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 are a part of that effort. With the time sensitivity in mind, our initial recommendation is to make simple masks. The simpler the faster.  Simple and safe. Please consult the CDC guidelines for the current recommendations on the number of people that can safely gather and social distancing best practices.

We have provided resource guides with information and instructions for each of the ways congregations can participate in MASKS OF ALL

Select 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. To donate supplies and materials, register using the response form and you will be contacted to coordinate your donations.

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.


"Bandana Face Covering"


"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 sent to a drop-off site or distribution site.

                    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.

Delivering Masks & Supplies

To ensure the production process is uninterrupted, someone should be designated to monitor supplies on hand. You should have supplies sufficient for at least one week’s production. Additional supplies should be purchased during the week to avoid interruption.


You will need several volunteers to deliver pre-sewn masks and supplies to the sewists and to return the sewn masks for final assembly and distribution. Consider providing the volunteer deliverers with a $20 gas card.     


Distributing Masks

Each congregation must decide when and where the masks will be distributed. This may be at your facility, home delivery for those who cannot travel, or at a designated drop-off location.  


Mask Drop-off Guide

Why Drop Off?

Not every congregation has the resources to act as a distribution site, even for its own community. In that event, the congregation will be connected with one that is acting as a distribution point for a wide area.


Designated Drop-off Locations

Your local coalition will coordinate with congregational leaders to establish drop-off sites throughout the coalition’s area of operations. This may be one or several congregational facilities. These facilities should have secure storage to store masks until they are ready to be distributed to the communities.  


The congregation(s) acting as a Drop-Off Site will coordinate with supplying congregations to schedule the dates and times when masks will be dropped off. The coalition director is responsible for connecting supplying congregations with the Drop-Off Site.


The masks will either be distributed by the congregation hosting the Drop-Off Site or will transfer the masks to a congregation that will function as a Distribution Site only.


Mask Distribution Guide

Mask Distribution Events

A distribution event is an ad-hoc team of volunteers designated by a congregation or coalition director to distribute masks, typically in conjunction with another activity – such as food distribution. It is referred to as an "event" because masks are not distributed on a weekly basis. The distribution event will normally be coordinated with another organization, working in tandem. In the case of food distribution, the distribution event is active only so long as the food is being distributed. The team will be responsible for coordinating with the partner organization, ensuring that the masks and support equipment are on site and operational. The lead congregation or coalition director is responsible for coordinating logistics and scheduling with any partner organizations.

Mask Distribution Sites

Some congregations will agree distribute masks on an ongoing basis, usually weekly. They may represent one congregation or more than one congregation. They may distribute masks in their local area or distribute masks to an expanded area.

Not a New Challenge

The activities associated with distributing masks are no different than food distribution, home care, or other acts of benevolence by your congregation in your community.


We suggest that you ensure two Avery 5160 adhesive labels are affixed on each plastic bag that contains masks. Include information about your congregation. DOWNLOAD LABEL TEMPLATE (.DOCX)

Label Verbiage

Label 1The CDC advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. THIS IS NOT AN N95 MASK


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