How to Make Masks for VA Health Care Workers - VA Northern California Health Care System
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How to Make Masks for VA Health Care Workers

How to Make Masks for VA Health Care Workers


To the Northern California community: Thank you for helping VA NorCal’s health care workers safely care for local Veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only do we provide care to thousands of Veterans each day, but nearly half of the VA NorCal staff are Veterans themselves. By making and/or donating masks, you are partnering with us in keeping our Veterans and health care workers safe.


  • Please follow this link to download detailed instructions on how to make a mask.
  • Be sure to use fabric that is 100% cotton (tightly woven for the front, flannel or other soft 100% cotton for the back). If you have any doubts about the content of your fabric, please don’t use it.
  • Please prewash all fabric with hot water, and dry on high heat. This step is to ensure pre-shrinkage. Area providers will sanitize the masks.
  • Please note the instructions involve the use of elastic, which can be hard to come by. As an alternative, you can use fabric ties (self-made ties, twill tape), one in each of the four corners. Each tie should have a finished length of 18 inches. Head to the instructions link for outlines how to make fabric ties.


Please call either of the numbers, below, for guidance on dropping off donated masks. We are establishing drop-off locations at most of our locations, which you can find on the left-hand column of our homepage.

Phone: 916-366-5372

Alternate number: 916-817-7574