THANK YOU TO All the AMAZING VOLUNTEERS!
These efforts provided over 1,500 masks to the community!
Homemade Fabric Masks: How to Make, Wear, and Donate
Information on this page has been approved by Copley Hospital’s Internal Response Team.
Additional guidance from the Vermont Department of Health can be found here.
Homemade Mask Donations
Does your essential organization need fabric masks? Please complete this form to make a request for donations.
Instructions for Donating Fabric Masks:
Thank you for donating your time and talent to help our community! Fabric masks should be packaged in re-sealable plastic bags. They do not have to be individually packaged. Mark the size in sharpie on the lower left back corner of the mask or on outside of the bag. Below is a list our current drop-off locations, we’re working with community partners to add more sites, check back often for updates. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
Before starting this project, please ask yourself the following questions:
- Have you been in contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
- Do you have fever, cough or shortness of breath?
If you answer “YES” to either or both questions, please do not make masks for donation.
Drop-off / Pick-up Locations:
Lamoille Family Center
480 Cady Falls Rd
Morristown, VT 05661
802-888-5229 x 151
Drop-off instructions: Volunteers making masks can drop them anytime at the Lamoille Family Center. There is a plastic box marked “Masks” on the side porch. Please put bagged masks in the box. Staff will sort and label for organizations to pick up.
Capstone Community Action
250 Industrial Park Dr.
Morristown, VT 05661
1-800-639-8710 or (802) 888-7993
Drop-off instructions: Drop off masks using the labeled box outside the front door during business hours (8:00am – 4:30pm, Monday-Friday). Staff will sort and label for organizations to pick up.
Hardwick Area Neighbor to Neighbor
Official donation drop/pickup sites: Hardwick Village Diner and the Hardwick Area Food Pantry.
Masks will be available for the community starting April 27th. Our goal is that all residents who need a mask will be able to secure one through these volunteer efforts. We have changed our name to Hardwick Area Neighbor to Neighbor to reinforce our commitment to adjacent towns and have 24 volunteers making masks.
Drop-off instructions: The Hardwick Village Diner is open every day between 6:00AM & 8:00 PM. The Hardwick Area Food Pantry is open Mondays from 12:00-2:00, Thursdays from 9:00-11:00 and Saturdays from 9:00-11:00.
United Church of Craftsbury
7 Church Lane
Craftsbury Common, VT 05827
Drop-off instructions: Use side door of the church (towards the library) open 7am-7pm, look for a plastic bin labeled “Face Mask Distribution” just ahead as you walk through the door. The bin divided into drop-off and pick-up sections. If you need masks, you can take them from the pick-up section. Community members will also prepare batches for organizations as needed.
Nancy Small’s House
250B Maple Street
Drop-off instructions: Drop off masks on the round table on the porch. Nancy will sort and label for organizations to pick up.
Making Homemade Masks:
For detailed mask-making instructions, we recommend using Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hospital’s instructions below and on their website:
- 100% unused cotton fabric (front) – no metallic fabrics
- 100% cotton or cotton flannel (back)
- 1/8″, 1/4″, or 3/8” flat elastic, or 1/4” inch bias-tape
- Video instructions: Instructional video from Deaconess Health System.
- Written instructions: How to Make a Facemask (PDF)
If flat elastic is not available, fabric ties can be sewn on the mask, one tie on each of the four mask corners. Ties should be approximately 1/4” width, sewn so there are no frayed edges, and approximately 15” for each corner.
- Use tightly woven cotton fabric (like quilting cotton) for the outside layer and a softer cotton (like flannel) for the inner layer. Avoid synthetic materials as they do not breathe well.
- Wash fabric before cutting to prevent masks from shrinking after construction.
- Clearly mark the mask front and back or use two different materials/patterns to be able to distinguish front from back to ensure that it is put on consistently to prevent exposing the wearer to germs that may have collected on the outside.
Wearing Homemade Fabric Masks
How to Use:
- Wear a mask that tightly encloses the area around the nose and mouth, from the bridge of the nose down to the chin, and extending onto the cheek beyond the corners of the mouth, so no gaps occur when talking or moving.
- Wash fabric masks before using (see instructions below).
- Even when wearing a mask, continue to use proper hand hygiene techniques and respect social distancing recommendations.
How Effective Are They?:
- Fabric masks may provide modest protection against spreading the virus.
- Although research on the effectiveness of fabric masks is not conclusive, experts agree that any mask use is better than nothing.
- Homemade masks are not considered Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), per the CDC, since their capability to protect health care professionals is unknown during patient care encounters. Caution should be exercised when considering this option.
How to properly wash your fabric face mask:
- Wash in the washing machine with HOT water
- Wash with regular laundry detergent
- Dry the mask in the dryer (preferred method), no fabric softener
- Masks should be washed daily