According to the Centers for Disease Control and Protection (CDC), when PPE is not available, healthcare workers are asked to use homemade masks. While not ideal protection, it is sometimes a necessary option during this time and the supply is something we can directly control. 

There are two ways you can help us deliver homemade face masks to local healthcare workers: 

  1. Sew masks from scratch, using your own fabric and supplies. Instructions are below.
  2. Donate funds to help us purchase fabric for our team of volunteers. We currently have an amazing team of volunteers to cut fabric and another team sewing the masks. You can donate to our GoFundMe page here.

If you have masks ready for donation, please drop them off at the below location in North Fresno. We will do regular pick-ups and distribute them to facilities in need.

Jones Cleaning Centers

7280 N Remington Ave, Fresno CA 93711

(Major cross streets are Herndon and Palm Ave)




Here are useful resources for you to learn about the supplies you’ll need, access patterns, and more


Information to get started here


Take a look at this video tutorial to see how to make a mask with elastic


Check out this Video Tutorial on how to make face masks with ties if you can’t find elastic


Read more about CDC guidelines on the use of face masks


Here is some information on choosing the right material


Here is another picture tutorial, by We Can Sew It

Please note:

  • These are resources to use for your sewing project. Use them at your discretion.
  • There are several different face mask styles represented, therefore use your judgement on choosing a style.
  • Unfortunately, we do not have specific information from the local facilities on exactly which mask style they will accept.
  • The above instructions do not guarantee protection against transmission of any diseases. Due to variability of materials and construction, the mask’s safety or effectiveness for personal protection is not proven and cannot be assumed. Nurse Angel Network and all of its related affiliates make no claims regarding the safety and efficacy of the PPE in preventing any disease or illness.
  • If you or anyone in your household is sick or showing any symptoms, please refrain from making masks.