Fabric Mask v1


  • Washable for reuse
  • 2-ply
  • 7” elastic ear loops
  • Comfortable and breathable
  • Adult size

Volunteer Efforts have Concluded as of Early June 2020

The Cover Aid PHL Fabric Mask v1.0 is a standard design that is widely accepted. Our approach for v1.0 is to facilitate the fastest response to the greatest need with the simplest solution. As end user requirements change in response to the demands of the healthcare industry we are committed to modifying and evolving the mask design and that of other PPE products to continue to meet the needs of healthcare workers, their patients and our community.

Patterns and Instructions

Praise for the CoverAid PHL Fabric Mask

Susan Pergallini, Bancroft

“These donated masks are the definition of life-saving and life-changing! With them, Bancroft staff are able to continue to perform their vital job responsibilities of caring for and empowering children and adults living with disabilities to realize their best life.”

Julia Menzo, Liberty Lutheran

“The fabric masks from the CoverAidPHL network help protect the staff and older adults we serve – every delivery lifts our hearts! The masks are a visible sign that our neighbors are taking the time to offer support for our Liberty family of healthcare workers and residents. Thank you so much CoverAidPHL Team.”

Frances Lee, MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

“As we work to conserve our supply of N95 and surgical masks for our patients, Operating Room and Critical Care teams, the need for fabric masks for the remainder of us has become great. The amazing volunteers you have rallied through CoverAid PHL are true champions…We cannot thank you all enough. God bless you and please stay safe!!”

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What fabrics are acceptable?
    1. See Fabric Mask v1 Pattern and Instructions document
  2. I want to sew masks but I don’t have any material.  How can I get some?
    1. We are soliciting donations of material and hope to be able to distribute these volunteers without material to work with.
  3. Can I use T-shirts or bed sheets? 
    1. Yes but pre-wash in hot water and dry in a high temperature before cutting.
  4. I don’t have any jersey for the lining.  Can I use a woven fabric for the liner?
    1. Yes!  Any washable soft woven fabric will do.  100% cotton would be best. Using a different color or pattern for the liner is helpful.  The wearer will be able to identify the difference between the inside and outside of the mask.
  5.  I don’t have any elastic.  What can I substitute?
    1. You can substitute fabric ties. The ties should be 18” on each side of the upper edges of the mask and 12” on each side of the lower edges of the mask to tie behind the neck.  
    2. You can use anything that is easily tied together:
      1. ¼”  Twill Tape
      2. ¼” Bias Tape
      3. ¼” Hem Tape
      4. Fabric strips – raw edges must be fully enclosed.
  6. I don’t have any metal for the nose piece – what can I use?
    1. Any soft, pliable metal will work.  
      1. Floral Wire
      2. Pipe Cleaners
      3. Paper Clips
      4. Twist Ties
      5. Metal Zip Ties
Capabilities / Equipment
  1. What kind of sewing machine do I need?  
    1. You can make these with a simple straight stitch machine.
  2. What other equipment do I need? 
    1. Cutting surface
    2. Iron
    3. Washer / Dryer for preshrinking fabric
    4. Printer for printing patterns

  • What settings should I use for the pre wash?
  1. Wash on Hot
  2. Dry on High
Logistics / Delivery

  • How do I pack my masks?
  • When you have at least 20 masks completed please pack them in a clean plastic bag. You can use a ziploc bag or shopping bags
  • How do I schedule a pick up?
  • When you have 12 or more masks, please fill out this form:
  • Once we receive your form submission, we will contact you to arrange pick up.
  • Where are my masks going?  
  • Your mask will be going to one of the following locations:
        1. MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper
        2. Bancroft
        3. Bayada
        4. Liberty Lutheran
        5. Temple Health
    1. Who will be using my masks?
      1. Home Health Aids
      2. Non-clinical settings in hospitals
      3. Administration
      4. Food Servers
      5. Janitorial
      6. Other needs identified by healthcare organizations

  • Why are we making these masks?
  • Our masks help reserve the limited supply of commercially produced and certified technical masks and respirators for medical personnel performing high risk tasks.



General Questions

  • Someone in my house has been ill in the last 14 days.  Should I still work on masks?


      1. No.  Thank you so much for asking, but please do not participate in this activity.

  • Can I be paid for the masks I produce?


    1.  At this time, we cannot offer compensation, but would welcome your volunteer efforts.  


Mask Design and Technical References
  1. P. RobertsonPaddy, “What Are The Best Materials for Making DIY Masks?,” Smart Air Filters, 24-Mar-2020. [Online]. Available: https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/best-materials-make-diy-face-mask-virus/?rel=1. [Accessed: 26-Mar-2020]
  2. T. TalhelmThomas and University of Chicago Booth School of Business, “N95 Masks vs. Surgical Masks: Which Is Better at Preventing The Coronavirus?,” Smart Air Filters, 15-Mar-2020. [Online]. Available: https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/n95-mask-surgical-prevent-transmission-coronavirus/?rel=1. [Accessed: 26-Mar-2020]
  3. P. RobertsonPaddy, “Can Masks Protect People from The Coronavirus?,” Smart Air Filters, 21-Mar-2020. [Online]. Available: https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/coronavirus-pollution-masks-n95-surgical-mask/. [Accessed: 26-Mar-2020]
  4. P. RobertsonPaddy, “Can DIY Masks Protect Us from Coronavirus?,” Smart Air Filters, 21-Mar-2020. [Online]. Available: https://smartairfilters.com/en/blog/diy-homemade-mask-protect-virus-coronavirus/. [Accessed: 26-Mar-2020]
  5. “Open Source COVID19 Medical Supplies,” Open Source COVID19 Medical Supplies Public Group. [Online]. Available: https://www.facebook.com/groups/opensourcecovid19medicalsupplies/. [Accessed: 26-Mar-2020]
  6. “OSCMS – Face Masks,” Google Docs. [Online]. Available: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1TKkGWLQcFaQYyN9NIyd8gkdkgCkhHmWns3ZEcIbOJsQ/preview. [Accessed: 26-Mar-2020]
  7. E. Feng and A. Cheng, “COVID-19 Has Caused A Shortage Of Face Masks. But They’re Surprisingly Hard To Make,” NPR, 16-Mar-2020. [Online]. Available: https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/03/16/814929294/covid-19-has-caused-a-shortage-of-face-masks-but-theyre-surprisingly-hard-to-mak.[Accessed: 26-Mar-2020]
  8. “Strategies for Optimizing the Supply of Facemasks: COVID-19,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 17-Mar-2020. [Online]. Available: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/ppe-strategy/face-masks.html.[Accessed: 26-Mar-2020]
  9. Radonovich LJ, Simberkoff MS, Bessesen MT, et al. N95 Respirators vs Medical Masks for Preventing Influenza Among Health Care Personnel: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2019;322(9):824–833. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.11645: [Online]. Available: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2749214 [Accessed: 26-Mar-2020]

Questions about the Fabric Mask v1?