Instructions for Helping Hands Making Masks

Our community has shown tremendous support offering helping hands to join in the mask-making effort. This will help us provide protection for our staff, and we are exceedingly grateful.

Before you begin, please ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Have you been in contact with anyone suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 within the past 14 days?
  2. Do you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath?

If the answer is ‘NO’ to both of these questions, we will be grateful for your help in making masks.

If you answer yes to either or both of the questions, please do not make masks. If you have a fever, cough or shortness of breath, pleas contact your healthcare provider immediately to assess your symptoms.


The recommended materials include:

100% unused cotton fabric for the front of the mask. Please no metallic fabrics.
100% cotton or cotton flannel for the back
1/4 ” elastic preferred; 3/8″ when 1/4″ is not available
Please do not make masks with ties or nose pieces. These do not hold up as well with lots of hot water washing with bleach as is required.

We are including an instructional video from Deaconess Health System that we think you’ll find very helpful.

Written instructions can be downloaded here.

Masks can be dropped off at the main entrance at Springfield Hospital.  We will have a special receiving drop box placed there.   We will then take proper precautions to be sure they are carefully sanitized prior to distributing to staff.

We are extremely grateful for the efforts of all the helping hands who have come to our aid in helping to sew masks for our staff. We are so very thankful for your efforts.