Sewing Surgical Masks
Thank you for your interest in sewing fabric face masks. This is for the mask part only. The hospital will provide the filter, double-sided tape and hair bands and assemble here after masks are dropped off.
UnityPoint Health – Cedar Rapids has an adequate supply of masks however – they remain in short supply nationwide due to COVID-19. The hospital is looking to be proactive in addressing the possibility of future supply challenges. Therefore, St. Luke's is calling all sewing volunteers to help make masks. Our hope is that we won't need them, but we must plan for the unknown.
Fabric masks offer the benefit of being able to be washed and re-used as each healthcare worker will need to change their mask several times during their shifts, as the mask becomes soiled or damp – for maximum protection.
A new modular mask, The Olson, named after 1930's legendary maker nurse Lyla Mae Olson, was quickly developed by clinicians from UnityPoint Health and is being shared across the globe in the fight against COVID19. A group of clinicians teamed up in the hospital's generate prototyping space to create a series of experimental designs rooted material science and easy fabrication. No special instruments are required for fabrication, and the pattern is compatible with common mask patterns being released around the country.
Your time and talent can greatly impact our ability to care for our community members and help ensure our safety as we do. Fabric masks offer the benefit of being able to be washed and re-used.
They don't have to be stylish - just functional. Non-matching fabrics, thread, elastics are fine. It just needs to be well sewn mask - with no frayed edges or missed seams.
Download the Olson Mask pattern
- Enclose completed masks in a closed plastic bag or closed plastic box.
- We will launder them prior to use so no need to wash before delivering.
- Please deliver to the St. Luke's Foundation, 855 A Ave. NE, 1st floor, Cedar Rapids. Phone (319) 369-7716.
We're also collecting supplies at all drop off locations. Supplies we're currently collecting are:
- Vacuum bags
- Hair ties
- Wax covered string
- Pipe cleaners
- Double-sided adhesive tape (such as dress tape and gorilla tape)
Drop Off Locations
You can drop off masks and other supplies at one of these locations:
|St. Luke's Health Care Foundation
855 A Ave NE #105
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
|Monday – Friday
7:30am – 4:30pm