disclaimer- I will try and keep up, I will make them to the best of my ability, I will try and keep you safe- the best way I know how. Please educate yourself regarding the type of mask you are using and how to properly use them- I feel we will be using them for the foreseeable future.
Lifestyles by Bean
I volunteered with Bonnie Lewis at Common sewing, making masks for Health Care Providers and now ...after much demand by friends, family, and community. We decided for me to help fulfill this urgent need.... while starting to protect the community with the best masks we can provide.
She/we have researched this fabric and design and find it a high-quality choice for our needs in the foreseeable future. The mask I am making is made from 3-6 layers of polypropylene. (I have mixed opinions based on research about using cotton) The filtration of the polypropylene is better than just a simple cotton mask- in these days though - use something!
please see research below and my credentials at Linked In.
Currently I have multiple colors of NWPP fabric- you will not know what color may be on your mask- if options are available at time of pick up you may choose then- or add notes in comments when ordering and I will try and accommodate. thread and straps may vary- (you can change the straps yourself-see the video )
I am making these as fast as I can – Most orders are being fulfilled within days of ordering. Be kind - I will email you when your order is ready to be picked up at my studio front yard or mailed to purchasers outside of the central FL area - 5 per person will be the cap to start. (if you have a business and need more- please email me for requests)
one size fits most... I have a scaled pattern for 2 youth options. Please send a separate email to discuss youth size. - it is adjustable to fit most adult faces with a very nice seal - pleats allow the fabric to cup away from the mouth. The design Bonnie Lewis created is different from the traditional mask- as a past health care provider- I feel her design is superior for fit, usability, and its re-usable nature.
I will have a hose, dish and soap available for you to wash it directly when you pick it up. (and then you can water a plant in my front yard too) I will mail now to most in the US- please put your address in the notes. Wash before wearing.
These are not life saving devices and I am not in any way stating these are medically proven- I do know- with proper use of a mask like this- we can make a difference in the coming months to allow for more social activity- If we all wear masks properly and wash our hands. We can adapt.
Shelter in Place and Hygiene for Materials -I honor the shelter in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19. All drop offs or pick ups should be left on the porch. I am washing all textiles placing them on the patio. You will wash them again yourselves before use.
Due to volume, please give grace- if you do not receive a response. I am with limited capacity to respond to every email during this time.
Because we will be using masks for the foreseeable future- please note the research below - be educated - be safe.
diy face mask tutorial — Bonnie the Tailor
How Surgical Masks are Made, Tested and Used
Lessons from a Mask Maker | LinkedIn
Make your own face mask—no sewing machine required | Popular Science
MakerMask: Science-Based Mask Designs for Community Makers
Masks On, Heroes! Three Ways to Help Healthcare Help You - Live From Mars
Testing the Efficacy of Homemade Masks: Would They Protect in an Influenza Pandemic? - PubMed
The 4 best mask designs you can make yourself
personal face mask
Hand wash soap and water- preferred- this fabric is of the more delicate wash style.
Please see the how to wear and wash video- for more information and tips to personalise.