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Mask Instructions

Thank you for your interest in sewing masks for our community during this COVID-19 outbreak. Please read this page in full for important information about this volunteer project.

Important Notes:

  • Please do not make any masks if you or someone in your household is sick or has been exposed to Coronavirus. To prevent the likelihood of spreading infection, please do not participate in this project if you have any symptoms, even mild ones.
  • Not all organizations have the same needs for personal protective equipment. While your willingness to help is deeply appreciated, we want to ensure that we’re listening to organizations to determine their needs. Before buying materials or beginning to make masks, please confirm the following details with the organization:
    • Quantity of masks needed (you do not need to supply all masks needed, but please commit to making a specific number of masks so organizations can keep track of their inventory and remaining needs).
    • Delivery process (make a plan for how you will deliver or mail finished masks to the organization. Consider social distancing guidelines to plan for a safe hand-off).

While we cannot make any claims to the medical benefits of these homemade masks, organizations have told us they will value them as a resource for their team and updated guidance from the CDC regarding homemade masks can be found here.

Please follow basic sanitation protocol:

  • Wash your hands before making mask.
  • Sanitize our work surface before you begin
  • Use clean fabric to make all masks
  • Wash masks before sending them in, either by boiling them in water or by washing them in a washing maching with soap and water.

    *Package your masks in plastic bags, even if you are sending them in a box.

Mask instructions:

Detailed instructions for sewing masks can be found here. Please read the safety precautions carefully before beginning. 

Some notes about fabric:

  • Finer weaves are better for face masks
  • Lighter colored fabrics are preferred because they show soiling more easily
  • Researchers have recommended 100% cotton fabric (such as a t-shirt or pillowcase) for homemade face masks, due to effectiveness at filtering particles and breathability.

Once you’ve finished sewing masks, keep them in a sealed bag and always ensure your hands are clean before handling the masks or bag. Work directly with the recipient organization to deliver or mail the masks to their building.

 

Thank you for your generosity!