Handmade reusable fabric face masks made by Mickey Koth
These are not medical-grade face masks.
3/1/21
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These non-medical-grade face masks are made with two layers of pre-machine washed and dried 100% cotton, made in a smoke- and fragrance-free, two-cat home.
(How to wear a face mask from the CDC)
There are two sizes: medium for most adult faces and large for larger faces.
    * A medium mask averages 8 inches wide, and about 5 inches from the top of the mask near the nose to the bottom of the mask.
    * A large mask averages 9 inches wide, and about 6 inches from the top of the mask near the nose to the bottom of the mask.
    * These masks fit most people, but they may not fit a very narrow face or unusually shaped head. I may be able to adjust the pattern.
A removable pipe cleaner in a slot along the top of the mask allows you to fit the mask snugly to your nose.
    * If the pipe cleaner is difficult to reinsert, the seam may be blocking the slot. Carefully use a barbecue skewer to open the slot the entire way.
There is a pocket for a removable filter (paper towel, napkin, fabric, etc.; not included).
Elastic is used to hook the mask behind the ears. It is removable and could be replaced with another type of binding, such as shoe laces or T-shirt yarn.
Hand or machine wash, removing the pipe cleaner and any non-reusable filter. (How to wash a mask from the CDC)
Air or machine dry. (Don't microwave them, as some thread may be polyester or metallic, which can catch on fire in a microwave.)
What people are saying about the masks I make (keep in mind that all of these comments are from my friends)
Want to make your own face mask? Click here for both sew and no-sew instructions for non-medical-grade face masks.
How to buy one (or more) of these masks
The cost is $10.00 each (unless indicated otherwise), plus shipping (USPS only) if needed:
   * shipping cost may start as much as $3.80 (because a face mask, even in a regular envelope, doesn't lie flat, any given USPS clerk may consider it to be a parcel and charge accordingly.)
   * the price for each additional mask and for different distances will vary, depending on the USPS clerk.
   * if you live near me, they will be available for pick up from my house or, if you live nearby and offer adult beverages, I may deliver.
Send an e-mail to indicate your choice of mask(s). I will reply with my address so you can decide if pickup or mailing works best for you and the total cost (not including mailing).
Payment: I accept cash or Paypal, occasionally beer (although red wine season is starting...), sometimes bartering, or, if the situation gets really dire, toilet paper.
   * I will also accept up to half of the cost (up to $40) as a donation to The Animal Haven, a 501(c)(3), private, no-kill animal shelter in the New Haven, CT area.
Custom orders: e-mail me for multiple masks made from the same fabric or from custom fabric (I am not set up to do high-volume orders), for a large size mask, or for a mask for a narrow face or unusually shaped head. If you send your face measurements, I may be able to adjust my pattern to make a mask that conforms to your face.
The time required for customs orders will depend on demand and the vagaries of my 60-year-old sewing machine.

Face masks available for purchase
These are single medium size masks available immediately. There is only one of each and they are only medium size.
It will be a custom order if you would like more than one of any mask or a large mask.
Don't see anything you like? Send me an e-mail for other fabric choices.

#42 Patterned fabric, medium
#43 Flower fabric, medium
#50 Patterned fabric, medium
#67 Flower fabric, medium
#68 Leaf fabric, medium
#71 Hounds-tooth fabric, medium
#87 Snoopy/fall leaf fabric, medium
(2 available)

#95 Bicycle fabric, medium
#113 Cat fabric, medium
#116 Paw print fabric, medium
#122 Animal fabric, medium
#126 Fall leaf fabric, medium
#133 Acorn fabric, medium
#137 Patchwork fabric, medium
#138 Minnie Mouse fabric, medium
#141 Pumpkin fabric, medium
#144 Fall leaf fabric, medium
#153 Mickey Mouse fabric, medium
#154 Mickey Mouse fabric, medium
#155 Patterned fabric, medium
#160 Leaf fabric, medium
#161 Wine glass fabric, medium
#167 English bobby fabric, medium
#176 Windmill fabric, medium
#177 Frog fabric, medium
#183 RBG fabric, medium
#184 Flower fabric, medium
#186 Patterned fabric, medium
#189 Snoopy fabric, medium

See facemasks I've made and already sold. They are not available for purchase, but may be custom ordered.

Comments
(Keep in mind that all of these comments are from my friends):

* I have several of Mickey's masks. They're great, I don't use anything else. -- Rob L.
* They are fabulous: made beautifully and with a perfect fit. -- Phyllis J.
* It's by far the most comfortable mask I have, which is why I want more!
* They are the best masks I own! Very comfortable, great fabric, and they're my only masks with the wire in them. -- Amy S.
* The masks arrived today, and they are terrific. They are lovely, fit well, and so far seem less likely to fog up my glasses. -- Carol L.
* Your wonderful masks arrived today and they're my new favorites! The cut is perfect: generous around the chin and angled well from center to sides. The fabric is beautiful in look and feel.
* They are REALLY comfortable and the first I can wear without my glasses fogging! -- Mickey [no relation] R.
* My glasses fog up a little when I first put the mask on, but it subsides pretty quickly. I like the way the mask fits around my nose and slopes downward on the sides. When I try to fit regular paper masks under my glasses, the top edges of the mask brush the bottom of my eyes which is annoying and probably not a good idea in terms of spreading the virus. The pocket on your mask for a filter is also a great feature.
Make your own face mask
This is the pattern I used, with some slight modifications: Versatile face mask pattern
   * I consolidated the instructions from many pages to 2 pages (large PDF files): page 1 | page 2
   * and modified the template for medium and large face masks (large PDF files): medium face mask | large face mask: outer | inner

Other instructions/patterns:
How to sew a fabric face mask (New York Times) | Homemade cloth face coverings, both sew and no sew instructions; scroll down about half way (CDC)
No sew sock face mask (LA Times) | T-shirt fabric face mask | Face mask sewing pattern
Short YouTube video on how to make yarn from a T-shirt. (Warning: Turn the volume down--the music is execrable.)