Masks & Face Coverings

Last updated: 11th October 2020

Where can I get reusable ones in Todmorden, that support local independents?

Ready-made masks can be bought from the following local independent businesses:

Please feel free to suggest other local businesses by contacting Cat Byrne on Messenger or by email.

If you work in healthcare and require a set of masks for you and your colleagues, get in touch with Scrubs Hub Todmorden on facebook.

Scrubs Hub Todmorden are registered with Scrubs For Calderdale GPs, and provide scrubs, masks, scrub caps and wash bags to healthcare workers, at no cost. These are made voluntarily by experienced machinists in the community.

How can I make them?

You can purchase all the materials you’ll need to make your own from A Stitch in Time Haberdashery (in the indoor market).

Option 1 – by hand or machine

You don’t need a sewing machine to help make face coverings for the community, just basic hand sewing skills, and an iron for making pleats.

We highly recommend this video on YouTube which explains the process, although we recommend folding the hem twice (rather than just once), as this helps the mask not fall apart as quickly in the wash.

As this requires extra fabric, the updated fabric measurements are:

  • SMALL (kids): 16cm x 32cm
  • MEDIUM (women & teenagers): 18cm x 36cm
  • LARGE (men): 20cm x 40cm

If you have suitable elastic, the measurements in the video are correct:

  • SMALL: 15cm each (you can also use new hair elastics)
  • MEDIUM: 17cm each
  • LARGE: 19cm each

But if like me, you’re struggling to find elastic, there is another way! I’ve been making adjustable ties with T-shirt yarn (which you can make yourself from T-shirts). The ties are adjustable because of a sliding knot, and are super comfortable to wear. I made a terrible video explaining how. I actually prefer these to elastic ties now.

If you do decide you want to help make these, I recommend packaging them individually in zip-lock food bags, or film fronted paper bags, including these Size Labels and Instructions.

Get in touch with me on Messenger or by email, and I will happily share materials and adjustable ties.

Option 2 – by machine

If you have a sewing machine, and are comfortable using it, then please consider joining Scrubs Hub Todmorden. They make masks and other essentials free of charge for healthcare workers, and will supply you with their preferred pattern.


We are currently seeking:

  • 100% cotton fabric (oddments welcome)
  • Polycotton fabric
  • 100% cotton Men’s shirts (each one makes at least 7 face coverings!)
  • Good condition bedding and pillow covers (cotton or polycotton)
  • Interfacing
  • Overlock thread

Resources are shared between Todmorden Kindess and Scrubs Hub!

Donations can be given to Cat Byrne or Mary Clear.