Manor Moments

Making Face Masks

March 2020

Can you help? Cornwall Manor is welcoming fabric (100% cotton) masks for our personal care and skilled nursing staff. Due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), orders for standard/disposable masks are on long back-orders and out-of-stock.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), fabric masks are not to be used in the care of COVID-19 patients. Fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted. Fabric masks can also be helpful in other areas of patient care as supplies of PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) are depleted.

Fabric masks can be washed and sterilized and used repeatedly as needed.


Click here for a YouTube video tutorial on how to make cotton face masks.


How to make cotton masks for adults

Supplies needed:

– Cotton fabric, a pretty print or bright colors are best.
– Rope Elastic, beading cord elastic will work (you may also us 1/8” flat elastic)* – see note at bottom
– Cut the elastic 7” long and tie a knot at each end (DO NOT knot the ends of the flat)

  1. Put right sides of cotton fabric together – cut 9×6 for adult masks. Be sure any fabric design is placed horizontally.
  2. Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner, stop. Sew the elastic with the edge out into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold this.
  3. Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner and sew a few stitches forward and back.
  4. Now sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Again put an elastic with the edge out.
  5. Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic.
  6. Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5” to 2” open. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.
  7. Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction
  8. Sew around the edge of the mask twice.

*We are aware that elastic is in short supply. If no elastic, use bias tape ties 15″ long.  If no bias tape, make your own ties 15″ long to ties in a bow around your head.

Completed masks can be dropped off at the Reception Desk in the Freeman Community Center at Cornwall Manor.