The Most Effective Way to Create Hand-Sewn COVID-19 Masks

Don't trust social media to provide the safest or most effective way to hand-sew your own COVID-19 protective mask. You can rely on the information provided by Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.

A message of gratitude, for all who've been offering to provide supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic, appeared on the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt's facebook page. In addition to stating that they feel confident in their medical supplies, they could use more hand-sewn masks (mostly adult). If you are moved to help, they're asking you to follow specific instructions to ensure the masks are created efficiently and safely.

Whether donating or creating your own, THIS is ONLY way you should be hand-sewing that mask.

If you would like to donate cloth masks to Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Vanderbilt University Adult Hospital or Vanderbilt Wilson County Hospital, please email

Hand-sewn masks can be dropped off between 9 am-3 pm. in a plastic bin under the portico at Entrance A, Vanderbilt One Hundred Oaks. This entrance is around the back of One Hundred Oaks, on the end of the mall nearest the movie theater. See map and directions.

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