Jack Tar Togs Campaign for Medical Masks

Across the country, people are sewing masks for healthcare use. Jack Tar Togs is helping, encouraging others to sew, and sewing masks ourselves. The issue is the enormous number of masks needed for healthcare. While these masks are not used for COVID-19 patients, they are very useful for situations like assisted living facilities, rehab facilities, home health, hospice, dentist, veterinary and hospital use. The masks are all cotton, are washable, and are also good for putting on top of other masks, to help extend those masks’ life.

NOTE: We are backordered through April 15.

Jack Tar Togs has committed to full time manufacturing and distributing masks to the health care workers who need them. For the ones we have mailed out, charging $1 apiece to cover some costs and are accepting donations to help, though we are glad to mail them for free if the person cannot afford them.

There are several ways you can help:

  • Work Independently: You can sew them on your own, across the country. You do not need us to help. Joann fabrics has a nationwide campaign called Make To Give. They have supplies, and you can take them back to Joann for distribution to your local hospital.
  • In Sarasota/Manatee: There are numerous groups working independently to make masks, including numerous churches and the Suncoast Science Center FabLab.
  • Donate or Send Masks: Online, we have an order form where you can buy masks to send to others. We are making them at cost, $1, and mailing across the U.S through Jack Tar Togs. Purchase or donate HERE. (Note: Be patient. We are backed up through April 15.)

We have filled orders locally here in Sarasota and Manatee Counties, and in Georgia, Connecticut and Virginia. Thousands more to do. Thank you for your orders and donations which have come from across the country. 

These masks are made from the pattern recommended by officials to temporarily fill the shortage. They are 100 percent cotton and should be machine washed in hot water with detergent and bleach for sterilization. They are NOT official medical grade masks such as the N95, and are meant for basic home health, assisted living and substitute hospital masks. More information from CDC is HERE.

Want to do it yourself? There are instructions online, including a page from Deaconess Hospital in Indiana, which has been successful.

Below, a Facebook video of how it is done from Jack Tar Togs’ Alice Pollard.