Thank you for helping us promote our Operation Make Masks at Home to help protect our community.
When making masks please use tightly woven fabric and remember both men and women will be using these masks in a variety of roles.
There are oodles of mask patterns available so if you are part of a mask making group please follow your group’s guidelines. If, however, you need a pattern we have couple for different sewing levels and/or needs. While it’s less than ideal, both are within the CDC guidelines for their appropriate uses:
Beginning sewing level:
Masks to be used as a cover for a filtered mask or for general protection:
What you will need
- Cotton fabric
- 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)
- Wire if you wish to wire the masks.
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.
Advanced Beginner sewing level:
Masks for replacing the N95 mask:
This mask pattern is a little more involved and has a removable filter and can replace the N95 mask if necessary. It will give the wearer the most protection. Please see the You Tube link for great instructions:
Our local Saginaw hospital, Covenant Health Care, also has a link on their home page with printed instructions and where to drop off completed masks. https://www.covenanthealthcare.com
If you would rather drop your finished masks off at the Frankenmuth Woolen Mill we will have a marked receptacle on our loading dock. Finished masks can be dropped off and any time and we will work with area groups to get them to people and organizations who are in need.
God Bless America!