Information Regarding Making Face Masks (sew and no-sew versions) and Making Covers for N95 Masks

Hello everyone,

I’m updating this post with as much information as I can find about making face masks for personal use and/or to donate to organizations that need them.

Below are links to tutorials that show how to sew various types of cloth masks. There is also a link to a tutorial and pattern for making reusable cloth covers for N95 masks, which was developed by Phoebe Health Systems.

In addition, you’ll find information about making no-sew masks from various household materials.

And lastly, there are links to organizations asking for donations of masks and mask covers.

Before you sew masks or mask covers to donate, be sure to check with your local health care providers to see which masks and covers they need. Many organizations are requesting specific patterns to be used.

Also, the U.S. Center for Disease Control is now recommending that all citizens wear a mask when going out of the house. The CDC has posted information and tutorials showing how to sew a cloth mask, make a no-sew mask from a t-shirt, or make a no-sew mask from a bandanna and a coffee filter. You can find that information here.

However, maintaining social distancing and washing our hands remains crucial to stopping the spread of the virus, even if we’re wearing masks.

Here’s a simple tutorial from the New York Times, showing how to sew a mask using household items, either sewn by hand or with a machine: NY Times Mask tutorial

The Times also published this article about recommended fabrics for masks. They talk about using densely-woven fabric such as quilting cotton. If you sew garments, muslin or other tight-weave fashion fabrics could be a good alternative: Article about recommended fabrics for masks

This tutorial shows how to make my favorite mask for personal use. It’s designed for swift sewing, and has shaping without a lot of curved seams or pleats: 3D Mask Tutorial

And here’s a similar 3D mask tutorial that includes a filter pocket and channel for a nose wire. It also has dimensions for small or large masks. 3D Mask Tutorial with filter pocket

You can find a very popular free pattern for a different style of mask here on, designed by intrepid sewing peep Joost de Cock, who started the open-source site. His mask pattern was just featured in the New York Times .

Here’s a comprehensive tutorial for making a woven face mask that has ties made from knit fabric or an old t-shirt: Made Everyday Tutorial

For your friends who can’t sew, this tutorial shows how to make a no-sew mask using a handkerchief and hair ties: No-sew face mask tutorial

Here’s information about another no-sew mask that can be created quickly from HEPA filter material that’s folded like origami : HEPA No-sew mask information

For people looking to find instructions for homesewn cloth covers to go over existing N95 masks, Phoebe Health Systems has developed and refined this pattern for volunteers. You can find the updated pattern and instructions on the hospital’s website, by clicking this link.


If you are in the Boston area, as I am, the craft shop Gather Here is collecting home-sewn fabric face masks outside of their store, and they have a tutorial for the masks on their website. You can find the information here .

A number of hospitals have gone online to ask for hand-sewn masks. Here are some links:

You can find a national database of organizations looking for masks here

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (Nashville TN): here

Bassett Healthcare Network (Cooperstown NY) here

Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital in Lebanon, NH: here

North Shore of Massachusetts: here

Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania: here

Rutland, Vermont: here

Peoria IL: here

Lynden, WA: here

Wichita, Kansas: here

I will add more links as I find them, but if you search “donate fabric masks” and add the name of your region or hospital, you may find local donation information that way.

Stay safe everyone!


9 thoughts on “Information Regarding Making Face Masks (sew and no-sew versions) and Making Covers for N95 Masks

  1. Thanks for keeping this updated and full of goodness. The part in the Thai video where the seam allowances get ironed over BEFORE the mask is turned made me yell very loudly in a happy manner and the cat is now in a different room. As a devotee of the novelty prints, ironing as I sew is as important as keeping the bobbins full. I’m drawing this out so I don’t forget, and can pass it to my neighbor who is in production mode as well.
    An unexpected benefit from this is people really want to learn how to sew. My boat building neighbor is teaching his son, my niece got my sister’s machine going and is making masks; there’s a pattern for every skill and patience level.

    • I hadn’t thought of that, but I’m so glad to hear that silver lining of people learning to sew. The world needs skills! I was happy to find that 3D mask tutorial as well because it’s a method that works well for production but gives you a mask that’s comfortable. (And a little chic I might add…)

  2. I saw your post on Instagram for the 3D mask and I’d love to make it myself, but several tries later I haven’t been able to get the video to load. Is there a written (or any alternate) tutorial?

    • That’s interesting–I’ll check the link. However, there are other tutorials for the same mask on YouTube. If you search “3D Mask” you may find them. The dimensions for the fabric on the tutorial I used are 32 cm x 25 cm folded in half.

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