I need to do something more useful…

So I am making these for the staff at the VAMC hospital here in Sturgis South Dakota.


The Olson Mask Pattern was designed by medical professionals to be used when other surgical and N95 masks are not available. Most agree that it is the best pattern available for homemade face masks. It is curved to fit the nose and mouth area, and there is a pocket on the inside to hold an additional filter. I am making my own filters from HEPA fabric salvaged from vacuum cleaner bags.

blog photos.jpgI am using aluminium from beverage bottles for the moldable nose bridge. Elastic for the ear loops is hard to come by, sold out in local fabric stores and price gouging online. so I am using hair ties for ear loops.

I can make about five an hour. Postings will be light for a while. I could use some help, Sturgis is a small town sandwiched between Spearfish and Rapid City and I can’t find any elastic locally. If you can find some 1/8″ white braided sewing elasitic please send it to Charles Brooks, 1220 Cedar St #210, Stirgis SD 57785dritzThanks,  Charlie

4 thoughts on “I need to do something more useful…

  1. My wife is also making these.

    I am using tin snips and cutting a piece of duct for the nose thing.

    If need be, you can slice a bungie cord open and usually find a group of 1/4″ elastic make up the bungie.


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