Coronavirus Mask + Gown Making Relief

(UPDATES BELOW and marked*) Definitely a double entendre.  Something to do while you remain in doors, and help out your fellow man.  I reshared another makers instagram post about making your own masks at home to help out while being stuck inside.  Because I have no reference materials myself, I thought it may be helpful to compile a few helpful links that we found out there.  Definitely reach out if you found one you like more!  I'll keep adding.

*When making masks for hospitals check in with them to see what they prefer and don't just send them in.

*FU Mask Pattern  I added a 13" elastic to the top for around head and 2.5' of twill cord for around the neck.  Cutting up an old tshirt for straps is helpful tip for those without supplies.

*Instagram helpful video tutorial.  My own personal modifications; My fabric square is 8.5"x10" and I used a 42" cord looped all the way through instead of elastic.  The cord rests on top of your head and ties down at the back of neck.

*No Sew Mask:…

This is a Great post about different fabrics you can use and their effectiveness.  Go here first to determine what you have lying around that is the best option;


This Instructables post has two mask options, downloadable links and pictures at important steps, just scroll down a bit. Also, child sizes!


Here's a pdf download for the FU Mask And a youtube video that's very helpful;


But where to send them?  I had heard that Providence hospitals sent a call out for makers to make them.  I would probably look locally to see who needs them in your area specifically. Any suggestions from readers who know who needs them?  I will add below here;



Gotham City Quilts "This probably is obvious, but sewn masks are not as effective as medical-grade masks like the N95 masks which stop 97% of virus-sized particles (the ones we need to demand our government provide).

From the link: Data shows that DIY masks made with a single layer of cotton clothing or a tea towel can remove around 50-60% of virus-sized particles. This means they perform worse than surgical masks and FFP2 (N95) masks. Wearing the homemade masks for 3 hours had no significant effect on the filtration efficiency."

We are in contact with a nurse at Mount Sinai West in NYC who is requesting masks. They can be mailed to:

Mount Sinai West
3G Rehab Unit
ATTN: Sonia Mains
1000 10th Ave
New York, NY 10019

And here are some other drives we've found that you can donate to:

  1. Atlantic Health System hospitals in New Jersey are asking for masks to be dropped off
  2. A list of New York facilities asking for masks
  3. Operation: We Can Sew It in Colorado
  4. Sarah Lawson of Sew Sweetness has a list of Chicago-area places


Masks needed but also gowns!

Open Jar Studios is building a team of sewers.  If you down't have a machine they can even help with that! Go to their page for more info and sign up.




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