Cloth Face Masks

Join JVC in making cloth face masks for people experiencing homelessness and housing insecurity, as well as those in non-hospital healthcare settings.

People experiencing homelessness have a particularly difficult time with social distancing, lack access to healthcare, and are at increased risk for complications and bad outcomes from the COVID 19 pandemic. Additionally, healthcare settings are running out of protective equipment for their staff. These face masks will go to one of the following organizations that supports these at-risk groups:

    • Asylee Women’s Enterprise
    • Baltimore City Foster Care
    • Baltimore Station
    • CHAI
    • Charm City Care Connection
    • Citizens Policing Project (CPP) of Central West Baltimore
    • Civic Works
    • Franciscan Center
    • Gilchrist Center
    • Jewish Community Center
    • Living Classrooms
    • Mount Washington Children’s Hospital


1. Choose which tutorial you’d like to follow: hand-sewn masks or machine-sewn masks. Create your masks using the instructions provided below.

2. Place each mask in individual Ziploc bags.

3. Add one instruction sheet to each Ziploc bag. You can print the instruction sheet or, if printing is not possible, you can neatly hand-write the instructions from the sheet on your own paper.

To get started, choose from hand-sewn or machine-sewn masks below to create and donate to those in need.


Click here for step by step instructions to make your no-sew masks.

A few tips and tricks:

  • Recommended materials include bed sheets, denim, and canvas.
  • Masks are most effective when they limit air flow around the edges and include a piece at the top that holds the mask on the nose.
  • Including a filter adds an additional level of protection.


The pattern and demonstration in the video below include all these features. If you are not able to add the filter, please still include the pocket if possible.

To learn more about why this project is important, click here!

Please fill out the form below to get started:

COVID-19 DIY LWP Inquiry


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