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Sewing Protective Masks - a pattern & guide!

Thank you to our community for your support during this time. We are grateful to for those who have volunteered their efforts in assisting our medical staff with personal protective equipment and offered their talents and resources in sewing face masks.

We have attached a pattern from Deaconess Hospital in Evansville, Indiana, along with instructions. Masks can be dropped off at our hospital main building. And again we thank you all for your continued support!

Details about making/delivering fabric masks for our staff

  • The pattern is courtesy of The Turban Project via Deaconess Hospital
  • Use tightly-woven cotton fabric on both sides.
  • Please remember that both women and men in a variety of roles may wear these masks.
  • When your masks are complete, please deliver to our hospital front door, from 7am until 5pm.
  • Collected masks will be immediately sent to laundry/processing to be prepared for use.
  • Any surplus masks will be distributed to other organizations in our community who are in need.

Click here for a print out of instructions.

What you will need

  • Cotton fabric, a pretty print is best, but hey we aren't going to be picky!
  • Rope Elastic, beading cord elastic will work (you may also us 1/8” flat elastic)
  • Cut the elastic 7long and tie a knot at each end (DO NOT knot the ends of the flat)

You can make two sizes: Adult or Child

  • Put right sides of cotton fabric together; Cut9x6(Adult)or7.5x5(Child)
  • Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner, stop. Sew the elastic with the edge out into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold this.
  • Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner and sew a few stitches forward and back.
  • Now sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Again put an elastic with the edge out.
  • Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.
  • Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5to 2open. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.
  • Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction
  • Sew around the edge of the mask twice. It is so easy to make this.

Be sure any fabric design is placed horizontally.