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  1. Please carefully read the safety requirements before proceeding

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  2. Cut ONE piece of fabric at 10.5 inches by 7.5 inches and then TWO smaller pieces at 7.5 inches by 5.5 inches.
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  3. Take the smaller pieces, turn them facedown and fold the bottom up approximately 3/4 inch.
    Stitch that.
    Do the same for the other smaller piece.
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  4. Take the larger piece, lay it face up, and place one of the smaller pieces centered on the main piece along the top.
    The smaller piece should be facedown.
    The sewn (hem) part should be toward the middle of the larger fabric.
    Do this for both smaller pieces (one at top and one at bottom).
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  5. After sewing both the smaller pieces to the larger piece.
    Turn the smaller pieces out, so that they are extended out from the larger piece, and iron them flat.
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  6. Flip the larger piece facedown and then fold the smaller pieces back on top, so they are facing down toward the middle of the larger piece again.
    Iron flat.
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  7. Holding it all together, flip it back over again so that the smaller pieces are under the larger piece and then you will accordion it two times to make the “folds” in the fabric.
    Each time making sure to get both the top and bottom pieces.
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  8. Pin each fold as you go and then sew the edges approximately 1 inch from the end.
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  9. Cut 1/4 inch elastic approximately 10 inches long. Secure the ends together overlapping approximately 1 inch to make a circle with the elastic.
    Fold each end of the mask cover over approximately 1 inch from the end (about where you have previously stitched).
    Place one elastic circle, or an XL elastic hair tie (if using hair tie, it needs to measure 5" across when folded in half), in the folded piece of the end, and then fold under just a little of the end to make a hem.
    Sew this down.
    It should be approximately 3/4 of an inch from the end of the fabric.
    Do this for both ends.
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I HAVE AN IDEA OF HOW MANY MASKS I AM GOING TO MAKE, OR HAVE COMPLETED MAKING THEM….HOW CAN I GET THE COMPLETED MASKS TO HEALTHCARE WORKERS IN AUSTIN?

  1. Volunteers Log your Make-A-Mask Contribution

    The reason it is important to log your masks is it will allow us to start the planning process as to where to allocate them.

    IF POSSIBLE: PLEASE SEND A FEW GALLON SIZE ZIPLOCK BAGS WITH THE MASKS AS WE ARE TRYING TO PACKAGE THESE IN SETS OF 20 TO DISPERSE OUT.

    ALSO, INCLUDE A NOTE IF THEY HAVE BEEN LAUNDERED “AFTER” THE SEWING PROCESS SO WE CAN EXPEDITE GETTING THEM OUT.

    measuring tape Log Your Contribution
    If you receive an error above try: https://forms.gle/CrjJDwR6KbVhyLHC9
  2. Choose a shipping location:

    We now have a second location that is SHIP TO ONLY. I do not want people dropping off at one of my clinics because we are actively seeing both healthy and walk-in "sick" patients that go through a strict screening process.

    SHIP TO or PORCH DROP OFF:

    Jennifer Reyes
    163 Open Sky Road
    Austin, TX 78737

    SHIP TO ONLY:

    Victory Medical
    c/o Jennifer Reyes - MASKS
    4303 Victory Drive
    Austin, Texas 78704

    We are creating teams to disperse the masks to clinics in the surrounding areas. I routinely network with other Directors and Practice Administrators in the Austin area and have direct contacts to share the masks with.

Drop off locations:

Honey Bee Quilt Store
9308 Anderson Mill Rd. Suite 300
Austin, TX 78729

M-Sa 10AM-3PM
Su Closed
All DROPS here by 3pm, please. Collection bin right outside the door. Fyi: Honey Bee is open for online/phone orders and curbside pick-up. Thank you, Honey Bee! ;-)
Sew Much More
3010 W. Anderson Lane
Austin, TX 78750

Website: www.sewaustin.com
Store closed, but open for curbside and phone orders M-F 10-4 pm
Store phone number. Is 512 452-3166
Contact is Amanda
Tomlinson's Feed
4211 S Lamar Blvd Ste A23, Austin, TX 78704

They open at 10am every day. ALL DROPS by 3pm, please. Collection bin right outside the door. Tomlinson's is open and wants to remain mindful about the traffic in their store, so please be respectful of their generosity.
Mask Cover DROP - Personal Residence
163 Open Sky Rd.
Austin, TX 78737

ALL DROPS here by 9pm, please. Please be mindful that this is a private residence. These will be safe / no contact porch drops. Thank you!

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT SAFTEY MEASURES SHOULD I TAKE

We are glad you asked. Please carefully read the safety requirements before proceeding

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WHERE ARE THE MASKS BEING DISTRIBUTED?

Make-A-Mask was started in Austin, Texas by Jennifer Reyes, the Director of Clinical Operations for the Victory Medical Urgent Care and Family Practice clinics. She reached out online with a desperate plea for help in sewing masks for her employees who desperately need Personal Protective Equipment. Through the power of social media and a viral facebook page, thousands across the USA have joined forces to drop off and/or ship sewn masks to the Austin area to help healthcare workers.

I’VE HEARD THAT FABRIC MASKS WON’T WORK OR HARBOR GERMS. HOW WILL THIS HELP MEDICAL STAFF?

Jennifer is a Director of Clinical Operations for family practice and urgent care clinics in the Austin area . She personally struggles with having supplies for her own staff. It is advised that medical staff NEVER wear these as primary masks, except as a last resort. We will share with clinics how to utilize the masks correctly, which is to wear the sewn mask OVER the surgical or N95 mask, like a cover. Then, switch out the sewn mask in between each patient. This will prolong the life of medical masks for a much longer period of time. Then, with the sewn masks, we can soak...launder... and repeat. That’s why we need mass quantities of sewn masks. Lots of patients = Lots of masks. We are working in unexplored territory at this time, and some protection is better than NO protection. These clinics WILL RUN OUT of all standard issued PPE soon.

WHAT IS THE BEST TYPE OF MATERIAL TO MAKE THE MASK OUT OF?

We encourage you to use 100% cotton to make the masks. The medical staff will be wearing 2 masks (as stated above), so we want to make sure it’s still comfortable and breathable. Some #MakeAMaskSewers have gotten creative with cotton, flannel, cloth diapers, T-shirts, pillowcases, etc. Be conscious about any additional “elements” you add to the masks. There are lots of patterns out there. The masks will need to be easily washed. We’ve heard about pipe cleaners being used to mold the bridge of the nose, and while genius, this would make it difficult for laundering over and over.

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I HAVE SEEN LOTS OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF MASKS...HOW DO I KNOW WHICH ONE TO MAKE ... BIGGER or SMALLER?

The bigger sewn masks that you have seen are meant to go over the N95 masks. The smaller sewn masks are meant to go over the surgical masks. To be honest, we need BOTH. Unfortunately, most of the clinics don’t normally stock large quantities of the N95 masks, so when it was time to quick-order some, there were none to be found. Therefore, most clinics are wearing surgical masks at this point. Bigger hospitals, when available, will be wearing more of the N95 masks. The government has made promises that more N95 masks are coming - SOMETIME. Our priority now is to supply the clinics, especially urgent care facilities, as that is where a majority of the walk-in patients will go for screening and testing.

WHAT IF I HAVE FABRIC AND OTHER SUPPLIES BUT I’M NOT ABLE TO SEW?

At this time, because of the HUGE response from the #MakeAMaskSewers we are not accepting materials that have not been completed into masks. You are welcome to post your supplies on the Make-A-Mask facebook page to see if you can network with someone that needs supplies to sew.

WHAT DOES MAKE-A-MASK NEED OUTSIDE OF SEWN MASKS? (check back often)

  • We are looking for a company in Austin to do industrial washing of the masks and help coordinate the pick up of dirty masks and the drop off of clean masks.
  • We are also looking to tap into the Austin media market. Bloggers, radio, news stations, print etc. If you have any connections within that industry, please contact us through FB messenger or email at makeamaskforhealthcare@gmail.com

I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE YOUR INFORMATION WITH MY FRIENDS, FAMILY, AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS, HOW DO I DO THAT?

  • Notify the media of our efforts: LOCAL AUSTIN MEDIA CONTACTS
  • Share the page: Pinned to the top of the Make-A-Mask page is a quick overview of what this group is all about
  • Click the share button. From there, invite your friends to like: Click on the INVITE button and send to all your Facebook friends
  • Use the hashtag #MakeAMaskSewers and tag yourself anytime you’re referencing Make-A-Mask
    Type @Make-A-Mask to create a blue hyperlink that others can click on to get to our page easily.
  • Make sure everyone visits the FAQ page by sharing this link: makeamaskaustin.org