The need for cloth face masks in the Champaign-Urbana area has escalated considerably as a result of new state guidance.
With Governor Pritzker’s extension of Illinois’s stay-at-home order through the end of May comes new guidance regarding cloth face masks. Effective May 1, 2020, any individual over age 2 and able to medically tolerate a face covering or mask will be required to wear one in a public place where a six-foot social distance cannot be maintained at all times.
As before, medical grade masks should be reserved for healthcare or first responders.
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District gave specific examples in its April 24 briefing of when people should be wearing masks:
- For essential work
- For grocery shopping
- For pharmacy or restaurant pickup
- Other travel deemed essential by the stay-at-home order
More detailed local information and resources concerning masks and face coverings can be found here. These requirements for Illinois residents are in line with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for the use of cloth coverings over the nose and mouth to lower the chances of spreading germs.
While some of us may have sewing machines collecting dust in our basements, most of us do not, and masks – even of the cloth variety – are in short supply. Many entrepreneurial folks in our community have started making masks for sale.
We asked our readers where to get cloth masks locally and who is making them because we have no doubt about the amazing creativity and talent of people here in town who can quickly make these kinds of products.
Editor’s Note: chambanamoms.com has compiled this list with information from our readers so that you can reach out to a mask maker near you. Please note that we do not have masks for sale/distribution. Choose a contact person near you below and reach out to them directly to place an order.
Are you looking for kits to allow you to make masks yourself? Krannert Center has begun providing materials for people who wish to make masks for non-surgical use through their costume shop. Also, Art Coop has a kit available for sale in collaboration with the IDEA Store.
Do you have masks available for purchase or donation? To be included in this post, email us by clicking here to let us know exactly how people can get in touch with you (email, phone, etc.). You will be added to this post within 1-2 business days.
Do you have material to donate? Just directly reach out to one of the mask makers below to see if they can use your donation.
Without further ado, here’s a list of where you can get cloth face masks in Champaign-Urbana. We’ve included both local businesses and people in the community selling on their own. [Editor’s note: the recommendations below come from information shared by our readers.]
Where to purchase cloth masks in the broader Champaign-Urbana area
This Champaign Etsy shop has masks in all kinds of fabrics available for $9 each. These personal use face masks double layered with a pocket so you can add a filter or extra layer for protection. These are cotton blend masks with a stretchable band on each side to wrap around your ear. These also have a thing metal piece for shaping around your nose.
This chambanamoms.com reader is making colorful cloth masks of non-medical grade materials for $5 each, with options for porch pickup in Champaign or shipping (for an additional charge). You can place an order with this online form – please note that current processing time is about a week as of 4/15/20.
This Urbana-based German design studio has shifted their efforts into making and selling face masks. Masks cost $18.50 and use two layers of cotton fabric. These can be worn over an N95 mask, too. It may take a few days to fulfill your order.
A Mahomet family is offering child and adult masks for $5 each featuring the 1/8″ elastic loop design. Porch pick up in Mahomet. Place an order by filling out this short form.
These “ear saver” masks are made with two layers of quilting fabric and use a removable elastic band that wraps around the back of your head to save your ears. Also feature a spring cord lock for adjustability. They cost $10, and can either be picked up in downtown Urbana, or dropped off if people live approximately between there and downtown Champaign. Place your order here.
This Mahomet maker is selling masks so she can make more to donate. “I have taken a break from my normal shop items to make and donate 200 masks to my local hospital. I have decided to sell some here to be able to buy more supplies to donate more.” Stock includes Illini masks – in orange and blue and in pink, as well as Bears and other sports. Kids and adult masks are $10. Ships out in a couple of days. See masks and place your order here.
This Champaign maker is selling adult-size double layer reusable, washable, and reversible handmade face mask with one side being flannel fabric and the other side 100% breathable cotton fabric. $13 each. “I started these masks as a project to donate them to our local hospital because the hospital put out a request for them. After donating a couple batches I got requests from others outside the hospital for masks as well. To keep meeting the demand of the local hospital, I will continue to donate one mask to my local hospital for every mask I sell.” See masks and place your order here. Contact the seller to see about free local pickup
Mahnaz is making face masks for sale in a variety of sizes from cotton fabric with different patterns. Please reach out to her by calling this number and she will send you the pictures of masks available and other details.
Masks are available for purchase for $8 at Suits by Soouljah in Champaign. The address of the shop is 1708 W. Bradley. People can place an order by calling or texting Herbert Burnett at 915-276-0045 or contacting him via Facebook here.
Contact Sara by clicking here for a cloth mask with ties, not elastic. She is giving them away until her fabric stash is gone and will deliver.
Jennifer is making adult and child size masks. Elastic and tie back. $5. FB message her for available colors or text 815-715-0052. https://m.me/ladyjorchard
Cloth masks with nose wire and filter pocket in adult and children sizes. $7 each. For every 4 sold, 1 will be donated. Click here to order.
Mahomet’s Ace Hardware posted on Facebook 4/28 that they are selling hand-sewn cloth masks in 3 sizes — Adult ($6.99), Youth ($4.49), and Toddler ($3.49). Their store is open as well as offering curbside pickup. (804 Eastwood Dr, Ste 9D in Mahomet, (217) 586-3747)
They are producing a “fitted cup” style of mask with three layers of fabric and a pocket for optional filter insert. They have about a dozen different choices of fabric color/pattern to choose from. The masks have an adjustable behind-the-head/neck elastic band with a cord lock that lets you set the length for maximum comfort. A heavy-duty nose wire is especially useful for eyeglass wearers as it prevents fogging. They also have available kits of materials, with online instructions, for making our masks. The kits include six pieces of laser-cut fabric, nose wire, elastic, and cord lock: everything needed to assemble a mask using a sewing machine or hand-sewing. Click here to visit their website.
Geschenk Boutique is located in St. Joseph and is selling homemade masks for $5. “Please visit http://www.shopgeschenk.us to order masks.” Pickup at Geschenk Boutique.
“Masks are $3 apiece and have a filter pocket. I am able to make adult and children’s sizes. I can ship masks and the cost of shipping will be added to your total. I’m also doing porch pick-up (located in Seymour). I do have PayPal set up or I can take cash; I will not ship masks until I have received payment.”
These are manufactured, multiple layer, poly-cotton blend to help with moisture wicking, available in black only. Discounts and free shipping available on purchases of 100 or 1000. Purchase by clicking here or email here with questions.
Their goal is to donate two fabric face masks for every mask purchased to organizations around CU where they can be distributed to individuals and families that need them the most. Some customizations regarding color and pattern are available, as well as the option for adjustable tie-straps. Visit their Etsy shop here.
Offers washable and reusable cloth face masks in 3 different sizes, with ties or cord locks, and free first-class USPS shipping. Choose from a gallery of available fabrics. Find more mask info here.
Where to Donate Masks
Are you making masks and want to donate them? Our community thanks you! There are several ways to contribute:
1) Donate them to Champaign-Urbana Public Health District, who is distributing them to local businesses with essential workers. You can view their recommended sewing tutorial here. If you’re a business that needs masks, contact CUPHD: 217-239-7877 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Note that on Tuesday, April 28, WCIA 3 News is partnering with CUPHD, United Way, and Champaign County EDC to collect homemade masks for essential employees throughout the county; this no-contact collection is occurring in WCIA’s back lot (entrance off Randolph Street).
2) There are still healthcare organizations that are taking the masks as well, including Carle. More info HERE.
Would you like to connect with other mask makers in C-U and find out what the community’s ever-emerging needs are? Join the CU Mask Makers group on Facebook for tips on getting started and to connect with other area mask makers.
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