SEWING
MASKS

After delivering more than 22,600 cloth masks to Maine's healthcare workers, our volunteers are moving on to individual county efforts. We are keeping our pattern info up as a public resource.

THANK YOU.

HYGIENE RULES.

ACCEPTED MATERIALS.

PRE-SHRINK FABRIC.

Thank you for volunteering your time and talents to help us get these critical masks where they are needed most. You can find the guidelines for sewing masks here, and read answers to frequently asked questions.

We need to protect our volunteers and those who will be handling these masks, so please:​

  • Wash your hands thoroughly, repeat any time you take a break from sewing.

  • Wipe down your machine and iron with disinfectant.

  • Sew a practice mask for yourself, and use this while sewing the masks to donate.

  • Never try a mask you intend to donate on your own face, your child’s face, or a pet. 

  • As you complete masks, keep them grouped in a sealed ziplock bag as you sew (but any receptacle will do) to keep them sanitary. 

Materials accepted:

  • 100% cotton fabric only- non stretch, quilting cotton preferred. 

  • Fabric ties are preferred by healthcare providers, sew these if you can.

  • You may also use cotton twill tape. The ties are shaped like bias tape, but they should not be true bias tape. Please cut your ties across the yard goods, preserving the selvedge (bound edge) at the tips of the ties. 

  • Flat elastic in ⅛” or ¼” or round/cord elastic

Materials not accepted:

  • No fabric with glitter or metallics.

  • No shoelaces, ribbon, or hair elastic- if you don’t have access to real elastic, sew ties please.

Please wash and dry your fabric on hot twice before sewing to pre-shrink. If you are not able to do this, sew one size larger than you originally intended, and label your finished masks as unwashed per the guidelines below.

COMPLETED MASKS.

When your masks are complete, please:

  • Put your masks in a ziplock bag (or other bag if no zip lock is available)

  • Group masks by size

  • Label to include:

    • Pattern used and size (if applicable)

    • If fabric was pre-washed and dried or is not pre-shrunk

    • Your name

PATTERNS & TUTORIALS.

TUTORIAL ONE

TIES

TUTORIAL TWO

EASY TIES

TUTORIAL THREE

ELASTIC

Tips and Tricks.

We are sharing tips and tricks to help your mask sewing go smoothly over on our blog page. Check them out here.

We have created this website to pool resources and give guidance to people in Maine to sew masks for use in healthcare settings. To be clear, these masks do not protect from COVID-19, and are not considered valid PPE. We are responding to direct requests from healthcare facilities in Maine following the amended "last resort" guidance from the federal CDC.