Fabric Face Masks for COVID-19

Calling all sewists!

Here’s what you can do to help out with COVID-19 efforts. Deaconess has put together a fabric face mask video tutorial. While they are not as protective as N95 face masks, they are acceptable when N95 masks are not available, according to the CDC. Plus, they’re reusable, unlike the paper surgical masks.

These fabric masks are easy to sew and can be made with common materials. We’ve been getting a lot of questions about what materials can be used to create these masks so we’re providing links to fabrics and supplies below.

Materials for fabric face masks


You can use cord elastic or 1/8″ or 1/4″ flat elastic. Here are the most popular elastics people are using:

Cotton Fabric

A tightly woven cotton fabric is best, like broadcloth and cotton prints.

Flannel can be used for the lining or simply use two pieces of the main fabric.

You can also use a non-woven interfacing on the back of the cotton fabric as an extra layer of protection.


Don’t forget the all-purpose thread!

If you’re looking to make protective face shields, try a thick clear vinyl, like 30 gauge clear vinyl or 40 gauge clear vinyl.

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