March 21, 2020

Pitching in to make some masks

A person wearing a prototype TOM BIHN face mask.

UPDATE: We are now at capacity manufacturing simple, reusable, washable/dryable surgical-style face masks in our Seattle factory.

Please note: these are not medical-grade masks. We’re a backpack factory and we’re making masks instead of bags due to the shortage of surgical masks and other PPE (personal protective equipment) that our healthcare community is facing. 

The masks we are able to make are simple cotton surgical masks that can be washed, dried, and reused. They can be worn by those experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or over N95s in an effort to extend their life. Make no mistake: what we’re making is not first rate medical equipment — but we do hope they will help in the situations in which their use is appropriate.  

All of this is evolving and changing very quickly. We’ll post updates as often as we can.

The mask below was patterned by Kaas as part of the "1 Million Masks" effort. If you're a manufacturer or home sewer and want to help make masks, please follow the link above. 

Surgical Mask / N95 "mask cover" for COVID-19 ~ Made in USA 


peggy - April 17, 2020

Thank you for doing this, Tom Bihn! Any chance of making them with filter pocket?

Annelisa Schneider - March 29, 2020

Long time, happy customers here, and not at all surprised to see you stepping up to help in this crisis. Your actions align with everything our family has experienced when purchasing and enjoying your products. I see there’s no mechanism for making a monetary contribution on the Million Masks site…can I donate directly to you toward cost of your materials? Keep up the fantastic work…my heart is with you!

Heather - March 25, 2020

Already loved your company, love you even more now. Thank you!

Jamie Weaver - March 25, 2020

Please let us know where to donate!

MAry ANne RAdmacher - March 25, 2020

I learned about TomBihn through Patti Digh’s Life Is A Verb camp.

What can we do to support you.

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