Sewing and Donating Masks

A person's hands guiding fabric through a sewing machine

A generous way to increase our inventory of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is to join the national movement of volunteers who sew masks. This effort is in response to the Center for Disease Control's guidance that fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted.

Below is general guidance for those who wish to participate and help by sewing masks for donation.

Important infection prevention

Before starting to sew, 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, please feel free to make your mask(s).

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 and review our COVID-19 resources.

Materials and instructions for masks


  • 100% unused cotton fabric for the front – no metallic fabrics please
  • 100% cotton or cotton flannel for the back
  • 1/8”, 1/4”, or 3/8” flat elastic, or 1/4” inch bias tape


How to make a face mask for doctors, nurses and health care workers from Deaconess Hospital

If you would prefer written instructions, please download our guide How to Make a Face Mask (PDF).

Dropping off masks

Masks should be dropped off in resealable plastic bags. You may mail your donations to APD or drop them off between 7 am and 3 pm weekdays at the Hospital's "RECEIVING" door in the lower level of the Main Hospital, shown on the map below in red. Please look for the mask drop off sign and ring the bell at the receiving door.

Mailing address for masks

Materials Management: MASKS
10 Alice Peck Day Drive
Lebanon, NH 03766

Thank you in advance.

Map of the Alice Peck Day campus with the drop off location for masks labeled in red text