This spring, the Washington State Department of Health recommended that individuals wear a cloth mask when appropriate social distancing cannot be maintained. Instances like "trips to the grocery store, pharmacy, hardware store, health clinic or similar places." Masks do not take the place or priority over six feet of distance or proper hand washing, but according to the Department of Health, they do play a role in keeping us all well.
Before coronavirus became part of our every day, I'm confident that few of us ever considered that masks might be part of our daily wear. But here we are — it's time to get your mask on! When it comes to masks, you have the option to use an official, medical-grade mask (although during PPE shortages those should generally be reserved for healthcare professionals), put together a jimmy-rigged version like a bandana, sew your own or support a local small business by purchasing a cloth mask in a variety of fabrics and styles.
Whether you need a mask for your next grocery run or want to send one to your mom for her upcoming doctor's visit, consider buying from one of these awesome shops.
If you know of a small local business making masks, please email email@example.com and we will add them to our list!
Usually, a baby product company, Chickadee Baby Company, recently added face masks to their lineup. Mother-daughter team, Andrea and Shelley, have such attention to detail and truly create beautiful styles when it comes to face masks and many other products. Shop here and tune into their Tuesday drops for new fabric patterns each week.
Snug as a Mug specializes in handmade coffee cozies, except for in times of national crisis, then they transform into snug as a mask! Masks have been selling out quickly, but restocking quickly as well, often with same day or next day shipping.
Seattle Refined's favorite sister shop is making waves again! With thousands of masks under their belt, they're taking orders on Facebook and Instagram. If you are looking for sports fabric options, Scrunchies By Mar is the place to shop!
Best known for their headbands, Pieces to Peaces quickly switched gears and developed two amazing mask related products: masks with a fashionable back tie and "hero headbands" designed just for healthcare workers who wear medical masks and suffer from sore ears. For everyday masks, act now because they have cheetah print in stock! You can also adopt a healthcare worker and gift a hero headband.
For starters, if you have a little girl in your life, you'll love Purple Rose Bows. And, well, if you don't and you're on the lookout for fresh and fun masks, you'll love them for their mask assortment! Purple Rose Bows has many prints kids will love, too!
Nikkie Chambers owns this small business out of Issaquah and is currently selling handmade face masks. Chambers said the glitter masks are by far the most popular, and there are tons of colors to choose from!
There are dozens of different patterns, designs and colors for masks available from this Seattle-based shop.
Seattle's Splash Fabric has a variety of cotton face masks available.
Buy a mask, donate to a good cause! This shop is donating 20% of face mask sales toward providing healthcare workers with PPE and masks.
This small business typically makes art out of reclaimed materials but is currently making masks. You can find a post with more information on the Potato Creek Punkery's Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This shop out of Shelton has masks available for purchase in a variety of patterns and designs.
Strideline, a Seattle-based custom sock manufacturer, is making custom athletic face masks.
This Edmonds-based shop is currently making three-layer, reversible masks custom made for each customer.
This Seattle-based sustainable gift brand has, like many others, pivoted to making face masks. They are sold in packs of two, and for every one purchased, they donate a mask to a frontline worker.
Chris Eisenberg has been making and donating masks since the beginning of the pandemic to hospitals in New York, Los Angeles, Seattle and Kitsap peninsula. Orders for specific colors, solids or prints are accepted.
Like so many other businesses, this cat cafe has switched to creating masks during the coronavirus pandemic. For every mask bought, they are donating one to essential workers.
This company based in Bremerton is selling a variety of face masks.
This company in West Seattle offers two-ply cotton masks for free to the elderly, unemployed and medical personnel. You can reserve yours by emailing email@example.com; lead time is two to three weeks. They also offer three-ply masks for $15 each, with a lead time of two to three weeks, as well.