Sewing Masks for our Community

While homemade fabric masks do not substitute for N95 masks, we are told they are still very much needed, with increasing demand, 

and can be used in many ways to help protect our medical teams and our community.  Here are three styles of masks, with notes. 

 Some organizations prefer pleated masks, some need flat masks with a pocket to insert their own filters, and others specify ties or elastic. Below are some examples and resources that I found easy to make. Thanks for all your efforts!

And here is a link to a continually updated resource of where to donate masks in your area.

Furnished by Deaconess Health Systems in Indiana

Where to Donate Masks

Pleated Style

Medical Face Mask

Erica Arndt

Erica Arndt YouTube

  • Best tutorial I've seen for this style
  • Mask has 3 layers 
  • Pattern is rectangles -- easy to cut
  • Many size options
  • Elastic or fabric strap options
  • Great supplemental info
  • Beginner sewing level

Flat Style

Fu Face Mask

Joost De Cock

  • Mask has 2 layers - you could easily add a 3rd inner layer.
  • It uses fabric straps and not elastic -- more time consuming but less expensive and more readily available if elastic becomes scarce
  • Pattern has 3 sizes
  • Beginner sewing level

Flat Style with Pocket Insert

Face Mask Pattern

Craft Passion

  • Mask has 2 layers with a pocket for a filter insert
  • Many size options
  • Elastic cording is threaded thru afterward - easy to custom comfort fit on ears or around head
  • Beginner/Intermediate sewing level for the pocket insert

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