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COVID-19 Face Mask Sewing


2-4 hours


At your kitchen table.


During the current COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.


Adult help may be necessary to assist with sewing and mailing.


The sudden increase in demand for personal protective equipment and the interrupted supply lines have led to a critical shortage of small particle filtering face masks and surgical masks. These masks are critical for healthcare workers as studies have shown that medical professionals using surgical face masks get 80% fewer infections than those who don’t.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has said in times of crisis, like the one we are in right now, as a last resort, a homemade mask is acceptable. We are at that stage now as hospitals setup sewing stations and nurses and doctors reach out on social media to ask everyday heroes to step forward to help make masks.


Help make masks for frontline healthcare workers protecting us all in this pandemic. Local and national hospitals and doctors need immediate help to address the shortage of N95-type masks during the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Across the country, including the Bay Area, medical workers are scrambling to treat thousands of patients who may be infected with COVID-19, and the current supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) is expected to last mere days.


  • Basic sewing supplies, including sewing machine
  • About 15 cm (6”) of a suitable fabric - including tightly woven cotton for the outside and tightly woven cotton or viscose/rayon for the inner lining - NOTE: JOANN Fabric Stores also
    have pre-cut mask fabric available for pick up. Some are supplying the material and the elastic (so call your local store
    to see if they have supplies)
  • App


Just some help from a parent with the sewing machine, as necessary


Follow the step-by-step instructions provided here to get started. Contact Becca Winslow at for any questions about where/how to donate masks locally.


Sound like fun?VIEW INSTRUCTIONS to get started.
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  1. Click here for a 1-page face mask pattern and instructions sheet.
  2. Collect needed supplies and follow instructions carefully in making your masks.
  3. Once made, prewash your masks before donating.
  4. Mail completed masks to My New Red Shoe offices (330 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 135, Redwood City, CA 94065) OR call/text Becca Winslow at (858) 699-4764 to arrange a porch drop-off or pick-up (if in the local area)
  5.  If you are not local on the Peninsula, click here for nationwide locations accepting mask donations. (Please check back as this list is being updated regularly.)
  6. Reach out to friends and family to see if they too can help.
  7. Share your efforts on social media. Use the hashtags: #MNRSMaskMakers #MillionMaskMayDay
  8. Feel good knowing you are helping in this time of crisis!
  9. Be sure to let us know that you found this activity through PGK!
  10. Kindly fill out this PGK impact form when you’ve completed the activity.
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