How to make face masks for your local hospital With sheets and a sewing machine, you can help fill a critical need.
The COVID-19 pandemic has left hospitals and other health-care sites desperately short of medical face masks. In collaboration with Good Housekeeping magazine and designer/Project Runway alum Amanda Perna, we’re publishing directions you can use to sew masks for your local facilities. We were also happy to donate some of our 100% cotton sheets to Amanda for this purpose.
The best fabric for this is tightly-woven and 100% cotton. Sheets, denim, and heavyweight shirts are good candidates. (Avoid stretchy knits such as jersey tees.) Prewash the fabric in hot water to kill germs and pre-shrink the material.
You’ll also need a non-woven filter fabric to help block out particles, and a metal piece (perhaps a simple paperclip) to make the mask fit snugly around the nose.