Information on Sewing Face Masks for Sentara Hospital
We are letting local Williamsburg area sewers know which hospitals and area healthcare workers would like home sewn face masks during the coronavirus outbreak. If you are a maker, sewer or generally crafty/handy person there is a lot you can do for others during this time. This post focuses on Sentara Hospital and the below information was sent to us from Ken Tifft at Sentara Hospital in Williasmburg.
From Sentara Hospital
We are very grateful for these requests and are accepting reusable adult face masks but need them to meet the following criteria:
• The following patterns are recommended: Craft Passion: Face Mask
Sewing Pattern or The Stitching Scientist
• Recommended fabric for the outer portion of the mask includes heavier,
non-stretch fabric such as denim, duck cloth, canvas, twill, or other tight
• Recommended fabric for the inner lining can be either cotton or cotton-
blend non-stretch fabric.
• It is important to have two layers for protection needed in a healthcare
• Must be laundered in HOT water prior to sewing to prevent future
• Polyester or other less breathable fabric will not work as well, due to
moisture produced when breathing.
• If using denim or other fabric that is being “recycled”, please be sure it is
clean and in good shape. Worn or dirty fabric will not be protective.
• Elastic should be in good shape, with plenty of stretch and of an
appropriate size to fit over the ears. 1/16 inch round cord or 1/8 inch
braided work best.
• If elastic is not available, fabric ties can be sewn on the mask. There will
need to be 4 ties (one tie on each of the 4 corners). Ties should be approx.
1⁄4 inch 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
corners and behind the head for the bottom corners.
Please have them contact Ken Tifft, Director Support Services, at (757) 984-7856 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Drop off can be made at 100 Sentara Circle to the reception desk to the
attention of Ken Tifft. Please be sure to leave your contact information so
we can thank you appropriately. Thank you for supporting us during this
So this is the listing for making masks for Sentara Hospital but if you are planning on making them other hospitals visit our posts on Masks (and supplies needed) for Behavior Health, Masks for Bon Secours and Masks for Riverside.
Also if you are on the fence about wearing a mask – Read Jackie Greenizan’s interview about what it was like in Shanghai where she is living through this pandemic. Or read our latest article about the benefits of face masks.