Sewing Surgical Masks
Thank you for your interest in sewing fabric face masks. Fabric masks offer the benefit of being able to be washed and re-used. We are using these for our employees that do not work on the front-lines and also for visitors to our hospitals and clinics.
We are asking that the mask be complete when you drop it off - so please sew it with the either hair bands sewn in place or include elastic ties. You do not need to include a filter or double sided tape or pipe cleaner. Please wash it before dropping it off at our Foundation.
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.
- Please launder them before dropping them off.
- 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:
- 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