Cover Up! Where to Get Kids Face Masks in San Diego

May 2, 2020

Where to find face masks seems to be what most people are looking for nowadays. I’ve pulled resources and recommendations together from my Instagram followers and put them all in the list below. Most of them are here in San Diego so shop local if you can. Below are some considerations when deciding which mask to buy. Scroll further down for where to shop.

 

A quick note about face masks...they will not protect you from outside airborne particles entering through your face mask. They are only intended to help prevent YOU from infecting OTHERS. When you wear a face mask, you're preventing your own airborne particles from spreading to others. So if everyone wears a face mask, the general risk of viruses spreading are lowered. Even if you are young and healthy, you may be an asymptomatic carrier and not know it while spreading the virus to others if you don't wear one.

 

The current orders state that you must have a face mask with you at all times when you leave your house. You only need to put it on when you are within 6' of someone not from your household or when you're inside or near a place of business to help prevent your airborne particles from landing on nearby surfaces that others may touch.

 

 

FACE MASK CONSIDERATIONS

 

AGE: Current local San Diego orders calls for kids 3 years old and up to wear a face mask when coming within 6' of someone from outside of their household when out in public.

 

DO NOT put a face mask on a child 2 years old or under. When using face masks for younger kids 3+ please use adult supervision at ALL TIMES to ensure their proper use and make sure it does not slip around their neck. 

 

From the orders I read, I understand them to mean that everyone needs to have a mask WITH THEM at all times when leaving your house. The mask is to be WORN when you are within 6' of someone from outside your household, and while inside grocery stores, hardware stores or other locations where people are getting essential items. Please ensure you read the orders correctly as it's easy to misinterpret and information is changing daily.

 

 

COST: Prices vary from free up to $30, but average around $10-$15.

 

FILTERS (*WARNING!!): Some are sewn with a filter pocket and some are not. For those that have a filter pocket, you have the option to add your own filter inside if you need extra protection. Those with a filter pocket don’t come with a filter, you have to source your own.

 

Personally, I got masks with a filter pocket for my family, but don't plan to use a filter unless we need to go inside a grocery store or the doctor's office, urgent care/ER, etc. We'll of course bring our masks with us everywhere else we go as required, but won't use a filter for our outings to go hiking and walking. 

 


Also please note that this information is based on the research that I did and feel comfortable with using for my own family, which you may not feel the same way about. During this time everyone can be all over the map based on your own personal comfort level with everything going on right now. That is OK! You choose what's best for your family based on your own research and comfort. This is merely a guide to give you some ideas to consider when doing your own research. I'm not a doctor or a medical professional, so the following should not be taken as medical advice or anything of the like. 

 

See below for the best (and WORST!) material to use for a face mask insert...

 

*WARNING!!

(edited) I've seen lots of places suggesting to use a HEPA filter like those for air conditioners or vacuum cleaner bags, BUT someone informed me those likely have CHEMICALS in them and should NOT be used.

 

-->Upon further research, some of those HEPA filter bags actually contain microscopic glass fibers that would be harmful to your lungs if they were inhaled. Please DO NOT repurpose HEPA filters made for other products as a face mask insert!

 

-->The other type of HEPA filter that is not made with microscopic glass fibers (Filtrete brand) is made with Polypropylene plastic fibers and strands. I wouldn't want to breathe plastic fibers into my lungs anymore than I would the fiberglass from the other brands. They all have posted warnings on their websites stating those are not made nor should they be used for face mask inserts.

 

 

WHAT FILTERS TO USE:

Some safer filter options noted to use could be "coffee filters, paper towels and the tissues with the Vick’s work well". Here's a link for your reference and based on this, these are actually the best for using a filter:

 

HERO coffee filters and kitchen towels were ranked after surgical masks and HEPA filters (don't use these, see warning above), BUT they are very hard to breathe through.

 

 

The best filtering breathable materials to use for face mask filter inserts are:

Paper Towels!

Thick Canvas 1-1.2mm

Bed Sheets, 100% cotton, 120 thread count

 

 

MATERIAL: Most studies show that two layers of 100% cotton offers one of the best filtering/breathability material to use for homemade face masks. Some of those listed below offer triple layers of 100% cotton; which is slightly better than two layers. One of the worst fabrics to use as a face cover are bandanas and scarves; which only filter out about 10% particles, but still they're better than nothing. 

 

 

STYLE: Check the styles of each one you’re considering to see if it’ll work for you. Some are tie backs and that's honestly annoying to have to tie them on every time you need to cover up. Instead, look for ones with elastic ear straps, while some include a behind the head strap where you can unhook an ear strap and connect it behind your head for a more comfortable wear.

 

PATTERNS: Some have plain solid ones while others have all kinds of cute patterns with flowers, fruits and kid’s characters like Disney and unicorns. Most of their materials are limited and they’ll usually post once a week which patterns they were able to get and which ones have sold out or are still available. Some allow you to pick and choose while others don’t have a large selection.

 

 

SIZES: Some makers only make one size, while others have several sizes and even some for kids. If they have elastic, it's easy to just tie a knot in it to make the proper size. 

 

 

WASH: You should wash masks in hot water before and after each use, or as otherwise noted on care instructions.

 

(edited) Most makers advise NOT to put these in the dryer because they might shrink and won't fit properly, also the elastic could melt in the dryer. Hand wash or use washing machine, but AIR DRY instead.

 

 

DONATIONS: Most of the local one-woman businesses are donating one mask to a local healthcare worker or frontline worker for every mask purchased. Not all are doing this, so if this is something you want to support consider buying from those who are donating.

 

 

WHERE TO GET A FACE MASK

 

Next Door

Check your local Next Door app because lots of locals are making and selling or donating them. If you don’t see any posts about it ask if someone is making them or would be willing to make one who knows how to sew. You can find diagrams online. 

 

Etsy

Etsy has a lot of options and usually with a quick turnaround shipping, but this varies with each maker. You’ll find more patterns, prints, fabrics and styles on here. If you're looking for a specific pattern, it's easy to type it in and search for it. 

 

Tailor Shops

Check your local tailor shop or dry cleaners to ask if they’re making and selling any.

Here’s one in Clairmont:

Lido Tailor Shop in Clairemont 

Ph: 619-275-5370

Addy: 3047 Clairemont Dr., 92117

Web: no website 

 

 

Recommendations in no particular order are below. I tried looking up most of these that I could to include more information for you, but I wasn’t able to spend a ton of time getting every single detail. So click to each one to ask them your specific questions.

 

 

LOCAL TO SAN DIEGO:

 

(added) Instagram: @paradigmmasksd 

Background: These parents are living in their car due to a medical injury and lost their housing. Their daughters moved in with their aunt while they get back on their feet. During a free dinner at Resolved Church, they connected with someone who gave them a sewing machine, fabric is donated from the San Diego Quilters Guild and mask making space at the church for them. They work from morning to night making masks trying to save enough to get a new place and get their girls back. Please consider buying a mask to help them out. 

 

Cost: $10/kids, $15/adults

Shipping: FREE

Timeframe: unk

Buy 1 Donate 1: unk

Filter Pocket: Yes

Sizes: Kids, Adults

Kids: Yes

Fabric: double layer 100% cotton

Choose your color: Depends on what materials get donated by San Diego Quilters Guild

Patterns: LOTS of great pattern options 

Contact: call/text 858-987-6944

Order: email to paradigmmasksd@gmail.com

Include: your Name, # Masks, Sizes: Kids or Adult, YOUR phone # and they'll reply when ready 

 

 

(added) Instagram: @sewloka (Barrio Logan)

Cost: FREE but donations are appreciated by Venmo @sewloka

Shipping: pick up only in Barrio Logan (2113 Logan Ave.)

Timeframe: unk

Buy 1 Donate 1: unk

Filter Pocket: unk

Sizes: Kids, Adults

Kids: Yes

Fabric: 100% cotton

Choose your color: No, depends on what materials get donated to her

Patterns: whatever materials get donated to her

Contact: text her at 818-493-8368

Order: include your Name, # Masks (limit 5), Kids or Adult size, YOUR phone # and she'll reply when they're ready 

 

 

Instagram: @wink.atelier (Chula Vista mom)

Cost: $16

Shipping: unk

Timeframe: 2-3 days after order

Buy 1 Donate 1: unk

Filter Pocket: Yes

Sizes: 4 sizes for Kids, Adults

Kids: Yes

Fabric: double layer 100% cotton

Choose your color: Yes

Patterns: Lots of fun, whimsical and neutral patterns, even a color your own fabric option!! Cactus, astronauts, fun scienctists, floral, dirt biking, beer, comics, pugs, mermaids, dinosaurs, birds, more

Contact: Instagram DM

Web: Wink Atelier

 

 

Instagram: @londonandlulu (San Diego mom)

Cost: $12/adults, $10/kids

Shipping: $4 flat rate USPS, 5-7 days after order

Timeframe: 2-3 days after order

Buy 1 Donate 1: Yes

Filter Pocket: Yes

Sizes: Kids, Adult Women & Men’s

Kids: Yes, ages 3-6 and 7-12 sizes

Fabric: double layer 100% cotton

Choose your color: Yes

Patterns: so many cute patterns, Disney, fruits, solids, florals  

Contact: Instagram DM

Web: London and Lulu

 

 

 

Instagram: @FarmgirlCloth (El Cajon)

Cost: $10

Shipping: FREE US orders with code “FREESHIPMASK20”

Timeframe: 1-2 days after order

Buy 1 Donate 1: Yes

Filter Pocket: Yes

Sizes: Adults

Kids: unk

Fabric: 100% cotton, includes a free “ear saver” piece that allows you to unsnap the ear loop to attach behind your head

Choose your color: Yes, restocked on Tuesdays, check Instagram for updates

Patterns: lots of cute and fun patterns  

Contact: Instagram DM

Web: FarmGirl Cloth

 

 

Instagram: @katkrafel (San Diego)

Cost: $15

Shipping: 1st class USPS

Timeframe: 2-3 days after order

Buy 1 Donate 1: unk

Filter Pocket: NO

Sizes: Kids, Adults Regular, Adults Large

Kids: Yes, ages 2-8

Fabric: double layer 100% cotton

Choose your color: Yes

Patterns: solids only but 19 different colors to choose from!  

Contact: Instagram DM

Web: Veiled Beauty

 

 

Instagram: @vrinstashop (San Diego)

Cost: $25 for 3 includes shipping

(I saw previously she was selling individually for $5 pick up or + $5 mail so ask about this)

Shipping: included

Timeframe: order Wednesdays, ships out on Saturdays

Buy 1 Donate 1: unk

Filter Pocket: unk

Sizes: Kids, Adults, XL

Kids: Yes

Fabric: 100% cotton

Choose your color: based on availability

Patterns: limited, but you can send her fabric to make one

Contact: send DM to Instagram

 

 

 

Instagram/Etsy: @axelandbearcreations (Chula Vista)

Cost: $9

Shipping: unk

Timeframe: 1-2 days after order

Buy 1 Donate 1: unk

Filter Pocket: NO

Sizes: unk

Kids: unk

Fabric: double layer 100% cotton with tie back closures (not elastic)

Choose your color: unk

Patterns: unk

Contact: Instagram DM

Web: Axel and Bear Creations

 

 

Instagram: @madeintheorchard (San Diego military mom)

Cost/Kid’s: $9-11 donation

Shipping: pick up curbside locally or she’ll ship

Timeframe: unk

Buy 1 Donate 1: Yes

Filter Pocket: Yes, it’s a middle layer sewn in with a Merv 13 Filtrete 3M filter

Sizes: Kids, Adults

Kids: Yes

Fabric: triple layer 100% cotton (middle layer is a sewn in filter!), tie back (not elastic)

Choose your color: Yes

Patterns: lots of cute patterns, kids too

Contact: Instagram

 

 

Instagram: @bayparkfishco (Bay Park)

Cost: $3 each

Shipping: unk, probably just a pick up in store?

Timeframe: same day? WHILE SUPPLIES LAST

Buy 1 Donate 1: no

Filter Pocket: unk

Sizes: Kids, Adults Regular, Adults Large

Kids: Yes, ages 2-8

Fabric: unk cloth

Choose your color: Blue only?

Patterns: no  

Contact: 619-276-3474

Store Hours: everyday 11:30am-8pm

 

 

(added) Instagram: @sandiegocraftcollective (San Diego)

Cost: $15

Shipping: curbside pick up from Liberty Station or mail

Timeframe: same day?

Buy 1 Donate 1: Yes

Filter Pocket: Yes

Sizes: Toddler, Little Kids, Adult Small, Adult Large

Kids: Yes, toddler and kids

Fabric: double layer 100% cotton

Choose your color: Partially, indicate your preference of pattern/color in purchase comments and they’ll try to accommodate

Patterns: lots of colors and patterns 

Contact: Instagram DM or call 858-499-9249

Web: San Diego Craft

 

 

*(added) Instagram: @sophia_and_sam (San Diego)

Etsy: SophiaAndSamOrganics

Cost: $15 ea or discounted with multiple packs of 3 or 7

Shipping: unk

Timeframe: unk

Buy 1 Donate 1: unk

Filter Pocket: No

Sizes: Kids, Adults

Kids: Yes

*Fabric: 100% ORGANIC cotton

Choose your color: Yes

Patterns: limited colors/patterns but really cute; bikes, wood tree pattern, animals (giraffes, bears, elephants, birds) 

Contact: Instagram DM or website

Web: Sophia And Sam

 

(added) Instagram: @peaceom_encinitas

FREE US orders $40+ with code “PEACEOM”

Cost: $7.50, $10, $15

Shipping: unk

Timeframe: unk

Buy 1 Donate 1: unk

Filter Pocket: Some

Sizes: Kids, Adults

Kids: Yes

Fabric: 2-3 layered 100% cotton

Choose your color: Yes

Patterns: limited colors/patterns…polka dots, stars, green camo, solids: black, white, yellow, purple, black, mint

Contact: Instagram DM or website

Web: PeaceOm

 

 

OUTSIDE OF SAN DIEGO:

 

Instagram: @fitchandstitch 

Cost: $11

Shipping: FREE U.S. orders with code “SHIPFREE”

Timeframe: 1 week or less from your order date

Buy 1 Donate 1: YES

Filter Pocket: Yes, filter is included and washable!! (Pellon Interfacing)

Sizes: Toddler, Kids, Teen, Adult, XL

Kids: Yes

Fabric: 3 layers of 100% cotton

Choose your pattern: Yes

Patterns: cute ones, kids patterns, fruits, flowers, camo, animals, dinosaurs, Disney, superheros, unicorns, checks, solids, comics, more

Contact: fitchandstitch@gmail.com

Web: https://fitch-stitch.myshopify.com/

 

 

Shop: TotBoxx (small family owned shop in Chicago)

Cost: $10 each

Shipping: 15% off + FREE US shipping with code “TOGETHER”

Timeframe: unk

Buy 1 Donate 1: Yes

Filter Pocket: NO

Sizes: Kids

Kids: Yes

Fabric: triply layer 100% cotton/jersey

Choose your color: Yes

Patterns: solids, stripes, bananas, lt blue camo, comic

Contact: website

Web: www.totboxx.com/product-category/masks

 

 

 

 

LARGER COMPANIES THAT ARE NOW SELLING FACE MASKS

 

(added) Instagram: @oldnavy

Cost: $12.50 for a 5 pack 

Shipping: unk

Timeframe: right away

Buy 1 Donate 1: Yes

Filter Pocket: NO

Sizes: Kids, Adults one size each 

Kids: Yes

Fabric: 3 layers of 100% cotton

Choose your color: no, but there are 5 different cute prints per pack

Patterns: assorted prints made from leftover material scraps  

Web: Old Navy

 

 

(added) Instagram: @lele_sadoughi

Cost: $25 for kids set of 2; $40 for adults set of 3 (designer brand)

Shipping: unk

Timeframe: right away

Buy 1 Donate 1: unk

Filter Pocket: Yes

Sizes: Kids, Adults one size each 

Kids: Yes

Fabric: 3 layers of 100% cotton

Choose your color: yes, but limted

Patterns: boys (tie die blue, blue stripe); girls (pink stripe, yellow flowers); women's (flowers, stripes, stars, hearts) 

Web: Lele Sadoughi

 

 

(added) Instagram: @cubcoats

Cost: $12.99 for a 2 pack

Shipping: unk

Timeframe: unk

Donations: Yes, 10% profits donated to Feeding America

Filter Pocket: NO

Sizes: Kids

Kids: Yes

Fabric: double layer 100% cotton with metal nosepiece

Choose your color: Yes

Patterns: animal prints made to match their Cub Coats: puppy, tiger, kitty, bear

Contact: Instagram DM?

Web: Cubcoats

 

 

 

Instagram: @heathertaylorhome (Los Angeles)

Cost: $50 for pack of 10 backordered

Shipping: unk

Timeframe: 2-3 days after order

Buy 1 Donate 1: Yes

Filter Pocket: NO

Sizes: unk

Kids: unk

Fabric: unk

Choose your color: no

Patterns: assorted checks, solids, stripes  

Contact: Instagram DM?

Web: Heather Taylor Home

 

 

Instagram: @Zalamoon (Los Angeles)

Cost/Kid’s: $40 for 2 pack child size; $50 for 3 pack child size

Cost/Adult’s: $30 for 2 pack; $40 for 3 pack

Shipping: FREE U.S. orders over $50 code: “FREESHIP”, also available on Amazon

Timeframe: 2-3 days after order

Buy 1 Donate 1: Yes

Filter Pocket: NO

Sizes: Kids, Adults Regular, Adults Large

Kids: Yes, ages 2-8

Fabric: triple layer 100% cotton gauze or double layer Turkish waffle fabric, tie backs (not elastic)

Choose your color: Yes

Patterns/Kid’s: floral, stars, red fox, deer silhouette, dinosaurs, zoo animals

Patterns/Adult’s: limited, solids: black, white, tan, pink, teal; prints peacock feather, deer silhouette   

Contact: Instagram or website

Web: Zalamoon

 

 

 

Instagram: @SanctuaryClothing (Los Angeles)

Cost/Kid’s: $25 for 5 pack

Cost/Adult’s: $28 for 5 pack

Shipping: unk

Timeframe: up to 14 days

Buy 1 Donate 1: Yes

Filter Pocket: Yes, says it comes with a 100% polypropylene meltblown filter

Sizes: Kids, Adults Regular, Adults Large

Kids: Yes, ages 2-10

Fabric: double layer 100% cotton muslin with nose wire

Choose your color: No, comes in assorted 5 pack of 2 dinosaur camo, 1 camo, 1 pink camo, 1 pink leopard

Patterns: limited  

Contact: Instagram or website

Web: Sanctuary Clothing

 

 

 

Instagram: @helgasigurbjornsdottir (Los Angeles)

Cost: $35 ea for fitted structured mask with 3 layers fabric and filter pocket

Cost: $25 ea for sturdy everyday mask with 3 layers fabric and filter pocket

Cost: $15 ea for traditional basic mask with 2 layers fabric, no filter pocket

Add exhalation filter valve: $5 add on

(this allows air to flow out of the mask, while preventing air to flow in)

Shipping: UPS

Timeframe: 3 days after order

Buy 1 Donate 1: unk

Filter Pocket: 2 options have filter pockets

Sizes: Kids, Adults

Kids: Yes

Fabric: 2-3 layers 100% cotton

Choose your color: Yes

Patterns: designer, houndstooth, plaid, floral mesh, stripes, black neoprene

Contact: Instagram DM

Web: tryggvsoncorp.com

 

 

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