10 homemade masks on Etsy that are worth buying
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Face masks have been recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help minimize the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), and in some states it’s now required to wear a mask where social distancing might be difficult to do. In light of this, many people have turned to cloth face coverings in an effort to save N95 masks for medical workers.
With endless fabric mask options on Etsy, it’s difficult to decide which one to choose. I wrote an article on what you need to know before buying or making a mask, based on current research and my previous experience (before joining the Reviewed team I spent years in apparel and textiles working on material development, technical design, and product integrity).
However, if you have too much on your plate to research masks but still want to get a great mask, I spent hours scouring Etsy to find masks worth buying—here are the top 10:
1. This quality canvas stripe mask
This is one of the few masks on Etsy to specify the exact material they are using, which is cotton canvas. Canvas is a great material for masks as it’s one of the more effective fabrics for filtration. This mask is double-layered and has an opening for a filter insert. And as an added bonus, it comes in two fun striped colorways.
2. A Batik print mask with three layers
This mask is triple-layered which offers better protection, studies have shown multiple layers of fabric increase the effectiveness of filtration. However, extra layers of fabric come with a trade-off—they make it harder to breathe, which may be OK for people that prefer more protection, but not OK for those that don't like wearing a mask. The masks come in bright colors and bold prints if you’re looking for something more than a basic solid color.
3. A face mask with a nose wire
This mask features heavyweight quilter’s cotton, which is another great fabric if you’re looking for better filtration. The material has been pre-washed and dried, which means it won’t shrink when you wash it for the first time. The mask has a filter pocket, ear loops, and a padded nosewire for a better fit to your face.
4. This double-layer cotton canvas mask
This mask has two layers, canvas on the outside, and white cotton on the inside, which makes it easy to differentiate the front and back. The mask has a pocket to insert your own filter and elastic ear loops. It comes in one pattern: white with minimalist, but stylish, grey print, making it great for someone who wants a little decoration, but something that’s not too bold.
5. An organic OEKO-TEX certified mask
If you’re looking for an organic cotton mask, look no further than these. The fabric is OEKO-TEX Standard 100 certified, which means the fabric has been tested and is free from harmful substances. The masks are made from lighter weight fabric, so these won’t be the best in terms of filtration, but are a good option for someone who has a hard time breathing in thicker masks.
6. This customizable lightweight mask
While this mask is not going to offer the most protection, it’s suitable for someone who can’t wear a heavier mask or as a cover for another mask. It’s lightweight, double-layered, and has a filter pocket. The best part? You can get your name, initials, or a short text printed on the mask.
7. This organic cotton mask that supports American farmers
Support your farmers in the U.S.A. with this mask. The fabric, thread, and rope are all made with organic cotton grown by American farmers. Great for those trying to avoid chemicals, the fabric is not bleached or dyed. While the mask is double-layered, it’s made of stretchy material, which means it’s less effective than other fabric options, for example canvas. This mask is best for someone that has a hard time breathing in thicker masks or as a cover for a medical mask.
8. This mask that provides water resistant protection
Did you get caught in the rain wearing your mask and now it’s wet and uncomfortable to wear? Guard against the rain with this waterproof nylon mask. According to this Etsy shop, the mask is not meant to replace a protective mask but serve as a barrier, making it a great cover to protect your cloth mask from getting wet. You can also wipe the outside of the mask down with sanitizer for a quick clean between washings.
9. A quality denim mask
Just because your jeans are tucked away in a drawer doesn’t mean you can’t wear denim. This face mask is double-layered, made with denim and canvas, which means great filtration. The mask has ties instead of ear loops, making it great for someone who doesn’t like masks with earloops.
10. A mask with three layers for children
If you’re looking for a quality mask for your little ones, these are some of the better ones on Etsy for filtration. They are made with cotton canvas and have three layers, which means you’re going to get better protection than other fabrics. The mask is designed for children ages four to twelve and comes in various prints. They also carry smaller size masks for toddlers.
- Get the Kids Cotton Mask in Blue Polka Dots at Etsy for $9
- Get the Kids Cotton Mask in Green and Pink Polka Dots at Etsy for $9
- Get the Toddler Cotton Mask in Pink Butterflies at Etsy for $5
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.