Below, please find our recommended features and patterns, however we accept masks made from any pattern.
How did you choose the recommended features?
From all of the mask feedback we have received, a few clear themes were identified. These themes include safety and ability for a recipient to customize the fit of the mask upon receipt.
My masks don't have the recommended features, will you still accept them? Absolutely! The recommended features are just that, recommended. Our only strict requirement is 100% cotton for the main part of the mask.
We recommend using ties (vs. elastic): For the most universal and customizable fit, ties are preferred. They can be tied on top of the head or behind the neck and can adapt to the shape of a recipients body and are generally. See video out of how to wear one here. Masks with elastic ear loops are made with elastic all cut with at one length. With everyone having a different size/shape head, it's will be rare for the elastic to fit recipients well. Additionally, elastic creates pressure behind the ears. Elastic can be best used when make a mask that you are going to keep and use yourself, so that you can cut your elastic to size. Other uses for elastic include: behind the head (vs. ear loops) elastic for kids or others that do not prefer wearing ties. For the behind the head elastic, thicker elastic (1/2" is preferred).
We recommend sewing channels (vs. ties sewn directly onto mask): This allows the recipient to swap out the ties at any time. They can even switch between a tie and elastic.
We recommend a removable nose piece slot: This is so that recipients always know the materials their masks are created with. Also allows recipients to remove it before washing. Although preferred, sewists do not need to provide the metal for the nose piece.
Accepted fabric: 100% cotton only (no interfacing, polypropylene, medical fabrics, polyester, rayon, flannel, fleece, wool, synthetic fibers, etc.)
Materials accepted for ties: cotton, cotton/polyester blend, elastic
Please note: 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).
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.