Turban/Deaconess Mask


A simple, easy to launder face mask that can provide some protection when more robust options are not available.



  • Tightly-woven cotton fabric, eg; pretty print, pillowcase or boiled cotton t-shirts
  • Rope Elastic, beading cord elastic will work (you may also us 1/8” flat elastic) cut to 7” long tying a knot at each end (DO NOT knot the ends of the flat)
  • Sewing thread


  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors

Assembly Instructions

Deaconess Clinic, a fully integrated multispecialty group featuring primary care physicians as well as top specialty doctors, originally requested these masks. They have since received enough for the time being, but the masks still may be useful to other organizations. “Prior to modern disposable masks, washable fabric masks were standard use for hospitals,” said Dawn Rogers, MSN, RN, FNP-C, Patient Safety & Infection Prevention Office. “We will be able to sterilize these masks and use them repeatedly as needed. While it’s less than ideal, we want to do our best to protect our staff and patients during this pandemic.”

Orignal mask design by The Turban Project, a ministry started by the women of the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus Assembly #0830.



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