says she will continue to sell them to anyone who requests them. She says a few teachers have already ordered several matching mask/headband sets.


Seamstress Karen Richmond is making and giving away headbands that hold up protective masks to Wood County Board of Education employees. Each headband has buttons on either side to attach a face mask. This is supposed to make the masks more comfortable to wear; keeping the bands off of the ear.

The headbands are made upon request, though Richmond hopes to make extras for the board of education to pass out. While Richmond owns her own business, On Pins and Needles, she is primarily running the giveaway through her Facebook page, The Masked Seamstress. Any Wood County teacher, bus driver, or aide can message her there to request a headband.

Richmond began making the headbands for healthcare workers months ago after some medical professionals requested them. She found a pattern online and started sewing. On top of the headbands she has made for workers in healthcare and education, Richmond says she has made around 2,000 masks since March.

As so many people, including herself, are making masks these days she thought giving these headbands away would be a unique way to help out the teachers and other school workers in Wood County.

Each worker gets one free headband, but Richmond says they can buy more from her if they want.

She has already received over 200 requests for the headbands. Richmond hopes to help as many people as she can through the project and says anyone looking to help her get more headbands to WCS workers can message her online.

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