You Can Help Sew Surgical Masks
To optimize the supply of face masks for staff and patients, Lowell General Hospital is welcoming fabric masks from our community as we respond to COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
The hospital, along with other hospitals across the country, is carefully managing a limited supply of masks due to long back orders. To remain prepared, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has approved the use of fabric face masks in the face of this public health crisis.
You can help!
Donation Drop Off Location:
Anton’s Cleaners Stadium Plaza
10 Main Street
Tewksbury, MA 01876
Please use the VIP drop box and label donations for Lowell General Hospital. All donated face masks will be laundered prior to using. Thank you!
For questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Please, no phone calls!
Thank you for supporting our doctors, nurses, and hospital staff.
How to Sew Face Masks
- Please use 100% cotton or 50/50 cotton/poly blend.
- Wash and dry fabric before sewing so masks don’t shrink.
- Follow the patterns at one of the links below.
- Drop off masks at the location listed.
- Double-Layer Mask Video
- Men’s Mask for Experienced Sewers
How to make a Face Mask — What you will need
- Cotton fabric, a print is best. Remember, men and women may wear the masks.
- Rope Elastic, beading cord elastic will work (you may also us 1/8” flat elastic)
- Cut the elastic 7” long 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 — Cut 9x6 (Adult) or 7.5 x 5 (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 1.5” to 2” open. 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.
Be sure any fabric design is placed horizontally.