Vintage Design Cloth Napkin (Can Use for DIY Masks) - Set of 3
We were planning to launch these reusable vintage pattern napkins online and then realized they would work perfectly for those hoping to DIY a face mask quickly.
The 3 napkin bundle price is discounted 50% off regular retail to make it easily accessible for those who need a quick mask solution. We will not be restocking these once sold out as the maker of the napkins is focused on their own mask donations right now.
Please note, this is a reusable napkin made of high quality, closely woven cotton or linen fabric, new material printed with vintage style patterns or solids. The texture of most are smooth although there are some with more texture. Each pattern is completely random. You will get what you get, most likely a mix of 3 unique colors or patterns. The edges of each napkin are carefully sewn to make a durable and washable product. Each are handmade in the USA by Dot & Army, also a mother + daughter team!
What you get
These napkins come in a convenient set of 3. Hair ties or rubber bands not included. The napkins are not folded into masks, you will have to do it yourself with one of the DIYs below. Dimensions 18" x 18".
Dinner napkin to mask transformation (no sewing skills required)
A couple notes - if you are a medical professional check out the CDC guidelines regarding mask safety and take advantage of one of the many small businesses (several listed below) gifting free masks to medical facilities and professionals.
The purpose of the DIY pictured here is for usage by individuals who need a mask for work (while practicing social distancing of 6 feet or more) or those who must venture out of the home for necessities. We make no claims as to the effectiveness of this DIY in preventing disease. We recommend to avoid touching the face when wearing a mask and wash your mask after use in hot water - don't keep reusing the same one.
Takes about 2 minutes to fold this. We had to try it a couple times to get the fold the way we wanted. We used rubber bands but for better comfort try hair ties or even cut up sections of nylon stockings or socks (Tutorial #1 talks about this!)
You can also cut out a coffee filter or blue shop towel and insert inside the folds to filter better.
Are you skeptical about DIY or handmade masks? No problem, read the official CDC recommendation here. We think that N95 masks need to go to doctors and DIYs like this can help relieve the extreme lack of supply so doctors and hospitals can get what they need.
What do do with these later?
When you no longer need a mask around (after this pandemic is under control), wash the cloth again and you have a beautiful cloth napkin to use at home or for picnics or at work!
Buy or donate masks with these small businesses
Each of the small businesses below are hand-making masks in the USA with fair wages and excellent working conditions. They are practicing social distancing and workplace sanitation. They are donating either 100% of masks to healthcare professionals and frontline workers (and asking for donations to cover costs) or using a 50/50, buy a mask, donate a mask model.
Keep in mind that due to USA wages, variations in materials costs and design intricacy, these are not going to be as cheap as disposable overseas-made masks.
Hedley & Bennett - $22 Wake up and Fight Mask - I bought one of these and waiting for it to ship, they appear to be quite slammed with orders. They donate one to a hospital for each one sold (so you are really buying two), and it has a space for a coffee filter or other filter to be inserted. The design is really nice!
Whimsy + Row - $10 simple cotton mask - buy one and donate one model. Whimsy + Row founder Rachel is one of our long time vendor buddies from doing craft fairs and flea markets! She has transformed her company over the years and now manufactures her own line right in LA and has a beautiful storefront she built out in Venice.
MATE the label - donation only - contribute to their effort to donate masks! They are not available for personal use just able to be donated to healthcare professionals, grocery workers and more. MATE uses the highest quality organic cotton and manufactures in LA using labor paid fair wages. I own their leggings and LOVE them. Seriously the softest fabrics ever.
Dot & Army - Donation only! They are a mother - daughter team just like us and are hand-making each mask right in Georgia and donating 800 of them. They made the beautiful napkins we have here. Consider shopping from their site or sending them donations to help support their efforts. It's really hard right now for small businesses and any support helps.
Marley's Monsters - mostly donation, selling a few occasionally! You have to follow them on Instagram to get word of any available for sale to the public. They are mostly donating to local hospitals. They are designed to be worn over N95 masks for healthcare professionals who are forced to reuse masks due to the shortage. This company is AMAZING and they make many of the reusable fabric products we sell here like UnPaper® towels. They also sell some of our products in their store in Oregon.
Christy Dawn - The Sustainable Mask - 10 pack for $30 (5 for you, 5 are donated). This made in LA company has beautiful dresses - we've admired their designs for years. It's great to see them helping out during these times. They pay fair wages and have a safe working environment, all products are sewn in house.
Short story: they did actual particle count testing and figured out how to make a close-to-medical-grade mask that filters out around 85% of particles the size of coronavirus. Pretty darn good and better for healthcare professionals than cotton masks, assuming N95 masks are unavailable.
Heather from SUAY runs a sewing shop that is essentially a non-profit (she loses money on its operations because she pays all workers above minimum wage and gives on the job training), but it's not structured that way yet. She's working on getting it set up as a real non-profit for the future.
What are your plans for face masks? Did you find a good pattern you like? Let us know your recommended businesses to shop from or DIYs!