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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Help Sew Face Masks

Banner that is teal and orange stripesWe need your help sewing face masks!Illustration of a hand holding a face mask

Do you have extra time on your hands and want to help your community while sheltering in place? We are looking for volunteers to help us sew free face masks for Seaside community members! 

Starting on April 21st, 2020 you can pick up free fabric and materials, use the materials to sew face masks at your house, and when finished, return the completed masks for distribution throughout our community. Sewing machines are not provided.

All skill levels are welcome! The City will provide the fabric, and volunteers can pick up the pre-cut fabric kits at City Hall, by contacting Assistant City Manager Lesley Milton, who is coordinating this effort at or 831-899-6707. 

The City will be partnering with Seaside Churches for distributing masks to Seaside residents. 

Are you a senior in need of a mask? Similar to our Easter Egg-Stravaganza, a unique success by our Recreation Department, elder members of the Seaside community can sign up to have a mask delivered to their house as they become available or to be delivered with our senior food deliveries on Fridays. Sign up here: or by calling 831-899-6821.

Distribution events will be announced once we have enough masks. 

Illustration of a sewing machineWhy are face masks important?

Face masks prevent particles from exiting your nose and mouth and also prevent outside particles from getting inside your nose and mouth. Face masks should be worn whenever you’re in a community setting, like going to the supermarket or pharmacy, to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Help us sew face masks for community members so that surgical masks and N95 respirators can be saved for healthcare workers. Simple homemade face masks could prevent asymptomatic people from spreading the disease in situations where it’s hard to maintain social distance!

More Information on Face Masks

California Department of Public Health:

What is a cloth face covering?

A cloth face covering is a material that covers the nose and mouth. It can be secured to the head with ties or straps or simply wrapped around the lower face. It can be made of a variety of materials, such as cotton, silk, or linen. A cloth face covering may be factory-made or sewn by hand, or can be improvised from household items such as scarfs, T-shirts, sweatshirts, or towels.

How well do cloth face coverings work to prevent spread of COVID-19?

There is limited evidence to suggest that use of cloth face coverings by the public during a pandemic could help reduce disease transmission. Their primary role is to reduce the release of infectious particles into the air when someone speaks, coughs, or sneezes, including someone who has COVID-19 but feels well. Cloth face coverings are not a substitute for physical distancing and washing hands and staying home when ill, but they may be helpful when combined with these primary interventions.

When should I wear a cloth face covering?

You may choose to wear a cloth face covering when you must be in public for essential activities, such as shopping at the grocery store. Wearing a cloth face covering does not eliminate the need to physically distance yourself from others.

How should I care for a cloth face covering?

It’s a good idea to wash your cloth face covering frequently, ideally after each use, or at least daily. Have a bag or bin to keep cloth face coverings in until they can be laundered with detergent and hot water and dried on a hot cycle. If you must re-wear your cloth face covering before washing, wash your hands immediately after putting it back on and avoid touching your face.

Learn more about face coverings from the California Department of Public Health.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Cloth face coverings should...

  • fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
  • be secured with ties or ear loops
  • include multiple layers of fabric
  • allow for breathing without restriction
  • be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape

Learn more about face coverings from the CDC.

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