How I Started My Cloth Face Mask Business In High School During A Pandemic
When the Covid-19 pandemic began in March 2020, I was just an ordinary high school freshman. I went to school, did my homework, and spent time with my friends. I even had two great after school jobs: as a tutor for a third grade student and a babysitter. I was taking sewing lessons weekly, and learning how to make my own clothes. Suddenly, when the pandemic hit, everything stopped: no more school, no more friends, no more sewing, and I lost both of my after school jobs.
While I was stuck home in quarantine, I came across a YouTube video on how to make cloth face masks. I decided to make a few face masks as a project for my online art class, and my teacher loved them. Friends and family started asking me to make them cloth face masks, and my business started: Natalie's Masks LLC. My twelve year old sister and parents created a website for my business, and I was featured in two local media outlets: https://www.mybergen.com/natalies-masks-tenafly-nj/ and https://jewishstandard.timesofisrael.com/tenafly-teen-launches-mask-company/
I make all of the cloth face masks myself, using breathable cotton fabric and stretchable elastics. They fit well, look good, and last for a long time. Every time I see someone wearing one of the masks I made, it makes me proud and happy to help others. I enjoy putting my sewing skills to good use, and I give back to my community by donating a portion of my profits to local food pantries. My handmade cloth face masks are available for purchase on my website: Natalie's Masks. One of my most popular and favorite face masks, the Checker Print mask, looks great on men and women. The cloth face masks are available for free local delivery in Bergen County, New Jersey, or for shipping anywhere in the United States within a couple of business days.
I am currently finishing up a lifeguard course, will be certified soon, and am looking for a lifeguard job this summer. Today was my last day of online school. I hope to go back to school in person for tenth grade in the fall. In the meantime, I'm staying busy this summer and will keep making masks!