MATERIALS AND INSTRUCTIONS
Please refer to the list below to see what materials are currently being accepted for donations. The materials used for our masks were chosen to ensure that the finished masks will be washable, reusable, and provide additional protection against the SARS-Cov 2 virus.
Materials for 1 mask:
8.5" x 15" fabric (100% cotton, 150+ thread count)*
5" nose wire (plastic-covered twist tie)
Two pieces of 7" flat elastic (approximately 1/4" in width)**
Needle, pins, and thread
*Material does not have to be pre-cut, large sections of fabric are accepted
**Please note that for material donations, elastics of widths greater than 1/4" are accepted.
Instructions on how to make a mask can be downloaded through the link below! When making your own mask feel free to cut the height and width to better fit your face, but make sure the elastics are still appropriately stretched and there's space for pleats!
We now have two versions of our mask, one for those that are deaf/hard of hearing (which includes a clear section for lip reading), and our original without the clear section. Both can be downloaded here.
Appropriate mask filter pocket placement & final size
While these masks do provide an extra layer of protection, they are not a substitute for social distancing or hand hygiene. They are meant to be worn for extra protection in addition to social distancing. When wearing, removing, and adjusting the mask, make sure to do so without touching your face. Also make sure not to touch the outside fabric of the mask.
Masks should be washed frequently, ideally after every use. Masks can be washed in a washing machine, or thoroughly by hand with warm soap and water.
Below are more tips for face mask do's and don'ts from Alberta chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw.
New to sewing and don't have a sewing machine? Check out the resources below for beginner friendly sewing techniques!
Watch this video for techniques such as how to secure a knot when beginning to sew, how to tie off the thread when you're done, and 3 different stitches.
The entire mask can be made with the simple Running Stitch at 0:47, or you may elect to use the Back-Stitch (2:44) for a more secure seam. Edges can be stitched with either of the above stitches, or with the Blanket stitch at 3:48!
If you prefer written instructions, check out this blog post! It contains the same stitches covered in the video in a few simple steps!