Improved fit! I'm releasing about 50 masks at a time to keep the shipping time low without getting overwhelmed.
Get your pandemic chic on! Non-medical face masks can help you keep your hands off your face and your sneezes to yourself. Inspired by the best patterns in the volunteer face mask making mobilization of early 2020, this original pattern features a great fit, a pocket to tuck in an optional filter, a removeable nose bridge wire, and multiple comfortable ways to attach and wear. Each mask is made with 3 layers of tightly woven cotton with an internal opening to insert your own filter if you wish. See below for information on how to access FREE MASKS for essential workers, and my commitment to mask donation and mutual aid. The regular adult size is pretty flexible and fits most people. Kids' sizing is great up to about age 10. XL works great for people who tend to need extra large sizes in hats and helmets. Drop me a note if you have any questions about sizing or anything else. I'm sewing as fast and I can for you. :-)
To wash, remove metal nose stay and wash as normal. Use a steam or sanitizing wash if desired. If sterilization is desired, follow recommendations from your health care provider or health department. Possible methods might include boiling, baking at 180ºF/85ºC for 30 minutes, or using microwave steam sterilization bags, like the kind used for breast pump parts. If using a microwave, FIRST REMOVE THE METAL NOSE STAY!
To wear, tie cotton tape around the nape of neck and crown of head, or secure elastic loops around the backs of ears. Tape and elastic can be threaded through the side channels, allowing for the mask to move up or down along the cord for easy loosening, or tied to the side loops to achieve a snug fit that pulls from each corner. Illustrations are included with your order.
If you are a healthcare provider or essential worker and you need a mask, you can request one from Mask-Match.com or find a local group at SewFaceMasks.com. You can also look for local groups organizing on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and mutual aid networks. I have donated nearly 40 masks and counting! I am committed to donating masks and preparation work to the volunteer efforts in my area. The decision to sell came after several friends of mine reached out and asked for masks for themselves or loved ones with risk factors, insisting on paying me so I could keep making more for donation. After some soul-searching, I decided to list them for sale. I thought it would be unethical to use a donated pattern for commercial use, so I improved upon the best patterns I'd found and tested. This is the result!
These are weird times. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, I thought about whether sewing nerds could help health care workers with fabric masks. I quickly discarded the idea after reading a study showing that washable cotton masks don't meet the filtration performance of surgical masks. I figured that the only way to contribute responsibly would be to work with manufacturers who could provide top-tier materials and perform quality testing before distribution.
But that very night I started seeing pleas from hospitals for homemade masks to help with the critical PPE shortage, along with designs that they were requesting. Over the next 2 weeks, I helped organize volunteers and vetted and disseminated reliable information. I tested samples of several patterns and incorporated feedback on the fit from healthcare providers who tested my prototypes. I spent days guiding people to resources, helping fellow sewers, writing instructions to help out an excellent patternmaker who didn't feel confident about her English writing skills, and vetted some of the ocean of information that was pouring in by then.
We know that cotton masks are not a substitute for N95 masks or even simple surgical masks, with a filtration rate of about 60% instead of the 80% or so typical of surgical masks. But we also know that providers are trying to make do in a shortage that never should have occurred. When we wear reusable masks we conserve conventional PPE for health care providers. We're also starting to see advice that the public wear masks or bandanas to prevent viral spread by asymptomatic carriers. When you wear a mask out in public, you're not walling yourself off from the virus but you're keeping your hands out of you mouth and nose, and you're doing your part to protect those around you. Maybe "I promise not to sneeze on you" is a new love language, who knows! Now you can do it with llamas. Or robots. Or cats. You get the picture. Stay safe in there!
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118 reviews0 out of 5 stars
My family and I are so impressed by how well put together these masks are. Steph formed a mask that doesn't make your face feel squeezed in, and is very comfortable while having multiple layers so you feel confident that you have decent protection. I spent 10 years as a hospital employee and really appreciate a mask that fits well - these really do. The kids sizes fit our 10 year old and our 5 year old really well, and the XL is perfect for my husband. We are already placing a second order.
You never know what you will get when you order online. You can be assured that what you order from BeeBalm will be top quality. It only were my masks well made and shipped quickly; but great pains were taken to assure their product was produced, packed and shipped as sanitary as possible. Comforting in these troubling times. Thank you BeeBalm. Would definitely order from them again!
Having tried several different masks now, this was by far the best. Some issues I've had with others: 1. Painful on the ears - not a problem with ties used here 2. Feeling like you're suffocating because the mask sucks in and sticks to your nose and mouth when you breath - these were designed with extra fabric at the front to prevent this. FINALLY, I won't feel like I'm dying in Costo. THANK YOU! And of note, this doesn't take away from the seal of the mask. The metal nose piece, wide fabric sides, and adjustable ties still make it easy to create a seal. You can just still breath with that seal, hallelujah! Also, can I just say that one of the things I read in prior reviews were about the attention to detail put into these, and it is SO TRUE. They are so comfortable, so cute, and the directions included are fabulous!
These masks are great! They are made very well and a lot of caution is taken in how they are packaged and mailed to avoid contamination. The fit is a little different than my other masks but I really like how these give some room around my nose and mouth so the fabric isn’t right up against them. It makes it easier to breathe. Steph was very friendly to worth with, quick to respond to questions, and kept me up to date throughout the process. I highly recommend these 🙂
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