To date, we have been able to provide over 2,500 masks and personal protection equipment items to health responders and our neighbors.  This includes N95 and fabric masks as well as scrub caps. Thank you!  (Updated 7/9)



Mask material pick-ups will be done by appointment only.  Requests should be emailed to [email protected]Include name, phone number, material item(s) requested & amount.

A curbside pick-up time will then be scheduled while materials last.  Available materials include, fabric, elastic, scrunchies for ear loops, pipe cleaners and twist ties for nose wires, and mask and scrub cap patterns.



The Sonoma Community Center will continue to accept all face mask donations (Unused N95 respirators and washed fabric face masks) as well as Latex free disposable gloves, and fabric scrub caps Monday -Friday between 10am-4pm. Please seal donations in a ziplock plastic bag and drop off the donation in the designated window off of the Center’s parking lot at the back of the building.  Donations will be provided to local hospitals and as well as other local health organizations and individuals.  We will also continue to accept fabric and other material donations.



  • If you have any extra unused N95 masks please donate to your local hospital, health organization, or the Sonoma Community Center as soon as possible.
  • We are also seeking donations of Nitrile (Latex free) disposable gloves in all sizes for the Hospitals.  Outside of healthcare, these gloves are often used in the beauty industry, tattoo artists, automotive technicians, and those in the food processing and manufacturing industries. If you have some to donate, please bring them to the main lobby at Sonoma Valley Hospital, Monday through Friday from 7am-4pm or at the Sonoma Community Center drop-off window. (Updated 4/2).
  • If you have the ability to sew masks from home, please continue reading for patterns and instructions.
  • Can’t sew but still want to help?  Please donate to the Sonoma Community Center so we can continue providing materials and masks to our great community.



Until one pattern is deemed most appropriate we will continue to share multiple designs that have been reviewed and approved by medical professionals.  Please remember, the ideal home sewn masks are “constructed of two layers of heavyweight “quilters cotton” with a thread count of at least 180, and had thicker and tighter weave.” (NBC 4/4/20)

(Update 3/25) Sonoma Valley Hospital has requested pleated face masks if new N95 masks are not available.  Pleated face masks stock will be distributed and used in cases of low risk situations, limited patient interactions, outpatient services, and by contractors and vendors at the Hospital.)

*  Scrub Cap/Hat Pattern  as requested by a Bay Area Hospital



Effective as of April 17, all members of the public are required to wear facial coverings in public as ordered under the authority of the California Health and Safety Code. We are reminded to use fabric coverings, not surgical masks or specialized N95 masks, which should be reserved for health care providers.   Additionally it’s cautioned that face coverings are not a substitute for social distancing.  Businesses have the right to refuse admission or service to any customer or visitor who fails to wear facial coverings.  But more importantly a violation of this order is a misdemeanor punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.

“The facial covering can be made using household items (including scarves, bandanas, t-shirts, sweatshirts, towels, turtlenecks, or other fabric).” (Sonoma County 4/14)

  • You can follow or have someone you know follow one of the above patterns to make a mask.
  • Don’t know how to sew?   Follow these steps for a “No Sew” Mask  (For personal use. Please DO NOT donate these “masks.”) Can be used with 100% cotton fabric or bandanas.
  • Follow these steps for a “No Sew” T-shirt Mask.  (For personal use. Please DO NOT donate these “masks.”)
  • Or use a 100% cotton bandana tied around the face.
  • If you are local and would like to request a face mask from the Sonoma Community Center, please make your request HERE.


  • Make sure to use dry face coverings. When masks get wet, even from the moisture emitted when a person exhales, the fabric could be more likely to transmit virus.
  • Wash masks regularly, with regular detergent and in regular washing machine cycles.


Con vigencia a partir del 17 de abril, todos los miembros del público deben usar cubiertos faciales en público según lo ordenado bajo la autoridad del Código de Salud y Seguridad de California. Estamos siendo recordados de usar cubiertos de tela, no máscaras quirúrgicas o máscaras N95 especializadas, que deben ser reservadas para los proveedores de atención médica. Además, se advierte que los cubiertos faciales no son un sustituto del distanciamiento social. Las empresas tienen derecho a rechazar la admisión o el servicio a cualquier cliente o visitante que no use cubiertos faciales. Pero lo más importante es que una violación de esta orden es un delito menor castigado con multa, encarcelamiento o ambos.

“Los cubiertos faciales se pueden hacer con artículos para el hogar (como bufandas, pañuelos, camisetas, sudaderas, toallas, cuellos de tortuga u otras telas)”. (Condado de Sonoma 4/14)


      • Asegúrese de usar cubiertos faciales secos. Cuando los cubiertos faciales se mojan, incluso por la humedad emitida cuando una persona exhala, es más probable que la tela transmita el virus.
      • Lave las máscaras regularmente, con detergente regular y en ciclos regulares de lavadora.


In a pinch, some sewers have effectively been using cut hair ties.

Lycra spandex is still available from online stores and can be stretched to make soft, resilient elastic bands.

However, there are a variety of templates online that use fabric ties instead of elastic. In fact, many nurses prefer fabric ties to elastic because it allows for a more customized fit.  Bias tape or homemade bias strips also work well here.


*A note when making masks to specifically cover and protect N95 and other PPE:

  • Lighter colors are better because they make it easier to see soiling.    
  • Use no more than 2 layers for this as no filtration is needed – the goal is protection from soiling, only.    
  • Ensure coverage if using over an N95 (these come in several sizes and from different manufacturers).
  • Fit is important, and ties that go around the back of the head are preferred.
  • No latex should be used in designs for clinical settings – do not use elastic.
  • Using different colors on the front (outside facing; lighter is better) and back (inside facing) part of the mask is ideal so that the sides can easily be recognized.



Some Face Mask patterns include the option to add a filter to help add an extra protective layer that mimics a N95 mask.   Filters must be sandwiched between two layers of fabric to prevent the inhalation of filter materials.   Some recommended options include:

  • HEPA-certified vacuum filters or HEPA vacuum bags that are made with polypropylene and cut to size.
  • Polypropylene non-woven fibers such as fabric grocery bags, tote bags and wine bags have been recommended because they can be laundered and reused.

Never use filters made out of fiberglass. They provide a health risk with its inhalable synthetic materials.  (HP, 4/8)



The CDC recommends washing your mask at least once a day, typically when you are done with it.

  • Wash fabric masks in the warmest water possible for the material – washing machine is optimal.
  • If hand washing, lather with soap and scrub for at least 20 seconds in warm to hot water.
  • If the materials in the mask allow for machine drying, do so at the highest amount of heat possible.
  • You can also disinfect masks by ironing or putting them in an oven for 20 minutes at about 160 degrees Fahrenheit.  (HP, 4/10)




“The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the best way to prevent illness is by avoiding exposure to the virus. It advises, above all else, for people to avoid person-to-person contact and practice social distancing, avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth, cover coughs and sneezes with tissue or the inside of the elbow, and to frequently and thoroughly wash hands for at least 20 seconds.” (UT, 3/23/20)

For questions concerning mask donations, and for more Fiber Dept & Philanthropy information email: [email protected]

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