Fire Up Your Sewing Machine! Where To Donate Homemade Masks In Chattanooga

Running out of ways to occupy your time? Cloth face masks are so easy to make that you can work on them while binging Netflix. Here are instructions for sewing a simple face mask along with a list of places around Chattanooga homes for sale that are accepting donations.

How to Make a Cloth Face Mask

  1. Cut two 10-inch by 6-inch rectangles from a piece of tightly-woven cotton fabric. High thread-count pillowcases, flannel pajamas, and dish towels are good sources of materials. Vacuum cleaner bags and HEPA furnace filters will also work.
  2. Place one of the rectangles on top of the other.
  3. Fold the 10-inch sides down by 1/4-inch and stitch them together.
  4. Fold the 6-inch sides down by 1/2 inch and sew along the edge, leaving openings at all four ends.
  5. Cut two 6-inch-long pieces of 1/8-inch width elastic. Rubber bands and ponytail holders can also be used.
  6. Run one piece of elastic through the hems on the 6-inch sides. Attaching a safety pin to one end of the elastic makes it easier to work it through.
  7. Tie the elastic ends on each side together. Gently work the elastic around until the knots are hidden inside the hem. Stitch the elastic in place to keep it from slipping.
  8. Don't have anything stretchy on hand? Use longer pieces of string so they can be tied behind the head.

Where to Donate Face Masks

  • Erlanger Health System - Kennedy Outpatient Center, 900 E. 3rd St., Chattanooga, TN 37403

    Erlanger Health System has several facilities around Chattanooga that treat more than 600,000 people annually. While Erlanger spokesperson Blaine Kelly says the system currently has enough personal protective equipment for staff and patients, they are accepting donations of face masks as a safeguard for future needs. Drop off donations at Kennedy Outpatient Center Monday through Thursday between 10 a.m. - noon.
  • CHI Memorial - 2051 Hamill Rd., Hixson, TN 37343

    For nearly 70 years, CHI Memorial has been providing healthcare services to Chattanooga area residents. CHI is accepting donations of cloth face masks for use by their non-medical employees. This will allow them to conserve hospital-grade and N95 masks for personnel who are in direct contact with patients. Masks and cleaning supplies can be deposited in collection baskets at the front of each hospital, including the location down the street from Hixson homes for sale.

  • Chattanooga Rescue Mission - 1512 Holtzclaw Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37404

    Thanks to the Chattanooga Rescue Mission, those struggling with homelessness have a place where they can find food, shelter, and necessary supplies that many of us take for granted. In addition to face masks, the Mission is always looking for cleaning supplies and over-the-counter healthcare products. Visit their website to view the complete wish list.

  • JOANN Fabrics - 2020 Gunbarrel Rd., Suite 198, Chattanooga, TN 37421

    With their "Make to Give" program, JOANN Fabrics is leading an initiative to donate 1 million face masks to medical personnel around the United States. Whether or not you use JOANN's supplies, you can drop off completed face masks at the store for distribution where needed. Hours at the Chattanooga location are 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday. Call ahead to confirm.

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