COVID-19 UPDATES: Read the Latest Coronavirus News and Information

Face Coverings

Thank you for your interest in sewing fabric face covering for our healthcare personnel caring for patients. Our supply of manufactured face masks are at critical low levels throughout the nation and locally.

Your time and talent can greatly impact our ability to care for our community members and help ensure our safety as we do. Fabric masks offer the benefit of being able to be washed and re-used. Still a large supply is needed, as each healthcare worker will need to change their mask several times during their shifts, as the mask becomes soiled or damp – for maximum protection.

Important Info

We aren’t worried about looking stylish, but are concerned about functionality. Non-matching fabrics, thread, binding strips are fine, but a well sewn mask with no frayed edges or missed seams or “holes” is important.

In order to make sure the masks are safe and as effective as possible, we ask that you consider the following points.

  • It is most helpful to use a standard pattern to ensure proper fit and function.
  • Please use one of the following patterns (videos as well). They are most similar to our current products.

Instructions: Tutorials and Patterns

1. Watch YouTube video tutorial: youtu.be/tDt02kUpP9Q

Face Mask diagram

2. Please use this face covring pattern (attached)

3. You can refer to this written tutorial to support the video tutorial you just watched: EASY-TO-FOLLOW WRITTEN TUTORIAL (ATTACHED)

4. Pre-wash 100% cotton fabric in HOT water to avoid shrinkage. Only use 100% cotton fabric. (Please no sports themed print or inappropriate print)

5. Do not insert inner lining yourselves. Sierra View Medical Center will take care of this step once the masks arrive.

Notes on materials:

  • Elastic can be flat 1/4" to 3/8” or 1/16” to 1/8” round cord.
  • If elastic is not available, fabric ties can be sewn on the mask. Please cut 4 ties measuring 18" in length each (one tie on each of the 4 corners). You may use ready-made bias tape. Ties should be approx. 1/4" in width, sewn in such a way that there are no frayed edges and long enough to be tied into a bow on the top of the head (for the top corner and behind the head for the bottom corner).
  • Please only use pipe cleaners or twist ties for nose area. No paperclips, please.

Completed Masks

  • Please enclose completed masks in a closed plastic zip lock bag or plastic box.
  • Please contact Sarah Brown at at 559-791-3701.

We will make arrangements for you to drive up to the front of the hospital and someone will come and get the completed masks so that you do not have to enter the hospital.

Thank you very much for showing so much love and care to our hospital's inpatient and outpatient teams!