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RESOURCES GUIDES

The goal is to provide as many non-medical grade face masks for personal use to the community as quickly as possible without compromising the safety of the wearers. There are so many who have stepped up to make masks both for the medical community and for citizens. Millions of masks must be provided to ensure there are MASKS FOR ALL.

We have provided resource guides with information and instructions for each of the ways congregations can participate in MASKS OF ALLSelect one of the guides to access the information.

 

Supply Donation Guide

Below is a list of the primary supplies and materials needed for the CDC recommended methods of producing personal use face masks.

Materials & Supplies

  • Straight pins

  • Rubber bands (3” x 1/8”)

  • One-gallon zipper bags (for packaging masks)

  • Avery 5160 Adhesive Labels (for marking bags)

  • Elastic* 1/8” or 1/4" (two 6” pieces or 1’ per mask)

  • Sewing thread

  • Black sharpie marking pens

  • Scissors

  • Ruler or measuring tape

  • Masks, hand sanitizer & gloves (for volunteers)

  • Fabric (36” x 36” will make ten sewn masks or 1.5 DIY masks. Test data shows that the best choices for DIY masks are 100% cotton t-shirts, pillowcases, or other cotton materials.

*If elastic is not readily available when making the sewn mask, various materials can be substituted such as shoelaces that can be tied in the back to secure the mask in place when worn.

 

Mask Production Guide

Face Mask Types

There are two types of CDC recommended face masks for personal use that are being produced for MASKS FOR ALL. The CDC refers to them as the "Sewn Cloth Face Covering", which requires sewing, and the "Bandana Face Covering", which is a DIY version that does not require sewing. Please note that we are not requesting production of the CDC's the "Quick Cut T-shirt Face Covering" to help us best manage supplies and materials.

DIY METHOD

"Bandana Face Covering"

SEWN METHOD

"Sewn Cloth Face Covering"

CDC Mask Assembly Instructions

Sewn & DIY Method

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DIY Method: Video Tutorial

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Materials & Supplies

  • Straight pins

  • Rubber bands (3” x 1/8”)

  • One-gallon zipper bags for packaging masks

  • Elastic 1/8” or 1/4"* (two 6” pieces or 1’ per mask)

  • Sewing thread

  • Black sharpie marking pens

  • Scissors

  • Ruler or measuring tape

  • Masks, hand sanitizer & gloves (for volunteers)

  • Fabric (tightly woven, quilting fabric or cotton. 36” x 36” will make ten sewn masks or 1.5 DIY masks)

 

*If elastic is not readily available when making the sewn mask, various materials can be substituted such as shoelaces that can be tied in the back to secure the mask in place when worn.

Preparing for Production

  • Set up an area to cut material

  • Provide masks and gloves for all volunteers for safety.

  • Designate someone to ensure proper measurements are followed.

  • Ensure the materials are cut and assembled properly.

  • Ensure the masks are packaged and marked properly.

Organizing Production

The most efficient way to make the masks is by dividing the process into two parts; mask assembly and mask sewing. There are two groups of volunteer workers – the assemblers and the sewists. Assemblers cut the material, pin the pieces together in preparation for sewing and do final assembly after the masks are sewn (for the Sewn Mask option). 

Storing supplies: Supplies should be stored in a central location. Supplies needed by the those sewing the masks should be delivered to the locations as required. The sewists should know who to call when they need supplies. Ideally the materials will be at the same location as the assemblers.

Production Process

    CDC Assembly Instructions (Sewn & DIY): 

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                 Sewn Method

Preparation: The preparation and final assembly can be done at your place of worship or some other secure facility. You should maintain social distancing and ensure that everyone has a face mask and gloves. If gloves are not available then they should use hand sanitizer often. Volunteers should follow the CDC assembly instructions on cutting the cloth into 10" x 6" pieces and pinning two pieces together it in preparation for sewing. The pre-sewn masks should be placed in a Ziplock bag and the bag marked with the quantity of masks, the last name of the person that prepared them, and the congregation name.

Setting Up a Mask Kit Production Line

Sewing: Typically, the sewing will take place, off site, in individual homes. Preparation for sewing is labor intensive and slows the sewist from sewing masks if he or she must both cut and sew. The sewist should know who to call when they need more mask sets or sewing materials such as thread, needles, or machine oil. Encourage the sewists to use hand sanitizer and masks as well. The CDC assembly instructions should be followed for sewing the masks. After sewing is complete, the sewn masks should be returned to the Ziplock bag they came in and the sewists should write their last name under the name of the person that prepared the pre-sewn masks. The sewn masks are returned to the facility for final assembly.

Final Assembly: When the sewn masks are returned, the elastic bands can be inserted in the masks as the last step. A final check should be made to ensure the masks are properly assembled and then the person verifying the masks are correct places a check mark on the bag indicating the masks are ready for issue.

 

Laundering: It is recommended that all masks be laundered after production is complete prior to being distributed.

                    DIY Method

 

The DIY Method is simpler and sewing machines are not required, but it also uses three times the fabric and the pieces are not fastened. The mask wearer must know how to refold masks. 

 

Cutting the Fabric: Cut the fabric into 20 in by 20 in squares.

 

Final Assembly: Fold the masks, add the rubber bands, and place the completed masks in a Ziplock bag. Mark the number of masks in the bag along with the name of the congregation.

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