Last Saturday (4/11), County Executive Angela Alsobrooks signed an Executive Order requiring all Prince George’s County residents and visitors to wear face masks at grocery stores, pharmacies and retail stores. The order also extends to those riding “TheBus”, our County’s bus transit system.
Folks have reached out to Route One Fun to ask for recommendations on local businesses or organizations from whom they may purchase a homemade mask. So we’re delivering with this list!
Buy a Homemade Mask from Route 1 Small Businesses
The following small businesses of the Route 1 corridor are busy making homemade masks for purchase. Please note that these small businesses are just doing what they can to help fill a gap in available face coverings; they make no claim that these masks are medical surgical grade. They are homemade face masks intended to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Additionally, given their high demand, please expect a wait of some sort before your purchased face mask arrives at your doorstep or is available for pickup. (And in the meantime, scroll down for our section on how to make your own homemade face mask.)
Beltsville’s Will’s Decorating
We are selling masks ($10) each that are reversal made from the fabric. (The masks are made by one of my favorite painters who has been unemployed for 4 weeks now; he and his wife make the masks.)
* Call 301-937-6100 to reserve or visit us today at 10508 Baltimore Ave. Beltsville,md.
Brentwood’s Tilden House Studio
In non-pandemic times, Allison Lince-Bentley teaches small-group and private sewing classes for adults and children from her home-based workshop, Tilden House Studio. Although that aspect of her business has taken a pause, she is currently accepting contract sewing work and making masks for sale and to donate. Her masks are available to order for $8-20 from her website. Choose your color and style, or request a custom design. Masks can be shipped to your address or you can arrange contact-less pick up from her porch.
Brookland’s Mayapple Soaps
Mayapple Soaps is making masks out of fabric scraps for anyone who needs one. Suggested donation $10/mask. A portion of proceeds goes to Pathways to Housing, located in Brookland neighborhood of Washington, DC. Pathways serves the homeless by providing stable, supportive housing.
* Link for more info: Mayapple Soaps.
Cheverly’s Something Vintage
With all of our events currently paused, those who can sew on the Something Vintage team are using their time to make face masks for those in need. And when you buy 1 mask from Something Vintage, we donate 1 mask to healthcare workers so that they may continue to serve hospitals in need.
* Link for more info: Something Vintage.
College Park’s PGC Masks
Masks available in College Park and surrounding area. Venmo and porch dropoff within 10 miles of College Park. $7 each or 3/$20. Send a Facebook message to purchase. DM me with an address if you’re not sure 🙂
* Contact here: https://www.facebook.com/PGCmasks/
Glenarden’s Honey & Fig Body
Free shipping on colorful kids and adults face masks. $12 for adult sizes, $9 for all kid sizes and $10 for adult sizes when purchasing 3 or more of any size. See more at Tamarsha’s Instagram page or visit her Honey & Fig Body website here.
Greenbelt’s Beau Bow
Lisa DeHay’s has pivoted from making her cute headbands to making adult and child sized facemasks. Contact via email email@example.com
* Link for more info: Beau Bow
Hyattsville’s Three Little Birds Sewing Co.
Three Little Birds Sewing Co. has been helping to masks from the get-go! While their initial focus was on making masks for essential workers, they do take requests for masks and/or can put you in touch with folks who are selling homemade masks.
* Link for more info: Three Little Birds Sewing Co. (They also sell face mask kits should you want to try to make one yourself!)
Hyattsville’s Connect the Dots
Connect the Dots is happy to help you by sewing masks for you (and your family)! I’m asking that you help me cover supplies and shipping, with only a small extra fee per order. (You can also indicate if you want to help me to sew up some more to donate.) You can find me at Facebook.com/CTDCustoms or our website, https://connect-the-
* Link for more info: Connect the Dots Website.
Lanham’s Tol Bespoke
To make this available and accessible to everyone, we are offering 50% OFF, please use coupon code “DONTRUSH” at check out to access this discount. Shipping is free.
* More information: Tol Bespoke website.
Mount Rainier’s Design Park 3311
DPARK3311 Fashion Lab is creating/selling local designer made masks. Decorative fabrics and high quality construction. For more information and to place an order please email dpark3311 at pgahc.org.
* Link for more info: DPARK3311
Mount Rainier’s Sew Creative Lounge
Sew Creative Lounge has pivoted to making homemade face masks. Due to a shortage in elastic, they will be not be accepting new orders until our elastic arrives. It is expected to arrive April 15th.
* Link for more info: Sew Creative Lounge page for ordering face masks.
Takoma Park’s Magreta Made It
From the business owner: “When you buy a mask, I will also donate a cotton face mask via the JoAnn Fabric distribution network to medical facilities requesting these as we face a shortage of masks.”
* Link for more info: Magreta Made It
Route 1 Mask Match
As we shared in this post about Route 1 Mask Match here, this local effort is a place to both donate and request free homemade face masks. Priority for mask requests will go to seniors and other vulnerable people with health conditions and their caregivers, as well as grocery workers, health care providers, and other essential workers.
Link for more info: Route 1 Mask Match here.
Make Your Own Face Mask
In addition to the above, the following are ways for you to get your hands on a homemade face mask – make one yourself! Bandanas or other face coverings will do the trick! Sharing a couple of recommended links on how to make your own face mask:
- Country Living: How to Make No-Sew Face Mask from a Bandana
- Instructable’s DIY Face Mask
- CDC Guide to Making Your Own Face Mask
- How to Sew a Face Mask
Got Masks to Donate?
Excellent. Here are some local places and people who could use your help!
- University of Maryland Medical Center (where dear University Park neighbor works) could use your help. Bill Sweet shares: “These homemade face masks are essential because they save our high end PPE for procedural areas. Face masks can be mailed or dropped off at my house and I will take them into work (University of Maryland Medical Center/ Shock Trauma).” 4120 Woodberry St., University Park
- Route 1 Mask Match (which includes the great work of many of the local sewing experts above) welcomes donated masks and materials.
If you know of any additional local small businesses from whom folks may purchase homemade face masks, please add them to the comments below. We’ll add them to this list ASAP!
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