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Copy of Resources for Making Protective Masks & Gowns

In Partnership with Fashion for the Front Lines & Asia Society's Special Fund

More than seven thousand people from Europe, Australia, Asia, South America, Africa and all over USA downloaded mask and gown patterns and viewed tutorials in less than one week. YOU are absolutely making a difference in this crisis. Let's keep working! Sign up our newsletter, and we will keep you informed. Please tag @fashiongirlsforhumanity so that we can share the amazing work you are doing. For those who have a large production capacity with Gerber cutting machine, please see “Factory Resources.” If you don't want to make them, you can also just buy for your loved ones or donate from CareAndWear.com.

Help Support Front Line Medical Workers and Those Affected by PPE Shortage

MAP - Hospitals Looking For PPE Donations

NY // NJ // CA // WA // MI // FL // LA // ALL USA

Need direct hospital contacts? (thanks to Dave Craige)

Need someone who has already relationship with hospitals to navigate this unknown terrain of selling to hospitals? 

Care+Wear, a NYC-based company, has been helping hospital and health system partners source PPE. If you are hospital or health system, you can contact them by emailing ppe@careandwear.com. 

Making protective masks & gowns is a great way to help during this critical time even if they are, simply, used by those who need them but do not get them due to the severe PPE shortage. We hear many people are making for people who work in nursing homes or other medical setting not necessarily all Covid 19 related.

“Among the needs, the mayor said, are three million N95 masks, 50 million surgical masks and 15,000 ventilators. New York State only has about 3,000 ventilators, one for each intensive-care hospital room."

"Health care workers will need another 45 million of each of the following: surgical gowns, coveralls, gloves, regular face masks and face shields, the mayor said."


--New York Times, 3/20



On March 27th, American Hospital Association announced #100MillionMaskChallenge to bring local hospitals and manufacturers together. In addition to face shield and masks, they are planning to add gowns to address PPE shortage in the next week or so. 

"The demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) has created a severe shortage of PPE across the world. The supply cannot keep up with the demand."

"Just as we have seen our field come together, we are delighted by the collective desire of manufacturers, the business community and the many individuals across the country who have expressed a desire to help rapidly produce surgical masks and face shields on a large scale for health care workers.

The American Hospital Association will now bring the initiative to scale across the country, facilitating new relationships between providers in need of surgical masks and manufacturers with the capacity to produce them. In recognition that shortages are much greater nationwide the AHA-led initiative will, over time, expand its scope to meet the growing and ongoing challenges."



Sign up and fill out ITAC's quick survey and share with them your capabilities. ITAC is working to help identify who can supply the crucial gear NYC healthcare workers need.


The NYS Governor Cuomo is also encouraging any company with the proper equipment or personnel to begin to manufacture PPE products if possible. The state is willing to provide funding to any company to obtain the proper equipment and personnel. Businesses interested in receiving state funding to manufacture PPE products should contact EricGertler at 212-803-3100 or COVID19supplies@esd.ny.gov.


L.A. Protects could help businesses that might otherwise might have to close and furlough staff, by connecting them with opportunities to provide an essential service. Working in partnership with the sustainable fashion brand Reformation, which will monitor mask production to maintain quality assurance, L.A. Protects will match approved manufacturing companies with essential industries in need of masks –– including the healthcare industry, grocers, take-out restaurants, delivery services, as well as food and beverage manufacturers. Garment and apparel manufacturers in the city can sign up at Coronavirus.LACity.org/LAProtects.  

What's PPE (Protective Wear)?

The different types of PPE include face shields, gloves, goggles and glasses, gowns, head covers, masks, respirators, and shoe covers. Face shields, gloves, goggles and glasses, gowns, head covers, and shoe covers protect against the transmission of germs through contact and droplet routes.

Isolation gowns are normally worn only once /  not for the purpose of reuse (learn more about PPE suppliers Cardinal Health / Halyard -- they are experiencing global supply chain problem), but due to the shortage, the rule is changing every day. Please note isolation gown is different from surgical gown. Isolation gown is a long sleeve protection with elastic cuff that is worn over uniform. 

Medical Isolation Gown Pattern download available from here and watch the tutorial (how to sew gowns). 

Watch the video how to make non surgical masks (Joann's).  

See all other variations of DIY masks from free download section below.

What are they made of?

More information about PPE materials. See required material standard. Can you use your own materials? (here "What Are The Best Materials for Making DIY Masks? Muslin and non-woven cotton")  

Do you want to get fabric? Please see a list of suppliers.

For masks, Providence Hospitals in Washington provided surgical wraps / sterilization wraps to produce masks for local production. 

Available on amazon. (24 x 24 or 48 x 48)

Please note that home made masks are included in the CDC in their Crisis Capacity Strategies Section, but are not a suitable substitute for N95 masks or other medical grade PPE. 

What does CDC says in response to this PPE shortage?

"In settings where facemasks are not available, HCP might use homemade masks (e.g., bandana, scarf) for care of patients with COVID-19 as a last resort. However, homemade masks are not considered PPE, since their capability to protect HCP is unknown. Caution should be exercised when considering this option. Homemade masks should ideally be used in combination with a face shield that covers the entire front (that extends to the chin or below) and sides of the face."

PPE Best Practices

The CDC and the FDA both provide resources regarding PPEs online. The CDC has issued new strategies to optimize the supply of PPE.

Guidance on PPE supplied by Health Care Workers

The Joint Commission has offered guidance that supports allowing staff to bring their own standard face masks or respirators to wear at work when their healthcare organizations cannot routinely provide access to protective equipment that is commensurate with the risk to which they are exposed. In taking this position, The Joint Commission recognizes:

  1. Hospitals must conserve personal protective equipment (PPE) when these items are in short supply to protect staff who perform high-risk procedures.
  2. The degree to which privately-owned masks and respirators will increase the protection of healthcare workers is uncertain, but the balance of evidence suggests that it is positive.
  3. No Joint Commission standards or other requirements prohibit staff from using PPE brought from home.
  4. Homemade masks are an extreme measure and should be used only when standard PPE of proven protective value is unavailable.

For more information, including the evidence and policy analysis used by Joint Commission in making this statement, see the "Joint Commission Statement on Use of Face Masks Brought From Home."

*Updated* About Isolation Gowns per the CDC

Now "cloth" is allowed. 

Conventional capacity: measures consist of providing patient care without any change in daily contemporary practices. This set of measures, consisting of engineering, administrative, and personal protective equipment (PPE) controls should already be implemented in general infection prevention and control plans in healthcare settings.
Contingency capacity: measures may change daily standard practices but may not have any significant impact on the care delivered to the patient or the safety of healthcare personnel (HCP). These practices may be used temporarily during periods of expected isolation gown shortages.
Shift gown use towards cloth isolation gowns.
Reusable (i.e., washable) gowns are typically made of polyester or polyester-cotton fabrics. Gowns made of these fabrics can be safely laundered according to routine procedures and reused. Care should be taken to ensure that HCP do not touch outer surfaces of the gown during care.

Crisis capacity: strategies that are not commensurate with standard U.S. standards of care. These measures, or a combination of these measures, may need to be considered during periods of known isolation gown shortages.


Short List 

    CDC Guidelines on making a simple mask

    PREFERRED: Seattle Makers 5-layer face mask with replaceable barriers.

    Taiwanese Doctor Teaches How To DIY Cloth Face Mask With Air Filter

    No-Sew DIY Face Mask

    Deaconess Video guide

    1-page PDF facemask pattern


    Providence mask kit directions 

    3D printed masks mask #2 mask #3

    How to make a face shield

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