We are welcoming fabric masks from our community as we prepare for COVID-19.
Thank you so much for your interest and care.
Orders for standard/disposable masks are on back-orders, due to both demand and supply chain issues. Other hospitals across the country are reporting the same supply concerns.
According to the CDC, fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted.
Details about making/delivering fabric masks for our staff
- The pattern is courtesy of The Turban Project
- Use tightly-woven cotton fabric on both sides.
- Please remember that both women and men in a variety of roles may wear these masks.
- When your masks are complete, email us at UHSFoundation@nyuhs.org to arrange for delivery. We also have drop off locations at:
DVH: DVH Community Pharmacy, 1 Titus Place, Walton from 8 AM - 8 PM M- F Saturday and Sunday 8 AM- Noon
CMH: UHS Occupational Medicine, 54 E. Main Street, Norwich from 1 PM - 4 PM M-F
Wilson and BGH: Vestal Orthopedics Building, Vestal Parkway, M-F 9 AM - 5 PM, Saturday 8 AM - 11 AM
- Collected masks will be immediately sent to laundry/processing to be prepared for use.
- Any surplus masks will be distributed to other organizations in need.
What you will need:
- Cotton fabric, a pretty print is best.
- Rope Elastic, beading cord elastic will work (you may also us 1/8” flat elastic)
- Cut the elastic 7” long and tie a knot at each end (DO NOT knot the ends of the flat)
You can make two sizes: Adult or Child
- Put right sides of cotton fabric together
- Cut 9x6 (Adult) or 7.5 x 5 (Child)
- 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.
- 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.
- Now sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Again put an elastic with the edge out.
- Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.
- Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5” to 2” open. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.
- Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction
- Sew around the edge of the mask twice.
It is so easy to make this.
Be sure any fabric design is placed horizontally.