***FINAL WEEK: Mask Fundraiser - Stock Blowout!: Enter code RUC2020 during check out to get 50% off the sales price and have 100% of your mask purchase donated to RUC.***

Handmade 100% Cotton Masks

From Practical to Pretty to Playful

High quality cotton purchased from Canadian quilting and fabric stores.

(These are non-medical masks.)

Order Pickup / Delivery Times

Orders are currently being processed within one to three days.

Until October 31st, local delivery is available in the Greater Edmonton area for orders that are $20 or more. Orders in this promotion will be delivered no later than October 31st.

Local Pickup is also still available.

Available Patterns

  • 110 Language of Coffee in Espresso Black
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  • 103 Bloom in Navy
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  • 127 Midnight Train in White on Black
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  • 111 Language of Coffee in Vanilla Bean White
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  • 135 Butterfly Garden
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  • 106 Budding Vines in Silver (Memoirs)
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  • 107 Coffee Rings in Vanilla Bean or Warm Grey
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  • 124 Paper Airplanes on Purple / Blue (Recess)
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  • 104 Garden Flowers in Stone / Navy
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  • 125 Jacks in Blue / Green (Recess)
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Solid Combinations

  • 108 Black Face Covering, Choose Your Accent Binding
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  • 133 Dark Grey Face Covering, Choose Your Accent Binding
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  • 116 Red & Black Face Covering
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  • 102 Mist-Colored Face Covering, Choose Your Accent Binding
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  • 101 Antique Lace-Colored Face Covering, Choose Your Accent Binding
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Mask Sizes Explained

With a Regular Sized Mask

If you would like a narrower mask, but with the length of the regular size, simply leave a note in the order asking that the mask you are ordering be sent as a "Regular Narrow"!

Adjustable Ear Loops

One of the perks of this design is that the elastics are replaceable with either another piece of elastic, or ties, if that is your preference. 

The adjustable ear loops make the two sizes I make very flexible.  You just adjust the ear loops to be larger or smaller to create the best fit for your face.

To the left, I have a regular size mask on my face.  To the right, I have a child sized mask on my face so that you can gauge the difference in the sizes.

I do not recommend the child size mask for a face my size!  But if you like the width across the face, but would like it to extend further down on the chin, leave a note in  your order and I can make the regular mask narrower for you.

With a Child Mask

If the option for a child size mask is not available for a pattern that you would like, simply leave a note in the order asking that the mask you are ordering be sent as the smaller size!

Fitting Your Face Covering to Your Face

Knotting your Ear Loops

Untie the elastic loop on your mask.  Loosely tie the two ends together at your preferred length.  Try the mask on, adjust the knot if necessary.  Once you have the fit to your liking, tie the knot tight and trim the ends.  Slide the elastic around so that the knot is concealed in the binding.

Nose Bridge Wires

Finding the right material for the nose bridge was a challenge.  Pipe cleaners weren't strong enough.  Paperclips worked, but they broke too easily.  Next came thin flexible industrial wire that is mold-able.  The ends were sharp, so each one has to have the ends curled in after is it cut.  The main problem with the wire is that it would rust after a few washes.  To resolve this, after we cut and curl the ends, we use rust-preventing spray paint to paint them and help prevent the rusting issue.

Now, each regular mask has a wire sewn into the top of the mask.  This allows you to fit the top of the mask to you nose bridge and it is long enough to extend under your eyes, which helps reduce eyeglass fogging, should you wear glasses.

Fitting Your Mask

Caring for Your Mask

Washing Your Mask

This article from cbc.ca discusses several ways to clean your mask, including:

-steaming for 10 to 15 minutes

-heating at 70C for one hour

-immersing in boiling water for 30 seconds

-washing in cold water, with detergent/soap

I was wash on delicate/gentle cycle, using warm to hot water. I do find that the wear and tear on the wire seam is greater, so I plan on exploring these additional methods, discussed in the article.  Read this article yourself by selecting the button displayed below "CBC Article".

CBC Article

Drying Your Mask

When drying, I dry it flat, shaping the mask as you lay it out.  This helps reduce wrinkles and helps minimize the urge to iron them.  Ironing is okay, but why if you don’t have to?

You can put the masks in the dryer, but again, it increases the wear and tear on the mask and the wire has a greater risk of eventually poking through the fabric.  And it leads to the urge to iron.

About Your Mask Maker

Donation of a Percentage of the Sales

I sew more non-medical masks than I could ever reasonably use.  I plan to donate a large portion of the profits to various charities.   The first two will be here in Edmonton:  my father-in-law's care home and the Riverbend United Church.  Until October 31st, I am doing a fundraiser with the RUC and will be donating 50% of the sales made through the fundraiser back to RUC.

An interesting fact:  I say percentage of the sales because to say a percentage of the profits is relatively subjective in my mind.  I am originally trained as an accountant, so to me, using the sales amount allows me to calculate and send in the donations on a regular basis, while allowing me to procrastinating tabulating my expenses (shopping) and any resulting profits.

Testimonials

I consider myself very fortunate to have discovered "Michalko-Making".  They are very comfortable, easy to care for (instructions included), and quite functional (i.e. easy to adjust so my glasses do not fog).  My wife comfortably wears her mask in school settings.    I am so pleased that I highly recommended these masks to my parents who are seniors and high risk.  Thank you for caring for us "Michalko-Making"!!!

 

Best thoughts & stay safe!! William

Interesting Information

Inspiration

When I first started making masks and got to the point where they weren't embarrassing, I made a few in my "work" colors and sent them to my boss.  A colleague of mine send me this video which I just loved.  It was part of my inspiration to keep on making them! 

Select the button #Masks4All to view this video.

#Masks4All

Cleaning Reusable Masks

This article from cbc.ca (select the button below to see the article) discusses several ways to clean your mask and differentiates between deactivating the virus vs washing the mask.

Methods include:

-steaming for 10 to 15 minutes

-heating at 70C for one hour

-immersing in boiling water for 30 seconds

-even washing in cold water (using soap/detergent)

I put a mask in my toaster oven on 200F, the lowest it would go, for an hour. The mask was fine. I was worried about the elastic, but it seems to have held up well. (The bonus of this design is if the elastics do wear quicker due to the heat, they are easily replaceable.)

Cleaning Reusable Masks