Sewing Masks for Donations
One way to supplement our ever-changing inventory of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is to join the national movement of volunteers who have started to sew masks. This generous outpouring is in response to the Center for Disease Control's guidance that fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted.
Below is our general guidance for those who wish to participate and help by sewing masks for donation.
Thank you for donating your time and talent to help Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health. We appreciate your generosity.
Important infection prevention
Before starting this project, please ask yourself the following questions:
- Have you been in contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
- Do you have fever, cough or shortness of breath?
If you are able to answer "NO" to both questions, then proceed with making masks.
If you answer "YES" to either or both questions, please do not make masks. If you are experiencing cough, fever, or shortness of breath and have a concern that you may have COVID-19 please call your primary care provider for a risk assessment.
Instructions for making masks
- 100% unused cotton fabric (front) – no metallic fabrics
- 100% cotton or cotton flannel (back)
- 1/8", 1/4", or 3/8” flat elastic, or 1/4” inch bias-tape
For specific dimensions refer to the written instructions (PDF).
- Video instructions: Instructional video from Deaconess Health System.
- Written instructions: How to Make a Facemask (PDF)
- Related questions: see our Fabric Mask Making Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page on D-H's Facebook page.
If you cannot find elastics, follow these instructions to make fabric ties
If flat elastic is not available, fabric ties can be sewn on the mask, one tie on each of the four mask corners. Ties should be approximately 1/4” width, sewn so there are no frayed edges, and approximately 15” for each corner.
Dropping off masks
Fabric masks should be dropped off in re-sealable plastic bags.
Donations will be accepted:
- Monday through Friday: 7:00 am to 3:30 pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 am to 2:30 pm
Physical locations to drop off your fabric mask donations
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Service Center
50 LaBombard Road North
253 Pleasant Street
100 Hitchcock Way
2300 Southwood Drive
Cheshire Medical Center
580 Court St.
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9:00 to 10:00 am and 1:00 to 2:00 pm
Please attach name and address of donor.
Mailing your mask donations
Please mail your masks via USPS, UPS, and FedEx to:
50 LaBombard Road North
Lebanon, NH 03766
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