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Sunday, August 9, 2020

A Reader Question for the Community: Made in USA Masks?


A Reader Question for the Community:
I noticed that Sailor Rose is offering masks in many of their popular fabrics with some sold out already. I was wondering if you have had the opportunity to try any made in USA masks and what your thoughts were. I have a feeling these might just be a very popular holiday gift this year.  
Just purchased two from SR...

13 comments:

  1. I have been making my own, so I guess that makes them US made! It is simple and cost effective to purchase fabric and elastic online, with many sellers in the US and Britain stocking fabrics like Liberty of London. Many free patterns are also available, for several popular styles of mask. A “fat quarter” will generally make 4 masks, so you can have a wide variety of colors and patterns for yourself or gifting.

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    1. I have also been using old Liberty lawn to make masks--for our family, friends, and hospitals. I had been saving the Liberty fabric for "something special." I guess a pandemic is special enough!

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  2. If you make your own, be sure to add a pocket for a filter. A single layer of cotton or the like may not work well. A study showed the gaiter type masks may make things worse than no mask at all by breaking droplets into smaller aerosolized droplets that hang in the air.

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  3. LA made makes them for kids and adults. The kids versions are very sturdy with good shape, straps, and thicker washable fabric. They have colors as well as some more colorful versions.

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  4. Are fabric masks the best choice? Do people prefer these to kn 95s?

    David J Cooper

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  5. American Giant has some that are quite comfortable and have copper and silver in the fabric for their anti-microbial properties. Apologies if this is a repeat, my first comment appears to have been swallowed up. YDM

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  6. I just ordered some from Ambrust. They are out of Texas where they manufacture and ship on-site. I highly recommend them as they also had pictures of their facility and manufacturing process on their website. Thought it was nice of them to be transparent. Shipping was very fast from TX to CT.

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  7. Ledbury Clothing in Virginia. Their masks are cool and comfortable. Shipping takes a while; their store was heavily damaged during the protests in the city and that set their production back a bit. (Their shirts are great too!)

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  8. Over the years, I have purchased bow ties online from Beau Ties Ltd. and Cordial Churchman--both are small businesses that make their products in the U.S. Both have also started offering face masks. We've purchased them in gingham, seersucker, and Liberty of London prints. I'm very satisfied and recommend both.

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  9. hertlingusa.com is a good source. Their face mask aid program donates masks as part of your purchase.

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