Mask Designs & Patterns
Below, please find our recommended features and patterns, however we accept masks made from any pattern.
Accepted fabric: 100% cotton only (no interfacing, polypropylene, medical fabrics, polyester, rayon, flannel, fleece, wool, synthetic fibers, etc.) Note - cotton/polyester blend is acceptable for ties. References: PA Dept of Health, CDC
Suggested features: Based on feedback we received, these were some of the preferences that lead to improved safety, comfort, and ability to customize the mask upon receipt.
Sew channels (vs. ties sewn directly onto mask): This allows the recipient to swap out the ties, or adjust the size. They can even switch between a tie and elastic.
Removable nose piece slot: Allows recipients to be aware of which materials are present in their mark, and allows recipients to remove it before washing, or replace the nose wire in case it breaks. Although preferred, sewists do not need to provide the metal for the nose piece.
All edges should be finished with no fraying; all strings trimmed. Please only submit masks that you believe are well constructed. If you are unsure, please contact us and we can provide some feedback.
Patterns (below): Our patterns were selected from feedback from both hospitals, stitchers, and individuals. We have sewn masks from each of these patterns. While we hope that all of these patterns can be made quickly, the Leah Day mask pattern is a good place to start for new stitchers. These patterns will fit over N95 masks (please be sure to use the Men’s size for the RCoA pattern). Providence and Deaconess surgical style masks are also well-received.
Although we are requiring that folks receiving masks sanitize everything prior to using, keeping your space clean and sanitized helps too! Do not make masks for others if you are ill.