3/8” unless otherwise noted
Light to medium weight woven cotton (dishcloths, bedsheets, quilting fabrics etc.).
Cut 2: 9”x6” rectangles of fabric using pdf template
40”x2” ties (pro tip: cut from selvage to selvage of fabric and you won’t need to hem the tie edges)
With right sides facing, sew along short sides of rectangles
Turn and Press
To make your first tie, fold tie fabric in half lengthwise, press.
Next, fold one side in to meet the crease in the middle, press.
Repeat for other side.
Press once more with both sides folded in. Then, repeat steps 5-8 for your second tie.
Fold ties in half and press to mark middle.
Pin ties in place to top and bottom, lining up middles. Starting at one end, sew the entire length of each tie. (To ensure you catch all layers, don’t sew too closely to the edge)
Lightly mark pleats with chalk or pencil.
Fold and pin pleats in place
Sew around entire edge of mask, being careful to avoid pins when sewing over the pleats
Package the masks, be sure to include the note that is in the pdf, and send to a hospital in need.
Here’s the deal, we’re not trying to be prescriptive—we want you to use what is readily at-hand, easy, and available. There may be a few materials that you have lying around that you didn’t know are great to repurpose for masks, and that’s where we come in…
Woven cotton, cotton/polyester blends, silk, flannel, quilter’s cotton, unused mechanic/car shop towels, non-woven polypropylene (NWPP) and linen. Think—dish towels, T-Shirts, pillow cases, sheets, and scarves.
Pro Tip: You’re going to want to use two layers (four is even better) of these materials to make your masks truly effective.
Why these materials? They’re breathable, accessible, and easy to work with! Breathability is key. If you can't breathe well through the mask you are more likely to adjust it.
Synthetics, polyester, spandex - These are bad ideas because the virus can survive on those surfaces for a long period of time.
(MUST be sandwiched between fabric for safety)
Coffee filters, A 1900+ furnace filter (2 layers), tyvek, vacuum cleaner bag, non-woven polypropylene (NWPP), unused mechanic/car shop towels
HEPA filters have glass particulate that you DO NOT want to be breathing.
Wearing a mask does not mean you do not have to practice other recommended activities: stay at home unless going out for essentials/exercise, avoid groups, maintain social distance of 6+ feet from people, wash your hands, do not touch your face.