Wear Your Mask: Where to Get PPW and How to Make Them

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Massachusetts’ Governor Charlie Baker issued an order effective Wednesday, May 6 requiring face masks or cloth face coverings in both outdoor and indoor public places where social distancing is not possible.

Exceptions include children under the age of 2 and those unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a medical condition. Click here to read the full DPH Guidance.

The order has everyone scrambling to acquire masks from local makers or figure out how to make their own. As a result, many mask makers have experienced burnout from the flood of orders and don’t have enough supplies to meet those demands.

They are doing good work.

Luckily, many other makers have joined in the efforts, meaning that you can support local art AND follow the new orders. Mask fashion is the current fashion, and we are all spoiled for choice.

Salem Buskers wear masks too!

Where to Buy Personal Protective Wear (PPW)

Editors Note: Due to the high demand, please check with each artisan first before assuming they have stock. Things are changing rapidly, and while we will try to keep this article updated for the month of May, things might not be fully up to date.

And on that subject, if you are a maker and want to be on this list, send us a message at and we’ll include you.


Local PPW Mask Makers

How to Make PPW

Not Quite, Try Again

The CDC is full of recommendations for how to do it right. For example, click here for tips on how to wear a mask, here for how to make one of your own, and this Ten Things To Know article by WGBH is extremely helpful in navigating this new order.

SaVor Designs also put together this great tutorial with material and sewing instructions. As long as you have the time and some materials, you can do this too.

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New mask fabrics are now available! We found out when we went to pick up an online order for fabric at Joanne's earlier this week that they are now *letting people into the store* and we went a little crazy… 😆 These are all now up in our shop! (Link in bio). Still $8 with free shipping 😊 We're also happy to do a pay-what-you-can price if you want to DM us. All our masks are two layers of cotton with a layer of non-woven interfacing fabric between them for added protection. They have a nose wire in the top, and straps that tie rather than elastic. (However, if you would prefer a mask with elastic, DM us or message us on Etsy and we can make that for you!) We recommend hand washing your mask with similar colors. You can also leave it out in the direct sun for an hour or two and that will take care of any bacteria on it as well. All the fabrics in our first mask post are still available as well! (The rainbow cats are going fast though, only 3 left!) Happy Mother's Day, Happy Sunday, stay safe, be well 🖤💜 . . . . #supportsmallbusiness #maskmaker #covidmasks #facemaskhomemade #facemaskselfie #facemasktime #facemaskforsale #facemaskfashion #covid19 #ppe #cutemask #staysafeandhealthy #handmademask #witchsociety #witchesofig #carepackage #womanowned #queerowned #altfashion #forestwitch #greenwitch #witchaesthetic #naturalwitch #witchesofig #witchlife #pagansofig #moonmagick #witchyvibes #witchsociety #moonchild

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