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TM 2020

Tommye Austin, RN
Senior Vice President & Chief Nurse Executive
University Health System, San Antonio, TX

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TM2020 Pattern and face mask instructions are being provided to you
for those interested in making face masks to wear for their personal
use. Public health experts do not consider homemade masks to be
effective personal protective equipment inside clinical environments or
for those caring directly for people with COVID-19. The instruction
manual is being provided to you for noncommercial, recreational
purposes only and is not a guarantee of health or wellness or prevention
of illness.

Please direct any questions or concerns to:

Copyright ©TM2020, by Tommye Austin, PhD, MBA, RN, NEA-BC

used with permission.

Materials Needed
• Cotton weave fabric or surgical drape
• AC Filter material with a MERV rating of >13 or better
• All purpose thread
• Bobbin thread
• 1/8 inch elastic (20 inches per mask)
• Scissors
• Swimmer’s tape
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1. Cut two 12 x12 pieces of AC filter material with a Merv rating
of 13 or higher. Cut two pieces of 1/8 inch elastic: neck piece is
8 inches and head pieces is 10 inches.
Please measure your head and neck if you want a tighter seal.
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2. Fold the 12 x 12 inch square of fabric in half.

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3. Fold Fabric 1 inch upward on each side to create air pocket.

This fold creates the air pocket that allows the user to breathe
better and avoid carbon dioxide build up.
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4. Measure mask across the face from cheek to cheek and mark.
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5. Press down seams at top of mask for ½ inches

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6. Trim edges across the top of the mask

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7. Insert metal nose piece and stitch it in place.

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8. Stitch each end elastic to each corner at the top of the mask. Stitch
all layers together using a straight stitch. The filter material should be
sandwiched between layers of the cotton fabric or surgical drape.
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