About Fabric Face Masks

As per NBC News (April 3, 2020): “Friday afternoon, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its guidance on the matter, recommending individuals use cloth face coverings "in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain," such as grocery stores and pharmacies. The guidance recommends people use fabric coverings, not surgical masks or specialized N95 masks, which should be reserved for health care providers.

Face coverings made of fabric, public health experts note, aren't intended to protect wearers from getting sick, but rather, to prevent them from spreading the virus to others. And the guidance will still exclude using surgical or medical grade masks, which experts say should be reserved for people who are sick and for the health care workers who care for them.”

Care Recommendations

We recommend that you gently wash your mask before using and after every use in HOT water in a tub, lay flat or hang to dry, do not wring. They absolutely can be machine washed, but if you want to preserve the life of your mask, gentle hand washing is recommended. The author hangs hers on a clothes hanger in the bathtub to drip dry.

How to Order

Please email donations@friendsofferals.ca with your fabric choices/quantities.

Last update: May 29th at 7:08 AM Atlantic Time


Pick-up: In keeping with our commitment to safety, we prefer eTransfer or PayPal to donations@friendsofferals.ca to prevent the hand exchange of currency. Items may then be picked up at one of our volunteers in the Town of Digby who will leave the item(s) bagged and tied to her exterior door handle upon your arrival for safe social distancing.

Shipping: We can ship up to 3 masks in the same envelope to anywhere in Canada for just $3.00, which includes postage and a padded envelope. For shipping to destinations outside Canada, please email donations@friendsofferals.ca for a quote.

With elastic ear straps, inside filter pocket, and nose grip

$8.00 each

New Mask Designs: Introduced May 27, 2020

This pattern contains an inside slot should you decide to add your own filter. Recommendations found online suggest vacuum cleaner HEPA filters and furnace filters provide the best protection, but should not contain dangerous materials such as fiberglass. Be sure they are made of polypropylene. Also, it should be noted that any filter material (HEPA, polypropylene) should be sandwiched in between two additional layers of fabric (cotton, silk or nylon) to prevent inhalation of filter materials, and protect the face from the abrasive material..

You’ll want to ensure that your filter fabric does not extrude high amounts of fiber and other synthetic materials since the inhalation of glass fiber can cause respiratory diseases.

The use of a filter insert is entirely optional.

If you’d like to make your own mask similar to one of these, download the instructions here: How to Sew a Face Mask with Filter Pocket (uTube Video).

Click to enlarge and scroll the gallery. No two masks are exactly alike; patterns will vary. These masks are standard size. For alternate sizing, please enquire.

Available quantities are shown in ( ) parentheses:

Masks numbered #111 to #119 were made and donated by Gail Harding, with great appreciation!

The following masks will be sewn when ordered (accepting pre-orders):

With Fabric Straps

$10.00 each

SOLD OUT - available by special order only

If you’d like to make your own mask just like one of these, download the instructions here: Fabric Face Mask Instructions – Kaiser Permanente. Allow a minimum of one hour to make each mask as the straps take time.