These masks have a woven cotton lining instead of a knit cotton lining. Other than that, they are identical in construction to our other masks.
After making fabric masks for friends and family, we are offering our extras here for the cost of shipping. Upon checkout, you will see the option to add a donation to your total. If you can afford (without hardship!) to donate toward this project, it will help enable us to continue offering masks to those who need but cannot afford them. Any amount is appreciated!
In the pattern options, *OOPS! = One side of the mask has the fabric design upside down. This doesn't affect the mask in any substantial way.
Masks are limited to four per customer per day. Orders of more than 4 masks will be cancelled and refunded. Please don't buy more than you need! We will replenish supplies as quickly as we can. Please keep in mind we are a very small shop with only a few employees!
Large: 6" down the center line and 8-9" across. Medium: 5.5" down the center line and 7.75-8" across.
All masks are made with cotton outer fabric and lining. Ties are made from cotton knit and can be cut to suit your needs. Lining and tie color varies. These masks are made to fit snugly against the face, and can be tucked under the bottom edge of eyeglasses. They can be safely laundered after use and reworn.
These masks are not meant as a substitute for medical grade personal protective equipment. They are meant to help reduce the spread of particles from coughing, sneezing, or talking. They can also serve as a physical reminder not to touch your face. They can also be used to prolong the life of PPE like N95 masks. Wearing a mask should be a complement to other protective measures (such as hand washing, social distancing, and disinfecting surfaces), not as a substitute for them.
By the time the mask(s) reach you, they will have been encased in plastic zip-lock bags for over three days (the current maximum time the virus is believed to live on surfaces). However, we still recommend you wash your mask(s) before wearing them.
From the CDC:
CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others. Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.
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.
The cloth face coverings recommended are not surgical masks or N-95 respirators. Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
Should cloth face coverings be washed or otherwise cleaned regularly? How regularly? Yes. They should be routinely washed depending on the frequency of use.
How does one safely sterilize/clean a cloth face covering? A washing machine should suffice in properly washing a face covering.
How does one safely remove a used cloth face covering? Individuals should be careful not to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth when removing their face covering and wash hands immediately after removing.