Donate Hand-Sewn Masks

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University Health Care System has an adequate supply of N95 masks to protect its staff caring for those with COVID-19. However, the global supply for this equipment continues to be uncertain, and we are actively taking steps to secure more supplies and preserve our stock.

Many individuals, groups and businesses from the Augusta area have generously offered to help our efforts by sewing cloth masks. While the CDC does not suggest cloth material as a first-line defense against the coronavirus causing COVID-19, cloth masks work well for other conditions and can help us conserve our N95 respirator mask stock.

If you would like to donate cloth masks to University Health Care System, please email Foundation@uh.org. They will be laundered and sanitized before use.

We are unable to accept packages through the mail, nor can we offer pick-up service.

Donation Center Location & Directions

The drop-off donation center is located at the rear of University Hospital Summerville. For easiest access, turn off Wrightsboro Road onto Pendleton Road. Turn right into the fourth driveway/access on the right and pull up to the covered walkway. Call 706-667-0030 and a Foundation representative will meet you.

Address: 2260 Wrightsboro Road
Donation Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday though Friday

We appreciate everything you do to help University Health Care System achieve its mission to improve the health of those we serve!

INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOMEMADE FACE MASK (WITH ELASTIC)

Materials needed

  • Tight-weave cotton fabric (i.e. quilting cotton)
    • Fabric must be newly purchased within approximately the past year and never used.
    • Wash and dry fabric without fragrance or dyes prior to sewing.
  • Rope Elastic, beading cord elastic will work (you may also use 1/8” flat elastic if ¼” is unavailable. Some have used wider flat elastic and cut it in half with some success).

One adult mask requires two (2) 9”x6” pieces tight-weave cotton and two 7” pieces of 1/4 inch elastic. Therefore, one yard of 44” wide fabric yields 12-15 masks. You need 7.5 yards of elastic for 25 masks (14 inches per mask).

  1. Put right sides of cotton fabric together (Be sure any fabric design is placed horizontally.)
    1. Cut 9x6
  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.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR HOMEMADE FACE MASK (NO ELASTIC NEEDED)

Materials needed

  • Tight-weave cotton fabric (i.e. quilting cotton)
    • Fabric must be newly purchased within approximately the past year and never used.
    • Wash and dry fabric without fragrance or dyes prior to sewing.
  • Options for Ties
    • Bias Tape (either ½ or 7/8 as available)
      OR
    • Make ties from strips of fabric indicated above (cut strips 2” wide by 16” long)

One adult mask requires two (2) 9”x6” pieces tight-weave cotton and four (4) 16” pieces of bias tape or fabric ties (64” total per mask). Therefore, one yard of 44” wide fabric yields 12-15 masks. You need 21 1/3 yards of bias tape for 12 masks.

  1. Place right sides of cotton fabric together (Be sure any fabric design is placed horizontally.)
    1. Cut 9x6
  2. Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew around the edges of the fabric leaving about 1.5” to 2” open.
  3. Stop, cut the thread. Turn inside out.
  4. Pin three (3) ½” tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction.
  5. Make ties using Bias Tape or Fabric.
  6. Bias tape: stitch closed.
  7. Fabric: Fold in half, turn under 1/4” on each long side, iron in place. Stitch long edges closed.
  8. Pin one (1) tie at each corner.
  9. Sew around the edge of the mask twice, catching the bias tape as you go.