Who would have guessed a year ago that masks would be the thing we needed most for kids to return to school this year? Our schools are planning for a mixed method when they return – half in-person teaching and half virtual. All of the in-person teaching in my area will require a mask and the question has been where to buy cloth masks?
A few months ago, my mom started making masks for us. She’s become a master at various styles and it’s been fun to see what fabric patterns we can find. I’ve started making masks, but I haven’t quite perfected the children’s sizes. Both of my children will wear them (usually without complaint) if we’re in a public space, and I know I need more for each of the, unless I like to wash masks each day (which I don’t.)
I’ve noticed a lot of the less expensive masks are ones with pockets for a filter. I prefer the three-layer masks (so three layers of fabric) so I don’t have to fool around with a filter. I have some of each style, though. In this weird world, mask preferences will definitely vary.
So here are several options for purchasing masks – and they won’t break the bank!
Where to buy cloth masks:
Mabel’s Labels has been a longtime favorite company of mine (I have labels for both kids, and they’ve lasted YEARS!!) I have no doubt they make a great cloth face mask. The designs include popsicles/ice cream cones, spaceships, unicorns, and a few solid colors. They are SO cute.
Target – I picked up a couple of packs of Cat and Jack masks this weekend. Navy for my son, pink for my daughter. My daughter is only 4, but I wanted a back-up mask (the kids sizes are actually too big for her.) The kids sizes fit my son perfect (he’s almost 9.) If you shop in store, they will be limited. An associate told me the masks were flying off shelves. But they do have a great selection of masks for kids and adults on their website!
Old Navy started selling their masks through a presale a while ago. I have friends who have received them and they’ll be great for school. They have 5- and 10-packs of different colors and patterns – that will most certainly get you through a week of school!
Macy’s surprised me with their selection of reusable masks! I love the styles and that you can adjust many of their masks to fit you. Sadly, one size doesn’t always fit all when it comes to a face mask, but with their selection you can make it work.
From me! I have a whole line of masks available through Etsy and even more patterns (for kids) that haven’t been listed.