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Do you sew? How to make a face mask

How to Make a Face Mask


Front: 100% unused cotton fabric – no metallic fabrics

Back: 100% unused cotton or cotton flannel

Attachment: 1/8”, 1/4”, or 3/8” flat elastic (white is preferred, black is OK)


Two 54” x 1/4” inch bias-tape style ties (no raw edges, white/light preferred, black/dark OK)       or Four 15” lengths of bias-tape

Floral wire if adding a nose form

Video instructions for making the masks can be found at these two websites:

How to make a surgical mask with 1/4” elastic:

How to make a surgical mask with bias tape (and nose form if you have appropriate material such as floral wire to do that)

If you do not have access to the internet, the instructions are detailed below:

(Note: The instructions list three sizes: Small, Medium, and Large. We would recommend making Small- and Medium-sized masks primarily. If possible, making a few Large masks would be helpful as well. See instructions for cutting sizes.)

1) Cut two rectangles of fabric, one for the inside, one for the outside.

  1. Small: 7.5 x 5 inches
  2. Medium: 9 x 6 inches
  3. Large: 10 x 7 inches

2) Cut elastic or ties. Elastic should be cut as follows. You will need 2 pieces for each mask.

  1. Small: 6.5 inches
  2. Medium: 7 inches
  3. Large: 7.5 inches

For bias-tape ties either cut two 54” lengths or four 15” lengths (one for each corner) of the mask. If using four corner-ties, you will insert them into the corners as you sew around the mask. If using the longer ties, you will encase the mask in the traditional bias-tape fashion – this method will also allow you to insert wire on one edge to make a more form-fitted mask.

To sew using elastic or 4 bias-tape corner-ties:

3) Put right sides of cotton mask fabric together.

4) Starting at the center of bottom (long) edge, sew to the first corner, stop. Sew a piece of elastic or a fabric tie into the corner. A few stitches forward and back will hold this.

5) Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of that same elastic to the corner and sew a few stitches forward and back. If you are using fabric ties, add a new tie.

6) Now sew across that top of the mask to the next corner. Again put a 7” length of elastic in the corner (or a new tie)

7) Sew to the next corner and sew in the other end of the same elastic (or a new tie).

8) Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5” to 2” open. Stop, cut the thread.

9) Turn mask right-side out.

10) Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are in the same direction. There must be 3 tucks to ensure a tight fit on the face.

11) Sew around the edge of the mask twice to hold the tucks in place and close the opening.

To sew the mask using 54” long bias-tape ties:

3) Put rights sides of cotton mask fabric together.

4) Sew along the two long edges of the fabric with a 3/8” seam allowance. Turn right side out and press.

5) Open the bias-tape and place one strip along each of the open edges of the mask. Stich along the crease.

6) Stitch the raw edges of the bias-tape closed on the ends. Fold the bias-tape over, encasing the raw edge and pin in place. If you are adding wire, cut a 5” piece and place it in the bias-tape on one of the sides, pushing it toward the fold. Stitch the bias-tape closed along the whole length of the tie. Stitch vertical “casing” lines on either side of the wire to hold it in place.

7) Pin 3 tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are in the same direction. There must be 3 tucks to ensure a tight fit on the face.

8) Sew around the edge of the mask twice to hold the tucks in place and close the opening.

When you have finished your masks, please use a Sharpie marker to mark a 1” tall S, M, or L on the lower left corner of the inside of each mask to indicate the size. If you do not have a Sharpie, please somehow designate size for the masks before you drop them off.

Note: Do not wash the masks. They will be laundered and sanitized here after we receive them. If you have “ultra light regular non-fusable interfacing (pellon)” that can be added in between layers if desired but the fusable pellon is not recommended due to possible allergies to the adhesive. Interfacing is optional.

You can deliver your finished masks to the Frederick Living lobby. Place them in a box or bag and include your Name, address and phone/email. If you prefer to mail them, use the address below:

Questions?   Contact Trina Brady at Frederick Living for assistance at  tbrady      Phone: (610) 754-7878 ext. 353


Shopping for a Cause- Shopping in the Gift Shop supports Benevolent Care!

 Lori Hartzel presented John Hendrickson with a check for $10,000 for the 2019 proceeds from the Gift Shop for Resident Benevolent Care.  When you shop there you are helping to not only find quality gifts, treats and useful items but you are helping those residents, who through no fault of their own, are no longer able to fully cover the cost of their care.  Please thank Lori for the wonderful work she does running the gift shop and thank you to all the gift shop patrons.   



Aspen Village Christmas Choir and Concert

Happy New Year!

Aspen Village this holiday season had a resident led Christmas choir and concert.  We submitted this activity for a contest being held by the International Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners and the Center for Applied Research in Dementia (Dr. Cameron Camp’s organization).

You can truly see the engagement and meaning this choir brought and continues to bring to the residents in it and those they sing for. 

A big thanks to the Aspen Team who supported the resident choir on their musical journey this holiday season.


Frederick Living Recognized for The Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day Initiative

The Alzheimer’s Association’s Longest Day 2019 initiative recognized Frederick Living as one of their top three business/facility teams in the Delaware Valley, raising an amazing $4,280 from the 2019 car show!

Maggie Shope, the Longest Day Coordinator in the region, brought along a recognition plaque and purple-wrapped candy to thank all or our staff and residents who contributed to the event.

It’s Never Too Late Technology

A sincere thank you to those who contributed to the purchase of “It’s Never Too Late”. We are also grateful for the donations from Zion Mennonite Church, Forrest Hills Mennonite Church and Roger and Alex Kurtz. The Residents and Staff in Aspen Village, our Memory Support area, love it!

Men’s Weight Lifting Group

The Men’s Weightlifting Club was first started by Richard Francis who unfortunately passed away.  The men in the group wanted to continue what Richard began in his honor so they kept the club going and it has grown quite a bit.  The group is run entirely by the male residents and they meet three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 1:30pm in the Body Shop. They strength train individual muscle groups while enjoying each other’s interesting conversations and male camaraderie.  One of their main goals for the club is for everyone involved to have fun.  If any male residents are interested in joining, please stop by the Body Shop any Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 1:30pm and check it out!

Caption for photo: Up front: David Wynn

First Row (left to right): Jerry Royer, Robert Van Lieu, Jack Koehler, Harry Hails, Bruce Fryer

Back Row (left to right): Charles Goffer, Terry Miller and Dan Ifkowitz

It’s Never 2 Late- Update!

As of May 6 ,2019 we have raised $7,566 of our $10,000 goal for the IN2L software!

Remember to ask yourself “is my church group or social club looking for a worthwhile project to support to help people with dementia?”  If so, consider giving a gift to help Frederick Living purchase It’s Never 2 Late.   This mobile interactive large touch screen system integrates various hardware, media, software and adaptive components necessary to allow residents to participate and engage in person-centered recreational and rehabilitative activities. Donations can be sent to Frederick Living (mark IN2L in the check memo line) or be made online at:  Under “Gift Designation” select: Restricted. Under Campaign choose wish list IN2L.


No Deficiencies in Magnolia House

Magnolia House Personal Care nursing assistant, Thelma Barnes, visits with resident, Sara Swavely. The Magnolia House Personal Care unit recently received a deficiency free survey from the Department of Human Services! Congratulations Thelma and all the hard working staff of Magnolia House for all you do every day to make Frederick Living a wonderful place to live.

Dr. Cameron Camp, who is the creator of Montessori-Based Dementia Programming®, educated Staff and Family Members about the Innovative Techniques to engage persons with Dementia

On April 24 and 25 Frederick Living hosted internationally known expert, Dr. Cameron Camp, who is the creator of Montessori-Based Dementia Programming®.  Dr. Camp is a researcher and trainer from the Center for Applied Research in Dementia.  This innovative approach combines rehabilitation principles and educational techniques using the physical and cognitive abilities available to individuals living with dementia. This interactive training for staff from all Frederick Living departments, volunteers and guests from several other organizations was well received, as all were called to think and practice in a new way of engaging persons living with dementia.  Dr. Camp also led an evening session for family caregivers of persons with dementia. A grant of $6,000 from the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation contributed in large part to making this training and implementation of the Montessori Based Dementia Programming possible. The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation enhances the health and wellness of area residents, providing education, funding and programs that motivate people to adopt healthy lifestyles.