Sewing: DIY Face Masks

“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” — Mister Rogers


PDF Instructions from Allina Health, or PDF Instructions for the Olson Mask, or two video options below


Sewing Machine


1/8″ – 1/4″ Elastic



1 I read, watched and tried many tutorials. I believe the Olson Mask is the best protection in PPE isn’t available. The PDF from Allina Health, the Olson Mask, the non-filter mask video is from Deaconess Hospital and the filtered mask is from North Memorial Health area all medical-based sources.

2 Give yourself some patience and know you will likely goof up the first one, I sure did! But, once I got going and understood the steps, they became easier and easier.

3 There are sizes for children and adult. Contact your local hospital or clinic to find out if they are accepting masks and their drop-off protocol.

4 The use of homemade masks per CDC Guidelines:
In settings where medical facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf, etc) for care of patients with as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face.