Resource page: We all need masks! Home making of COVID-19 PPE | Facemasks: Calling sewers and seamsters!

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A resource page for links to projects and templates for making and supplying masks to medics, workers, the public, and ourselves

If you have any doubts about the phenomenal life saving potential of mask wearing head over to this resource page (or watch this)

we’re collating everything that looks reasonable here, please do more research and share below the thread, links will be assimilated here, and comments may be removed to keep this as a readable resource. If you have time then please check out the links and summarise the useful info

We’ll focus on DiY making of masks here (face shields is here)

Links members have shared (please explore and report back)

Review of filter materials for DIY masks

Patterns and guides and distribution:

The Goodlife Centre tutorial

And excellent evidence-based mask that involves a little sewing

Make Face Masks - Belgian Health service approved design - though is light on filter material specs

CDC – USA Centre for Disease Control guide

A US based, but international effort (includes face shields, I believe)

Various links thanks to @StudioNelle
YouTube guideConcerned this design encourages you to touch the inside of the mask, which is a no no. How is it in real life? - Dermot

3d reusable mask template ALL (1).pdf 3d template tutorial: (12.0 KB)

duck style mask tutorial :
duck style paper template:

Five no sew emergency face masks

From @mikekelly

Here is a mask-making tutorial they link to in the meticulously researched YouTube video:

DIY Covid-19 Fabric Mask (with Filter Pocket) Sewing Tutorial

As a filtering material, hoover dust bag is good, but two layers of t-shirt is also quite good, and more breathable.

In the video, a biochemist is quoted as recommending putting masks into an oven at 70 degrees C / 160 F for 30 - 60 minutes to disinfect them for reuse.

Calls for sewists to volunteer

There will be hige demand for masks in the next few days! and we’ll get some ‘approved’ designs from groups already working with hospitals

For the love of scrubs


The Czech story

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People have been making their own masks, they are recommending to sew them with a pocket to insert some sort of filter, generally people use a tissue which is being exchanged regurarily thoughout the day, the whole mask needs to be desifected/boiled down when you get home.

My mom has made them for the whole family, just today she said she’ll send me one. I bought one in Feb, honestly, she’s using her sewing machine and random fabric from what I’ve seen.

Seems like there’s a big DIY wave in the country, Universities (CVUT) are producing some PPE equipment using 3D printers etc, bussinesses offering help

… and also there are some communication kerfaffles like ‘CzR buying faulty PPE from China saying China is the only resource; czech businesses saying they have offered help to make PPE with no or negative response from the gov; creating business connections with China despite the EU donates millions to help out; eh, political stuff’

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Cotton doesn’t have a tight enough weave to prevent the tiny particles of the virus passing through.

I have made some mask using Henry hepa dust bags. I have created two styles, one using suede as a base and cutting the hepa bag to use as a refill mask I used this template:

I’m creating these for when I’m volunteering and anyone else that is volunteering in my area to stay protected.

I would also suggest covering hair and washing after leaving the home. As added step wash clothing and rotate coats and outerwear.

Alternatively I am also creating a clear visor/hood that can be disinfected after use.

Stay safe and stay indoors if you can.


Hi, how are you finding the HEPA to breathe through?

It’s not terrible. I remove the plastic lining. I have only worn it for up to 1 hr continuous by the end it started to get warm and harder to breath. Partially due to adding a metal nose grip for the bridge of the nose. After 15min or so breathing stays to create a suction. But still totally breathable.

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Hi, if you’ve got any physical guides/templates then please share

3d reusable mask template ALL (1).pdf 3d template tutorial: (12.0 KB)

duck style mask tutorial :
duck style paper template:

These guys are suggesting NWPP bags as a material. I can’t imagine being able to breathe through a supermarket ‘bag for life’

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There’s a strange metric around masks: the population of this country wouldn’t need a huge amount of proper quality masks to keep us safe for the occasional times they’re needed (going into shops, on buses, tubes etc and other places where you make be confined for a short while) with the research on reusing single use masks it might only be 10million or so masks. This sounds a lot, but when compared to the number of masks the NHS uses every day (with 1.5m staff, possibly using multiple masks), I wonder if it would have been a good investment in disease spread prevention (or still could be) to get everyone a proper mask which they take care of?

Boris could send us a mask instead of a letter

Probably cost the same…

This looks more like my level of sewing

Next question - what easily found-at-home materials should I be using?

I can’t.

I was really hoping Ikea bags would work for this!

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Sam reckons if I can drive a 3D printer I can work one of these.

I’m glad there’s a buttonhole fine adjusting screw. If there wasn’t a buttonhole fine adjusting screw I don’t know what I’d do!


You can also use and reuse ffp3 cloth masks if you have any around

There’s load of information about materials. The masks4all guys are science/evidence based,

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I just got a bollocking for cutting up a tea towel…


Marginally unrelated:

Can I use a normal HEPA filter?

I heard that masks need to be thrwon away after use, can’t we just sterilize them with UV?

The sterilisation people are coming to to disposable masks has mostly involved heating, either in an oven, or a microwave. Some proper research out there

UV doesn’t penetrate enough apparrently

I’ve just posted this fantastic youtube video in the arguments for masks page. Most of what you need to know is there including materials, sterilisation, social normalisation of mask wearing etc