Sign up here to be a home sewer and support our medical heroes on the frontline

Thank you for helping medical professionals be protected.

When signing up for a free mask kit we ask that you agree to and follow these three rules:

1. I will use the return label provided to send back ALL the masks sewn ONLY with the materials originally provided within the kit.

2. I will not distribute masks sewn with materials provided by Mask Relief without Mask Relief’s prior consent. (Contact us and we will coordinate donations with you and your local facility.)

3. I will only use the pattern instructions provided within the kit.

Mask Relief

2144 Mohawk Street, Bakersfield, California 93308, United States

Important Infection Prevention

Before starting this project, please ask yourself the following questions:

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

If you are able to answer “NO” to both questions, then proceed with making masks.

If you answer “YES” to either or both questions, please do not make masks. If you are experiencing cough, fever, or shortness of breath and have a concern that you may have COVID-19 please call your primary care provider for a risk assessment.

Pattern Instructions

Sewing Instructions:

Note! Before you begin sewing, cut the elastic into exactly 7 inches (or less) pieces. If you cut the elastic too long you will run out before you can finish. Two 7” pieces of elastic and one fabric cut will be used when sewing each mask. 

Step 1. With fabric wrong side up, fold top down 1/8” 

              and press with iron and then fold down another 

              1/8" and press again.

Step 2. Repeat Step 1 for the opposite end.

Step 3. Fold top down 2” and press with iron.

Step 4. Fold bottom up to overlap top and 

              press with iron.

Step 5. Sew elastic into the 2" flap and sew 


        5a. Be sure to reinforce elastic as it will 

               get tugged on a lot.  

Step 6. Take the other end of the elastic and place it in 

              the fold on the large flap and sew edge then 

              reinforce elastic.

Step 7. Repeat steps 5 and 6 on the other side.

Step 8. Turn and press flat (be careful not to  

              press the elastic)

Step 9. Start from the top when pleating:

        9a. 1st pleat should be running downwards and 

              centered between the top of the small fold and    

              the opening.

        9b. 2nd pleat should be running upwards and      
              centered on the opening of the mask.

        9c. 3rd and 4th pleats should be spaced out to fill 

               the bottom half of the mask.

        9d. Repeat pleats 1-4 on the opposite side.

        9e. Feel free to adjust the pleats as needed.

Step 10. Sew around the entire mask.

If you have any questions about the pattern or need help of any kind with the sewing process please contact: Volunteer Betsy Dunkel: (661) 204-6273 or

Instructional video

Check out this great instructional video by our volunteer Betsy!