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Where to buy locally made masks for the whole family

Our families will be heading out into the world again soon, and it has become increasingly clear that the future will be masked. Here are some tips about who should wear them and when, as well as where to buy some cool ones online for the whole family.

On May 13, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan lifted the statewide stay-at-home order that was issued in March. He replaced it with his “safer at home” policy, which relaxes some of the restrictions, as he moved the state into Phase One of his recovery plan. The new Safer at Home policy continues to direct people to wear masks in indoor public settings, in retail stores and on public transportation. In addition, residents must remain six feet apart in public settings.

So, who should be wearing masks?

The CDC recommends that everyone over the age of 2 should wear a mask in public. Governor Hogan has directed that masks are optional for kids between the ages of 2 and 9. According to his office, “for children ages 2 to 9, customers shall use “reasonable efforts” to have children use face coverings. Retail staff also must wear face coverings, as well as food service workers who interact with customers.”

So if you have a young child who is leery of masks, you are in the clear. If you have a child who is willing and able to wear one, it’s for the best. Here are a few recommendations from the CDC to remember when wearing a mask.

According to the CDC, cloth face coverings should “fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face, be secured with ties or ear loops, include multiple layers of fabric, allow for breathing without restriction, and be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape.”

The CDC recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain. Also, that “When in public, keep the mask on, and don’t touch the front of the mask,” and “Be sure to wash reusable cloth masks or dispose of a disposable mask after every use.”

So, Get Your Mask On!

As you get ready to head back out into the world with your masks on, you’ll first need a mask!

Here are several places to buy from locally, as well as a few your kids will fawn over even if they aren’t made here. Many places have masks available for delivery several weeks away, so don’t delay in ordering yours now. We highlighted businesses that had a safe way to buy online, either through their own websites or Etsy. You can also ask around in your neighborhood groups online to find out who has been making them at home and purchase that way.

You can also call Here. A Pop Up Shop in Annapolis, or Whimsicality in Cape St. Claire. Both stores are selling masks made locally and offer curbside pickup.

Locally Made Masks

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Balanced Stitches
Balanced Stitches had barely opened its door when the coronavirus started spreading. So the owner was able to dive right into mask making. These masks are made with pre-shrunk fabric to maintain sizing, a formable nose bridge to ensure a good fit, a pocket to accept additional filter material if desired, and soft knit ties which can be configured as over-the-head ties or ear loops. Masks come in cute designs, basic patterns and solid colors. Sizes kids through adults (as well as handy sizing guide). $16.

 

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JennyJen42
This Baltimore seamstress makes some really cool patterned reusable face masks with filter pockets. They’re washable, featuring two layers, elastic around head, and quilter’s cotton. Patterns are Charley Harper themed and come in kids and adult sizes. $13–$18. 

 

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NeatoKiddo
This Etsy shop out of Towson sells kid masks with great designs, super-soft ear loops, available in kids sizes 3–8 and 9–13. $11.

 

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ButterBean Boutique
If you’ve got a kid who loves all things shiny, ButterBean Boutique’s masks (made in Greenbelt, Md.) have you covered (literally!) with shiny, tie-dye and iridescent masks. They’re washable, with nose wires, and attach around the back of the head, rather than ears. Available in kid sizes age 2–5; 6–9; 10–12. $15.

 

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Cough Suppressor Masks
Cough Suppressor masks are made by Nightmare Graphics in Columbia. These masks, made for kids and adults, are very popular and sell out fast when they’re available. They are machine washable, anti-microbial, comfortable, and come in great styles, including the Maryand flag pattern. Follow Nightmare Graphics on Facebook to find out when new masks are available. $12. 

Not Local, But Still Plenty Cool

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Vista Print
Makers of cool cards, signs, and photo gifts, Vista Print added masks to its game. They come in a wide variety of patterns and designs for kids and adults, and range from $13–$18. They’re designed for comfort, with adjustable ear straps.

 

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Cub Coats
What kiddo doesn’t want to transform their face into an adorable animal face? These cute, machine-washable masks come with elastic ear-loops and a shapeable metal nose-piece for a comfortable and secure fit. Added bonus, you can order a matching stuffed animals or hoodie! $12.99 for a two-pack.

 

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Disney!
Disney is out to get kids interested in wearing masks with designs from Star Wars, Disney Princesses, Pixar characters including Monsters, Inc., and Forky, and Marvel characters. Not surprisingly, the masks ($19.99 for a set of 4) are mostly sold out, but if you keep your eye out you’ll eventually get lucky, or be able to pre-order a new design.

 

Want to make your own mask? Here’s how!

If you have kids who are afraid of masks, here’s how to help them adapt.

 

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