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100.000 masks for


Our way to support the everyday heroes.

The crowd-helping campaign in times of corona.


Currently it is difficult to obtain necessary protective masks worldwide. But they are very important for our everyday heroes: nursing homes, aid organizations and many social institutions urgently need masks to protect employees and at-risk persons from the corona virus.


With #StayHomeAndSew we show you how you can produce face masks quickly and easily at home and which institutions in your area are currently desperately looking for them. 


Note: Self-sewn face masks do not guarantee protection against viruses! But they can reduce the risk of infecting others. Self-sewn masks can therefore be a sensible alternative to protective masks as long as there are supply shortages.

#StayHomeAndSew in Zahlen:


"We don't see ourselves as heroes. When your appreciation takes the form of face masks, we feel very touched. I thank you all for your support!" 

Sibylle Goll, nurse in the old people's and nursing home in Ditzingen

What you need to start sewing



Make sure that the fabric is boil-proof cotton.


Handicraft wire, pipe cleaner or, if necessary, bent paper clips or hair pins.

Sewing machine

Alternatively, you can also use needle & thread. But it will take longer...


No iron at home? Maybe it works with a hot pan... or maybe you should ask the neighbour? ;)

Additionally: scissors, ruler, pins


Note: The tutorial is currently only available in German

Step-by-step instructions

Step 1

Draw dimensions on cardboard or transfer them directly to the fabric. Then cut out.

1x 17 cm x 34 cm (mask part) 

2x 4 cm x 91 cm (head bands) 

2x 4 cm x 17 cm (edge reinforcement) 

Step 2

Fold and iron the mask piece once in the middle along the long edge. Then make three folds in the fabric (1.3 cm deep), pin and iron flat.

Step 3

Fold the ends of the two headbands 0.5 cm inwards and iron them. Also iron the long outer edges inwards. Finally, lay the headbands on top of each other in the middle, iron them and fix them flush with needles or clips.

Step 4

Fold over and iron the edge reinforcements along the long outer edge by 0.5 cm. Fold in the middle, iron flush and pin in place.

Step 5

Cut a 15 cm long wire and fold the ends once so that the wire cannot pierce the fabric.

Step 6

Insert the wire into an edge reinforcement. Then insert the mask part into the edge reinforcement and fix it. Reinforce the horizontal 17 cm long edges. Sew the mask piece with a straight stitch and fix the edges.

Step 7

Repeat the procedure for the second edge reinforcement.

Step 8

Sew the ends of the headbands first. Then locate and mark the middle of the headbands.

Step 9

Place the mask part in the middle of the headgear and fix it. Close the open side of the headgear with a straight stitch and sew it to the mask part.

Step 10

Repeat the procedure for the second headgear. Finally, remove the protruding threads. Done!

Note: Self-sewn masks do not guarantee protection against viruses! But they can reduce the risk of infecting others.


We hereby expressly point out that StayHomeAndSew does not accept any liability for the effectiveness, manufacture or proper use of the face masks. Any claim for damages against StayHomeAndSew due to injury to life, body or health - regardless of whether from the user or the respective opposite party - is excluded. The manufacture / use of the face masks is exclusively at the user's own risk. A face mask can reduce the probability of an infection, but cannot eliminate any risks. The use of a face mask should always be in conjunction with further preventive measures. To this end, the hygiene regulations of the Robert Koch Institute must be observed without fail.

Sending your masks

We thank you very much for your commitment!

Click here for a list of all institutions that are urgently looking for self-made fabric masks. Choose an institution and send your masks to the address given.

Help us to keep track.

Please use the contact form to tell us how many masks you have sent to which institution. This is the only way we can keep the list up-to-date and ensure that all institutions are supplied with fabric masks.



An initiative from the makers of the Save the World Tour.

Special thanks to Julia Flohr (Instructions/Tutorial), Franziska Zobel (Illustrations), Sophia Schwenkert (Legal), Lisa Schuhmacher (Icons), 

sowie Tim Kohlen (Twitter, Translation), Theresa Holz, Sibylle Goll, Franziska Goll, Sarah Damours & Jonas Penzely (Support)


Of course, you can also wear your self-sewn face mask yourself. You set an example and protect others. Many celebrities already call for this under the hashtag #maskeauf.


Virologist Christian Drosten explains how exactly others are protected in the NDR Podcast.

You need masks? Tell us where!

Facilities that have a need for masks can contact the #StayHomeAndSew team via the contact form below. The demand will appear shortly after in the list of facilities on StayHomeAndSew. The sewers will then send their fabric masks in a package directly to the institution.


Frequently asked questions

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