CURRENT UPDATE: Oh for a magic wand! Rosie here :-) Everything is taking WAY longer than usual. At least for the time-being and foreseeable future, a window of 12 business days is needed to safely procure materials and make and send your lovely orders. Very grateful for the availability of beautiful materials, and to be in a position to continue stitching away.
To thank you for your patience, please enter the following coupon code when you checkout: SUNSHINE for 5% off your order!  

Mid-March Update: Dear Lil' Devas has made some huge changes. Because of the very real necessity for physical distancing in keeping those that we love safe (that is people we know, AND people we don't know), we are now staying home. I (Rosie) was able to bring materials to my home studio and as of Wednesday, March 18th, I alone am continuing to make orders that come in. Thank you btw, in this uncertain time, as a very small business, your orders are received with IMMENSE GRATITUDE, whether to be sent when ready with contactless pick up and drop off (thanks to our heroic mail carriers!), whether you are our neighbour and able to pick up from Rosie's front porch, or whether to put on the shelf for you, ready, until we collectively emerge.

Community Solidarity Masks and Laundry Bag

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UPDATE WEDNESDAY, May 20th: It is Rosie here, thanking you so very much for your unbelievable support. Sewing many many masks was an interesting experience and I thank you all for spreading the word about them. I have stopped making the bamboo masks for now because I need to take a break. Wearing a mask when you're out in the community is very important. If you're looking at this, you have decided to do that and as a member of your community at large, I applaud and thank you for that. If you're looking for a cloth facemask, please see another local maker in the Junction Triangle here in Toronto at Goodfarken.com (link to: https://goodfarken.com/shop/ols/categories/tee-masks)

Description

Bamboo Reusable Mask - Nose Bridge and Snug Around Periphery of Face - Wash Hot in Included Laundry Bag

April 2nd, 2020: Rosie here, I wear my bamboo mask now when I go out, especially to the grocery store. There are three reasons that I have decided to do that:

1) in consideration of the whole community; at least by keeping my own droplets contained I feel like I am doing something to help kick this.

2) to honour the front line health care professionals who have to wear masks now for their entire shift, just imagine!! Those masks are not lovely bamboo like this. Many of our health care professionals develop rashes from the disposable masks, have cut their hair and shaved their beards to wear them safely. It isn't only doctors and nurses, but also admin and clinical support providers, techs, RT's and cleaners (if I've forgotten anyone, please tell me).

3) because I'm not using up a disposable mask. Saving those for our courageous front line workers who urgently need them.

"Having worked in front line hospital and community health for almost 20 years, I can't praise the fit of these masks enough! I have worn N-95 masks through SARS and H1N1 and Rosie's masks are an amazing fit. Thank you so much Rosie for getting these out into the community!"
Anne Fortin, retired Registered Midwife

Details

There are several reasons that these bamboo masks are really special - the main one is the fit.

Perhaps the snugness is overkill - I truly hope so. I hope that it will never ever come to the point when N95 masks are not available, but at a crisis point DLD's masks could not only be used as a cloth alternative to a simple disposable mask, but also as a snug-around-the-periphery-of-the-face (this is key) holder for a filter.

  • 2 layers of tightly knit, yet soft against the skin 70% Viscose from Bamboo / 30% Organic Cotton (stretch but without spandex or elastic so can be washed hot many many times) sandwich an extra barrier of tightly woven yet still breathable, 100% cotton woven fabric
  • could snugly hold a make-shift filter in place; see what could be used as a filter
  • long soft ties that can be knotted to fit behind the ears, or tied securely in two places at the back of your head.
  • metal nose bridge that molds to your nose and cheekbones
  • wash hot and machine dry
For My Fellow Mask-Makers

*Update as of May 2nd: There are many many patterns available on the internet for cloth face masks. You will be able to find one that works for you. I have been constantly tweaking the pattern for these, and had intended to put instructions here. However, everytime I got the instructions done, a slightly better way to construct presented itself, and then the instructions were defunct. I feel that rather than continue with this, I should just tell you a couple of tips that will make your-life-stitching-masks-continuously (solidarity people) easier - of course, you may know them already, xxoo

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FOR STRAPS - if you're out of elastic, or tired of continuously stitching the cotton strings, use t-shirt fabric (single knit jersey without spandex - old t-shirts work great), cut along the grain line and that gives you a soft, non-fraying already finished (or finished enough) strap that is mildly stretchy.

FOR THE WIRE - this took a long time to figure out back in March - a length of 24GA wire folded in half was what worked best for a wire nose bridge. I experimented with pipecleaners, aluminum pie plates (don't try that it is a gigantic waste of time and you'll wreck your scissors), opened up paper clips, garden staking wires and of course different gauges of wire.

IF YOU'RE OUT OF INTERFACING - hockey tape makes a great fusible interfacing and is especially helpful for inserting the wire.

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