Shop local! These Oregon-owned businesses are producing quality cloth face masks that will keep you and your community safe.
STATEWIDE – With the requirement that Oregonians in seven counties wear face masks or coverings while in indoor, public places, many folks around the state are looking to invest in a reusable cloth face covering – or several, to have one in the car, one by the front door, and so on. When Governor Brown shared a photo of her wearing a face mask with the State of Oregon seal, many people asked where they could get a similar one, but this one was handmade for her by the daughter of one of her health advisors. But you can get your own made-in-Oregon mask that will support local small businesses and keep you and your community safe.
Here is a list of a few local makers to get you started.
Folly was started by Sarah Bibb, who designs about 40% of what they carry in the store, which now includes cloth face coverings. They produce their products in a facility right in the back of the store… how’s that for local! They also carry many other Portland and West Coast designers.
Their masks have made it all the way to Washington, D.C., worn by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley.
This varsity jacket-making business that’s been in Portland for over 25 years now sells two-layer and three-layer masks that are affordable ($5 each). Available in Blazers, Ducks, Beavers prints, and more; they also have preschooler-sized masks to fit kids ages 3-5.
Available in regular, large, and kids’ sizes in trendy, chic fabrics from this woman-owned business. Face mask orders ship free.
This zero-waste company has produced over 35,000 masks for the medical community. They sell a fashionable LeMask that can also be worn as a neckerchief or head scarf and has a bendable nose bridge; for every LeMask sold, they will donate a mask to a local non-profit supporting underserved communities. Their regular masks can also be ordered in packs of 24.
Stubborn Hands is a Portland, Oregon team of three that has made over 3,000 masks to aid people during the pandemic. These affordable, colorful masks have been so popular that most of Stubborn Hands’ stock will not be available until June 27.
For 17 years, KEEN has responsibly crafted footwear to help everyone get outside, and connect with each other and the world. Crafted from upcycled materials originally sourced for their shoes, the earloop cloth masks are made with a four-way stretch fabric for all-day comfort.
Crafters Against COVID-19 PDX is a Portland-area group that’s joining hundreds of similar groups making masks across the country. They’re sewing cloth masks for hospitals and public health officials, which can hopefully supplement supplies of medical-grade masks, preserving the best equipment for the health care workers who need it most. You can find out about making or obtaining your own mask on their Facebook page.
Stark’s Vacuums has multiple retail locations and sells 3-Layer Face Masks online. They will also be coordinating with partners to make the masks more accessible.
Stark’s Vacuums locations – Curbside service and retail store
- 107 NE Grand Ave, Portland OR 97232 Phone 503-974-3537
- 8326 SE Stark St Portland, OR 97216 Phone 503-974-3907
- 700 SE 160th #105 Vancouver, WA 98683 Phone 360-524-4564
- 240 NW Division St Gresham OR 97030 Phone 503-974-3468
- 9454 SE 82nd Ave Suite B Happy Valley, OR 97086 Phone 503-974-3858
- 62090 Dean Swift Rd Bend, OR 97701
- 12920 SW Canyon Rd Beaverton, OR 97005 Phone 503-974-3849
Bag and tote retailer Blaqpak has switched some of their capacity over to making high quality reusable face masks. These are made from dual layer cotton with elastic to hold them in place. Tight weave cotton outer layer with soft flannel inner liner. At $10, the masks come in fun colors and patterns for the liners to make them easier to tell apart, and are machine washable.
Note: This link is for adult sizes, but children’s sizes are available.
Need face coverings, masks, gloves, or hand sanitizer?
The Aging and Disability Community Project, coordinated out of the City’s Emergency Coordination Center in response to COVID-19, is acquiring and distributing limited amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE), facial coverings, and cleaning supplies for caregivers of people with disabilities and older adults.
[email protected] (preferred) or 503-823-4000.
Exzacht Sewing in Ontario is a one-woman operation based in Vale, who can customize your mask to your personality. Want to rock a pride flag on your face? She can do it. Want ties instead of elastic? You got it.
Mama Bear Quilt Shop in Stanfield coordinated a bunch of volunteers to make masks and donate them for health care workers and military members during the PPE shortage. Now they’re selling masks out of their store front.
Marley’s Monsters is a Eugene company that creates reusable products from fabric and wood. They too heard the need for PPE and knew they had to take action.
Marley’s Monsters Mask Cover Project repurposed existing fabric to transform into face mask covers. The covers fit over N95 masks used in healthcare and can make the masks last longer. Healthcare facilities and medical professionals can apply to get free covers. At $12, they’re a little more expensive than other masks on the market, but the their stylish ties are more conducive to washing on high heat than elastic.
Masks for Neighbors
Masks for Neighbors is a group organized by the city of Sublimity that provides cloth face masks to every resident of the city, and even some folks in the surrounding areas. They’ve advertised on Facebook and NextDoor to get fabric and skilled sewers. They have made 15,000 masks so far, even though their town has about 3,000 residents.
A-dec has manufactured personal protective equipment (PPE) in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic for critical health-care workers. They have been working to develop a variety of PPE products that front line workers need, so check them out if you’re a healthcare, first responder, dental, long-term care, or child care worker.
Northwest Alpine believes that the outdoors should be accessible to everyone, and thus everyone should have access to a face covering. By purchasing one of their masks, NW Alpine donates $10 to Soul River, a nonprofit helping to connect inner city youth to U.S. veterans to create the next generation of environmental leaders. All NW Alpine products are sewn in their factory in Salem.
The RPAMS mask is now available to help protect first responders and the exposed public in the battle against COVID-19. The mask not only protects but also incorporates an EPA-certified material that effectively captures and destroys pathogens commonly distributed by cough/sneeze droplets. They were so popular that they are already sold out! So check back later for more.
A Douglas County group of volunteers are helping solve the shortage of masks for medical professionals and even individuals during the coronavirus pandemic.
These masks are free! The group, which includes almost 1,200 volunteers, is called Douglas County Helpers, has been producing thousands of masks each week to help keep their community stocked with plenty of the masks amid high demand during the COVID-19 outbreak in Douglas County. They give out an average of 3,000 masks or more every week, with volunteers making 500 a day.
Tonie Kellom of Klamath Falls has recently created the Facebook Group Klamath Corona Mask Makers for people interested in making cloth masks to connect and contact each other. Kellom told Klamath Alerts that the group has about 125 members so far. She also said that several local craft stores have contributed materials to the cause. These masks are also free, so check them out!
Umpqua Sewing Warriors was formed by Oregon Serigraphics as a volunteer community and business making masks specifically for the Douglas Public Health Network Distribution to the medical community, first responders, EMT, clinics, cancer/high risk patients, and general population who need them. At this point, PPE is not in such short supply, so these warriors are making masks for community members too.
BioSkin is creates innovative braces designed to prevent injury, reduce pain, and restore mobility. Their fabric face coverings can be used when going out in public. This mask is NOT N95 and is designed to limit the dispersion of virus-carrying droplets through speech, breathing, coughing, and sneezing. These masks come in packs of two for a slight discount, and have the option for fun patterns – even a pack with cats wearing masks on them!
Project Linus, which has donated over 17,000 handmade blankets to children over the past 13 years, recently shifted from blankets to making face masks for essential workers. Over the past four weeks, the group has donated more than 4,750 face masks to sites including the Klamath Falls city schools, Klamath’s local fire departments, Sky Lakes Medical Center and Klamath Open Door.
The Mask Makers sew 100% cotton fabric face masks and donate them to various health care facilities throughout the United States for the purpose of helping keep our nurses and first responders healthy and safe. Since we are no longer experiencing a PPE shortage, these Makers have started distributing to their local communities.
Cardas Audio has two employees making 100% cotton face masks with Tyvek inserts, which they donate to local healthcare workers and residents of Bandon. They are $20 for a set of two and are ducks/beavers themed for the football lovers in your household.
This home-sewing group organized through Facebook to start making mask covers and has made and donated 8,000 mask covers to the St. Charles Health System. Since we are no longer experiencing a PPE shortage, these Makers have branched out to distribute masks to community members.
Ginger Dog Beds, in the Bend area, is using its equipment to pre-cut fabric and PinPoint Alterations is volunteering tailors to put their skills to use making masks. The masks are not available on their website yet, but contact Ginger Dog Beds for more information.
Want to make your own?
Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center in Jackson County has partnered with a group of makers — called Covid Skunkworks — as well as Talent Maker City, a community space where hobbyists can utilize specialized tools and equipment.