10 Easy Steps to Making a Mask for Yourself or Others
To be clear, at time of publication, the CDC is not recommending that individuals wear masks and these masks are NOT a replacement for an N95 mask. However, they are re-considering the need for the general public to wear masks at essential places like the grocery store, medical offices, and anywhere other than home.
We spoke with our friends at Huntsville Hospital Foundation and they confirmed they are accepting homemade masks donations from the community:
“The health system has approved the wearing of clean, homemade masks in hospital environments that do not require PPE, and the Foundation will serve as the hub for these gifts. This PDF includes one mask pattern that can be useful.”
Once complete, masks can be delivered to Huntsville Hospital Occupational Health Group (OHG) locations in Huntsville, Madison & Decatur, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.
- Huntsville: HH Med Mall, 1963 Memorial Parkway SW #24, 35801; (256) 265-7000
- Madison: Meadow Green Center, 9238 Madison BLVD, Bldg 1, St 200, Madison, 35758; (256) 265-3285
- Decatur: Decatur West Campus, 1615 Kathy Lane SW , Decatur, AL 35603; (256) 973-4325
Don’t DIY alone! These two local Facebook Groups can answer questions and be a great resource for mask-makers:
North Alabama Mask Makers
Madison Mask Makers
CAN’T SEW? Here’s an easy solution just using a handkerchief and some hair ties. (This mask is strictly for personal use and not accepted as donations at hospitals.)
How to Make a Mask
Cut two 6” pieces of elastic (adult) and machine tack to marked fabric. For the kid sizes you can use 4-5” elastic based on sizing. I also make these with ties. You will need 4 strips of 12-14” bias tape. Tack each piece on the mark as shown with the elastic. I machine tack for extra reinforcement but you can pin it - whatever is easiest!
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