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“I wear a mask for you and you wear one for me.”
Wearing a mask is a show of solidarity with our community. Wear a mask to show you care and are making an effort to keep others safe.
As the coronavirus pandemic evolves, so do the recommendations. One of the most recent recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is to wear “cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.”
"At least two peer-reviewed studies show that while DIY masks are not nearly as effective as commercial masks made for health care workers, they are far better than nothing. Homemade masks both limit the spread of infectious droplets in the air and discourage people from touching their faces." - New York Times
Why Should You Wear a Face Mask?
According to the American Lung Association, one in four people infected with COVID-19 might show mild symptoms or none at all. Using a cloth face covering when you're around others can help block large particles that you might eject through a cough, sneeze or unintentionally launched saliva (e.g., through speaking), which could slow the spread of transmission to others if you don't know you're sick.
"These types of masks are not intended to protect the wearer, but to protect against the unintended transmission -- in case you are an asymptomatic carrier of the coronavirus," the American Lung Association says in a blog post that discusses wearing homemade masks.
The CDC says not to seek out medical or surgical-grade masks for yourself and to leave thefor health care workers. We should be opting instead for basic cloth or fabric coverings that can be washed and reused.
After a bunch of trial and error, I finally decided on a cloth face mask pattern. Inspired by a pattern I saw designed by a nurse, I tweaked the filter pocket design and figured out a way to make the nose wire removable. I also created several sizes to help ensure a more personalized fit for everyone.
I love this one because it’s adjustable, fits your face nicely, easy to put on/off, won’t hurt your ears, has a filter pocket and a nose wire to help conform better to your face.
How to Order Our Masks
Simply choose your pattern from the options below to begin shopping.
- ADULT (Age 13+) - Fits both Male and Female
- CHILD 8-12
- CHILD 3-7
NOTE: The CDC specifically states that “cloth face coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.” Learn more about why you shouldn't place masks on babies here.
Keep in mind that the CDC recommends washing these after EACH use, so you may want an extra to wear while the other is being washed...
You will receive a 3-layer cotton mask with a filter pocket and removable nose wire. I will include one double-layered filter insert (the material I am using in my own mask, chosen based on this testing) and am happy to recommend other materials and where you can purchase them if you need ideas on what else you can use. You can now choose to add extra filters to your order too!
*NEW* We finally have cord stops in stock - yay!
Add an optional cord stop to your mask to make it even easier to put on/take off and adjust. Super helpful for those with longer hair!
WATCH THE VIDEO BELOW TO SEE HOW TO PUT ON THIS STYLE OF MASK.
Mask Care and Other Information
View this page for tips on proper fit, how to wash your mask and recommended replacement materials like filters or nose wires.
If you have any questions or requests, please feel free to email me. I am happy to help as best as I can!
DISCLAIMER: This homemade mask is not a medical-grade face mask regulated by the FDA, such as the N95 respirator, and is not meant to replace medical-grade PPE. Homemade cloth face masks have been recommended for use by the general public by the CDC. These may assist with blocking splashes and large-particle droplets, and may also block coughing or sneezing outward. Homemade face masks do not provide complete protection from germs and other contaminants. Social distancing, hand washing often and not touching your face is the best way to protect yourself. A homemade mask may help prevent you from transmitting a virus if you have one. You can be asymptomatic for two weeks before showing symptoms! We are not responsible for any damage from any use, or misuse of our masks and make no claims about its efficacy. Proper use of properly fitted medical-grade personal protective equipment is still the best way to prevent virus infection.