Fighting Coronavirus Together - Ways You Can Help

 

How to Donate Hand-Sewn Face Masks, Hand Sanitizer and Other Supplies

Cookeville Regional Medical Center has received several generous offers from individuals, groups and businesses from the community to help assist in our preparedness efforts by sewing cloth masks. The global supply for personal protective equipment (PPE) continues to be uncertain and we are thankful to our community who is willing to meet the ongoing health care needs to help protect our employees and patients from COVID-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  recommends that everyone wear a face mask in public settings, preferably a cloth mask so as to reserve other medical grade masks for healthcare professionals. At CRMC we are requiring that everyone entering our facility wear a fask mask. If they don't have one to wear from home, we are providing them with one and are in need of the community's help with donations of cloth face masks. We are grateful for all donations thus far, and we thank everyone who has donated.

If you would like to donate cloth masks, hand sanitizer or other items to Cookeville Regional Medical Center, please email kbailey@crmchealth.org or call 931-783-2740. Please call to make an appointment for drop off and we will meet you outside the North Tower Main Entrance, 1 Medical Center Blvd. Cookeville, TN 38501. We have also placed donations bins outside of the medical center's main entrance at the North Tower as well as the East Entrance for your convenience.

Below is a recommended sewing pattern, both elastic and non-elastic versions, along with suggested cloth materials.

We greatly appreciate our community coming together, once again, during this uncertain time.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOMEMADE FACE MASK (WITH ELASTIC)

Materials needed (with elastic)

  • 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. 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).

You can make two sizes: adult or child (adult is our greatest need)

1. Put right sides of cotton fabric together (Be sure any fabric design is placed horizontally

 a. 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 NEEDED)

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.

You can make two sizes: adult or child (adult is our greatest need)

1. Place right sides of cotton fabric together (Be sure any fabric design is placed horizontally.)

    a. 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.

         a. Bias tape: stitch closed.

         b. 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.