Theatre Bay Area is partnering with Make Me PPE Bay Area to organize efforts in the performing arts sector to make bulk amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

SEW UP! is the brainchild of local solo performer and palliative care nurse Elaine Magree, Marin Shakespeare Company managing director Lesley Currier, and Theatre Bay Area.

Read how our performing arts community is taking part in the PPE making movement.

"Bay Area costume departments make masks to fight coronavirus" , April 2nd Datebook SF Chronicle

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Questions? Please email Nicky Martinez, programs coordinator, at


How to participate in SEW UP!

Step 1:

Join the Make Me PPE Bay Area Facebook Group or email

Step 2:

Requests from facilities are posted in the Facebook Group.

  • PLEASE NOTE: When choosing which request you will work on, consider the following:
  • Is this facility close enough that you can drop off your completed masks?
  • If you are unable to drive, is this facility close enough for a driver local to your area to drop it off? 

Step 3

Once you've chosen a request to work on, comment on the corresponding Facebook post (or email with the number of masks you anticipate you can make within 24-72 hrs of commentingWe want to ensure that requests can be completed in a timely manner, please complete any requests you commit to.

Before you begin, please take a moment to review recommended procedures, acceptable fabrics, vetted patterns, and video tutorials in the General Resources section or on the Make Me PPE Bay Area website.

Step 4:

Please print/fill out this delivery form ( so that facilities are fully informed on the supplies they are receiving. Include the form with your completed masks.

Step 5:

Please let us know when you are done with a batch of masks by emailing us at In the email,

  • Tell us which request # it was
  • Tell us how many masks you made
  • Tell us if you dropped it off or if you would like us to coordinate a driver to pick this order up and deliver to facility
  • Completed requests will be deleted so as to not confuse ongoing requests


Information for Organizations

Thank you for your interest. We are looking to activate costume shops and staffs who have been disrupted. Whether you are able to donate materials or are able to mobilize your costuming team, please contact



General Resources for Making PPE

Information below provided by the Make Me PPE Bay Area website.

Safety Information for Volunteers:

  • Please do your part to social distance. This means, please stay home, arrange a curbside pickup, do not go to the fabric stores to buy fabric. We are all trying to “flatten the curve” and while our efforts will help, it will be more harmful if you catch the virus or if you have it and do not know it. We are working to identify who has fabric to share (hopefully near where you live) where we can use front porch pickup/drop off to share supplies.
  • Please ensure that your workspace has been disinfected upon beginning to make any PPE.
  • Please ensure that you have washed your hands according to CDC hand-washing guidelines before beginning to make any PPE.
  • Wet your hands with clean, running water, turn off the tap and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end TWICE.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.
  • Please refrain from touching your face while making PPE.

Other helpful links for sanitation practices:

Fabric Selection & Preparation:

Acceptable Fabrics Unacceptable Fabrics
  •  100% Cotton
  • Cotton/Poly blend (50% cotton or more)
  • Lighter colors are preferred (so as to easily identify soiled material)
  • Flannel
  • Denim
  • Spandex
  • Latex Elastic

Tie Materials:

We recommend using fabric ties as opposed to elastic. Feedback on elastic tie masks suggests that the elastic melts in autoclave during sterilization when it is being washed by healthcare facilities.

Bias tape is acceptable.

Fabric Preparation:

  • Please wash your fabric on HOT.
  • Place in Dryer to PRESHRINK fabric before beginning.
  • Ironing after it is dry can be helpful.


3 Layer Mask Pattern (Created for Crisis Pattern) Video Tutorial
This pattern has been reviewed by CDC and top healthcare professionals.

N95 Cover  (Provided by Phoebe Health)

2 Layer Mask Pattern (Published by Kaiser Permanente)

2 Layer Mask with Filter Pocket (Published by Created For Crisis) Video Tutorial
Note: It is not the responsibility of the volunteer to provide a filter, this mask will not be delivered to the facility with a filter (this is for a facility that has filters but no mask)