DIY Medical Face Mask

Hello Tribe!  Thank you to everyone who has begun sewing face masks for our health care providers and first responders. We’ve created this page to consolidate all the information we have on making the face masks to make it easier to find. If you have any tutorials you would like added, please contact Laura Hura.  Her Facebook page is Laura Galuszka Hura. 

The CDC advises these masks are to be used in critical situations only, but these are critical times.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are many needs that need to be met for this effort:

  1. Donations of fabric – Tightly woven cotton fabric, even fabric scraps are accepted. If possible, please pre-wash the fabric to prevent shrinkage of masks once they are sewn. Do not use fabric softener
  2. Donations of furnace filters – Currently only Honeywell furnace filters with an MPR of at least 1900
  3. Donations of plastic bags (quart and gallon sized storage bags)
  4. Monetary donations to purchase filters, fabric and bags
  5. People to sew masks
  6. People to cut filters
  7. People to be runners who will pick up/drop off materials and completed masks as well as possibly delivering completed masks to health care facilities.

If you would like to help out, please add your name to the list and indicate what you would like to assist us with.  This is a link to the volunteer spreadsheet. The spreadsheet may take a little time to load:

Monetary Donations can be made to our General Fund.  Please indicate Facemasks in the comment section. The link to the PayPal General Fund Account is:

General Fund Donations

Face Masks Made with Furnace Filters

The face masks that seems to be the most accepted are those with fabric ties and a pocket for a filter. 

A tightly woven cotton material should be used for the face mask. Fabric should be pre-washed before cutting to prevent shrinkage of masks.

To date, it is our understanding this YouTube tutorial pattern has been deemed the best by local hospitals.

Sewers: found this information on the Masks for Medical Staff Facebook page. This was posted by the same lovely lady who created the video. Tami Kromer…This is what she found works to reduce time to make masks. This probably only works well once you are familiar with the pattern and fully understand the original instructions.-cut out 10-20 at a time-make them assembly line style.-Only run initial seam up the sides, not around the entire mask-only use the iron for the pleats, finger fold as you are for the rest-sew the pleats and attach the side piece of trim at the same time (one seam instead to two different ones)-finger fold and sew the ties as you go (make sure you attach the strap to the mask first)Hope that helps anyone else reduce time. She made 12 in about 3-4 hours of work time today.

The link for the pattern is here. Scroll down the page. It is IMPORTANT to note that all material used for making the mask must be pre-washed.

Step-by-step pictorial tutorial can be found here.

Here is the video tutorial for cutting the furnace filters for the inserting into the masks. At least a 1900 filter needs to be used and inserted into pattern.

Right now, Honeywell & Filtrete furnace filters, rated MPR1900 or above are the preferred
filters to use. It has been verified that these filters do not contain glass fibers that could
possibly cause harm if inhaled.

Filtrete needs to be 1900 or greater. Honeywell needs to be 9 or higher

Thank you to the Masks for Medical Staff for spearheading this project and for creating all
patterns, videos and links.

Contact Laura for more information.