Homemade Facemasks

Homemade Facemasks
Global supply for personal protective equipment (PPE) continues to be uncertain and we are actively taking steps to secure more supplies. 

Many individuals in our community have generously offered to sew cloth masks for local use. While the CDC does not suggest cloth material as a first-line defense against the coronavirus causing COVID-19, cloth masks work well for other conditions and can help conserve precious reserves. 

Hand-sewn cloth masks can be dropped off at Del Norte County Public Health, located at 400 L Street (Hwy 101 South) in Crescent City, between 8 am-5 pm on Monday-Friday. We recommend calling ahead to 707-464-0861 before you drop-off to ensure someone will be available to accept. 

We will keep an inventory of these masks and distribute them to the appropriate sites.

Your efforts will help make a difference! 


Instructions for Homemade Face Mask (Elastic):

Materials needed:

  • Tight-weave cotton fabric (i.e. quilting cotton)
    • Fabric must be newly purchased within approximately the past year and never used.
    • Wash and dry fabric without fragrance or dyes prior to sewing.
  • Rope Elastic, beading cord elastic will work (you may also use 1/8” flat elastic if ¼” is unavailable. Some have used wider flat elastic and cut it in half with some success).

One adult mask requires two (2) 9”x6” pieces tight-weave cotton and two 7” pieces of 1/4 inch elastic. (6" is generally a better fit for women.) Therefore, one yard of 44” wide fabric yields 12-15 masks. You need 7.5 yards of elastic for 25 masks (14 inches per mask).

Sewing instructions: 

  1. Put right sides of cotton fabric together (Be sure any fabric design is placed horizontally.)
    1. Cut 9x6 (Adult) or 7.5 x 5 (Child)
  2. Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner, stop. Sew the elastic with the edge out into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold this.
  3. Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner and sew a few stitches forward and back.
  4. Now sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Again, put an elastic with the edge out.
  5. Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.
  6. Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5” to 2” open. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.
  7. Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction
  8. Sew around the edge of the mask twice.


Instructions for Homemade Face Mask (No Elastic):

Materials needed:

  • Tight-weave cotton fabric (i.e. quilting cotton)
    • Fabric must be new.
    • Wash and dry fabric without fragrance or dyes prior to sewing.
  • Options for Ties
    • Bias Tape (either ½ or 7/8 as available)

OR 

  • Make ties from strips of fabric indicated above (cut strips 2 " wide by 16" long)

One adult mask requires two (2) 9”x6” pieces tight-weave cotton and four (4) 16” pieces of bias tape or fabric ties (64” total per mask). Therefore, one yard of 44” wide fabric yields 12-15 masks. You need 21 1/3 yards of bias tape for 12 masks.

Sewing instructions: 

  1. Place right sides of cotton fabric together (Be sure any fabric design is placed horizontally.)
    1. Cut 9x6 (Adult) or 7.5 x 5 (Child)
  2. Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew around the edges of the fabric leaving about 1.5” to 2” open.
  3. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.
  4. Pin three (3) ½” tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction.
  5. Make ties using Bias Tape or Fabric.
    1. Bias tape: stitch closed.
    2. Fabric: Fold in half, turn under 1/4 " on each long side, iron in place. Stitch long edges closed.
  6. Pin one (1) tie at each corner.
  7. Sew around the edge of the mask twice, catching the bias tape as you go.


Alternate Instructions for Homemade Face Mask:

Use the pattern provided by Deaconess and use the video below:

Note: Though there is a pattern that uses flannel in the interior, please use tightly woven cotton to complete the cloth masks. 







Public Health Branch

Del Norte County 
Department of Health & Human Services
Public Health Branch

400 L Street
Crescent City, CA 95531

Phone: (707) 464-0861
Fax: (707) 465-6701

Monday to Friday
8:00 am to 12:00 pm
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Location