We have been busy bees over here and we wanted to give you a few updates! Many people are contacting us about mask making with some common questions, so we wanted to address those for you, especially as more cities begin to require them (they are required here in San Diego for all essential businesses as of Saturday 4/4/20).
Note: We are prioritizing orders for fabric that will be used for masks and other essential items.
The most common questions pertain to fabric choices and patterns. As far as fabric, woven cottons are perfect. It's not too heavy (which won't make you too hot) and washes well. Many people are enjoying using a soft knit against the face. If you will need your mask for daily use, you'll want a few on rotation. Masks are also great during and after our notorious California fires, so keep those babies handy!
Here are some beautiful masks made by San Diego local, Kim of Farm Girl Cloth Co.! You can follow her on Instagram here.
Masks can be made with elastic, nylon, or ties (I personally prefer ties from bias tape). The masks shown here are made from nylon and elastic and were donated to local San Diego hospitals. Here is a great FREE mask pattern by Dana of Made Everyday.
Meanwhile, we've been emptying off bolts like crazy and have new fabric options on the way, so keep an eye out on what's new!
Thank you guys!!! Most of these orders have been for masks... both for personal use and for donating to various locations.
As so many businesses are forced to close and cease operations, we are grateful to be supplying essential goods to so many of you—especially those of you with allergies or intolerances to the chemicals often found in conventional cotton products.
For the past 4 years that we have been in business, medical use has been a major part of our market, especially for people undergoing chemotherapy. We are so happy to be here to serve you all—especially during these difficult times.
Thank you all for your continued support and for the help you are all giving around our communities!
Gaby and Clarissa
P.S. You can find more info and additional mask tutorials on this next blog post.
I love her tutorials and patterns. So easy to follow and my work turns out beautiful!
As overwhelming as it all is after hearing that one of my repeat Etsy customers cardiac unit turned into a covid unit I knew I couldn’t stop making masks. So many stories of essential people not having proper gear. I’m so glad to be part of those helping! ❤️
So cool, I’ve been making them for friends and neighbors. I’ve also been making surgeons caps, because apparently those are also in need. And this morning I’m going to figure out the headbands with buttons…those have been requested as well. So much need and I feel like us sewists are really getting our chance to shine! <3
I’d never thought of why it might be important to make masks from organic cotton! Thanks for sharing!
Hi, Gaby! I just ordered some fat quarter bundles (woohoo! Something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time – and after receiving those awesome sachets, I’m finally getting my act together!), and I’ve been looking at different mask patterns, eating to make sure whatever we make will be able to be used. I’d love to sign up for the fabric giveaway! Thank you for providing links to masks and for doing this and being just awesome in general!