With hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare providers quickly running out of face masks, we would like to do our part to help protect those who are working hard to help other regain their health.
One of the many ways you can help is to make fabric face masks. We all have fabric stashes at home that we can break into or even that scrap basket. Many of the mask patterns out there don’t call for very much fabric and are a quick sew. We’ve collected some patterns and tutorials for you here to get you started. However, if you are planning on sewing masks for a specific organization, you may want to check with them ahead of time to ensure that you are meeting their specifications.
Patterns and Tutorials
Community Pleated Masks
HEPA Filter Face Mask
Are Fabric Masks Acceptable?
In times of emergency, the CDC allows fabric masks to be used when there is a shortage of medical-grade masks. However, while a fabric mask may help prevent the spread of droplets, it is not completely effective against all viruses.
All face masks should be washed and sterilized before use and cleaned again after becoming damp or moist. Color-safe bleach like Clorox 2 or Purex 2 can be used to sanitize with hot water.
We know that smaller elastic is becoming harder to find right now so we wanted to give you some alternatives to elastic if you are not able to find the size of elastic you’d like to use.
• Ribbon • Bias Tape • Fabric Ties • Elastic Hair Bands • Elastic Cording (like for jewelry making) • Spandex cut into 1/2″ strips and stretched
Additional patterns, instructions, and video tutorials will be added as we go through them. If you have one that you love and would like to share, please feel free to e-mail us the link at email@example.com!