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Face Masks

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Humane Rescue Alliance

Help us reach our goal of making 500 face masks for essential staff working onsite at the Humane Rescue Alliance.


Home-Sewn Face Masks

Thank you for your interest in sewing masks to protect our staff and volunteers. The Humane Rescue Alliance (HRA) is so appreciative of the support we receive from our community to help us continue to serve the animals and people of DC.

Masks can be dropped off anytime at either of HRA locations: 1201 New York Ave. NE or 71 Oglethorpe St. NW, Washington, DC. 

For each mask, you'll need: 

  • Two pieces of 20 x 20 inch, 100% cotton fabric in two different colors
  • 4 strips of fabric, shoelaces, or elastics about 18 inches long for the ties
  • Needle and thread or a sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Pins or clips to hold the fabric in place

Please be sure to: 

  • Use 100% cotton
  • Wash and dry the cotton before making the mask to pre-shrink it
  • Use different colors on the inside and outside of the mask. This allows the wearer to take it on and off without confusing the sides. 

Once you have collected and prepared your supplies, please follow the step-by-step instructions below provided by The New York Times.  

  • To print the pattern, please visit this page.
  • A second, pleated design can be viewed on this page.

Thank you again for your support!


To print the pattern, please visit this page.

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