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Covenant Health issues approved DIY masks instructions

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Covenant Health has received community support looking to help create masks for health care workers. Below are instructions and materials needed that have been approved by Infection Prevention professionals. 

Masks can be dropped off at the same PPE donation drop-off location on 21st and Indiana. That drop-off location is open from 12 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday starting today.

Materials list: 

- There are two patterns: a large size (man) and a medium size (woman)
- Two yards of 44" wide fabric will make approximately 15 large makes of 18 medium masks. 
- Each mask is made up of an outer layer and inner layer (four pieces of fabric), and four 18" ties (can use bias tape if the edges are sewn down.)
- For the outer layer, a heavy tightly-woven 100% cotton material is suggested (like cotton duck cloth); however, any tightly-woven, durable 100% cotton will work.
- For the inner layer, any tightly-woven 100% cotton fabric will work. 
- All fabric used must be 100% cotton, pre-washed and pre-shrunk. 

The pattern: 

- Website:
- Go to the link for "Pocket Face Mask Sewing Pattern with Seam Allowance Included" to obtain the pattern
- Select "MAN Pocket Face Mask Pattern" for the large face masks, and select "TEENAGER/WOMAN Pocket Face Mask Pattern" for the medium face masks.


- Sew all seams within a 3/8" seams allowance, which is typically the outside edge of the sewing machine foot
- Topstitching should be very close to the outer edge of the mask to help it hold its shape



- Before you sew the outer (main) and inner (lining) layers together at the top and bottom, finish the side edges of the inner layer: Fold the fabric over 1/4", then fold over 1/4" again. Topstitch near the edge of the fold. (These edges are where the filter will slide in.) 
- Then, pin the outer and inner layers together, right sides of fabric inside, and stitch the top and bottom of the inner layer to the outer layer.  
- Turn the face mask inside out; the right sides of the fabric are now showing.
- Fold the edges of the out layer even with the top and bottom edges of the mask.
- Then, fold the side edges over 1/4". then fold the edge over 1`/4" again. Insert the unfinished end of the tie approximately 1/2" into the fold and topstitch the length of the side of the maks, reinforcing the ends where the ties are inserted. 
 - After the ties are sewn in, press all edges of the face mask.
- Finally, topstitch the top and bottom edges of the mask, very close to the outer edges, to help the mask retain its shape. 

Assembling outer layer and inner layer: 

- Sew the two pieces of lining together on the large curved side of the pieces, right sides of fabric inside. Repeat for the two pieces of the outer layer (main).
-  It helps finish of the face mask if you press each seam after sewing it, and if you snip into the seam allowance to help the fabric lay smooth when the mask is finished. 











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