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Calling all sewers (and 3D printers)

We are tremendously grateful for the outpouring of love and support for the older adults who live in our communities. From written notes of encouragement and handmade cards and pictures, to FaceTime sessions and floral deliveries, families and friends have blessed residents (and employees) with kindness beyond measure.

Because many are still asking “What can I do to help?” and the need for supplies is real, we share with you another opportunity to volunteer your time and skills.

We will graciously welcome donations of handsewn masks. Those who consider themselves a sewer, will likely find these instructions to be very simple to follow.


  • Cotton fabric
  • Rope elastic (beading cord or 1/8” flat elastic will also work)
  • Cut 2, 7” pieces of elastic and tie a knot at each end (do not knot the ends if using flat elastic) 


  1. Put right sides of cotton fabric together and cut to 9” x 6” (rectangle). Be sure any fabric design is placed horizontal.
  2. All seams are 3/8” from edge.
  3. Starting at the center of the bottom edge, sew to the first corner, stop.  
  4. Sew the elastic between the two pieces with the edge out into the corner.
  5. Sew to the next corner, stop, and bring the other end of the same elastic to the corner between the two pieces and sew a few stitches forward and back.
  6. Now sew across that top of the mask to the next corner.
  7. Repeat steps 4 and 5 on this side of the rectangle.  
  8. Sew across the bottom leaving about 1.5-2”open. Stop and cut the thread. Turn inside out. Pin 3 even tucks on each side of the mask. Make sure the tucks are the same direction.
  9. Sew around the edge of the mask twice. Trim all loose threads.

Watch this instructional video online, courtesy of Deaconess.

Can’t find elastic? No problem! We have a supply of elastic and will gladly share with anyone offering to make masks to help protect residents. Email for details. We will also accept tie masks – no elastic necessary!

What about gowns?

If you're more confident in your sewing skills, you can try sewing a gown instead! We will graciously welcome donations of handsewn isolation gowns as well. Peek-a-boo Patterns Shop has a free online pattern that you can access

We are able to provide kits to volunteers that include materials to sew 10 gowns, minus thread. Volunteers for gowns should be intermediate to advance level sewers. Please contact to get your kit.

Have access to a 3D printer? 

The 3D Printing Industry has recently released details on how they are responding to the COVID-19 crisis and the need for supplies. Check out their website for more details. 

Watch this instructional video online, courtesy of Prusa 3D. 

Masks and other supplies can be mailed to:
Presbyterian Homes & Services
Attention: Supply Donations
2845 Hamline Avenue N
Roseville, MN 55113

Masks and other donations will also be accepted at any PHS community. Please consider filling out this donation form and bringing it with you. We will also have these available at our reception desks.

For more than 65 years, our call has been to protect and care for residents as extended members of our family. Thank you for continuing to be in prayer with us as our world goes through this challenging time.

May you find peace in Jesus “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30).

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