Masks & Sewing

These masks are, of course, not medical-grade PPE. They are handmade, well-constructed, two-layer cotton cloth masks. Are they the best masks ever? Maybe for you they are! My kids (ages 10 and 12) have decided they like wearing these at school. One kid just told me it was so comfortable that she forgot she was wearing it, and tried to drink water through it three times. Three times! High praise from a pre-teen.

All items shown are in stock, but many are one-of-a-kind so once it has been purchased, it's gone.

Payment & Shipping:

Payment options are credit card or PayPal (via PayPal), or if you would prefer to e-transfer that is an option. Choose "cash on delivery" at checkout and then send an EMT to greybird.cpst@gmail.com for the total, referencing your order # in the memo line. I am set up for automatic deposit so no password required, but if your bank insists, don't forget to tell me what it is.

For those in Winnipeg who would prefer to pick-up choose the "local pick-up" option. I will email you to make arrangements.

I package and ship 1-2 times per week. All masks will go by regular letter mail. Cons: no tracking. Pros: very inexpensive, and I have priced the shipping accordingly.

Fit & Adjustability:

Shaped at the nose and chin with adjustable ear loops, these masks are made in three sizes. Read carefully to see which one is likely to be the best for you. Please know that I've described them to the best of my ability, tested on a range of people, but can not promise it will fit perfectly for you or your kids.

Mini: For kids aged 2 through approximately 6. Kids under 2 should not wear a mask.

Medium: For kids approximately aged 6+ up to and including some adults with small or petite faces.

Adult: Will fit most adults, including over some beards.

large-medium-mini

How to size:

Firstly, please forgive these ridiculous photos. These are not the best selfies I have ever taken but I'm committed to the mask-wearing cause and want you to be comfortable.

Use a flexible measuring tape (or non-stretchy string or anything else you can curve around your face and then line up to a ruler) and measure from the bridge of your nose to under your chin with your mouth open.

Less than 12 cm (4.75") --> mini

Between 12 cm (4.75") and 16 cm (6.25") --> medium

More than 16 cm (6.25") --> large

If you measure right on the line between sizes you will probably fit best in the larger size, and accept that it will be a bit big. But since we appear to be in this for the long haul, a child will likely grow into it. Adults who measure right on the border might have to gamble and pick...or get one of each and gift the one that isn't the best fit to lucky friend.

Photos below show how to measure (from two delightful angles), and then me wearing an adult mask (green) and a medium mask (black/rainbow). The medium one stays on my face if I don't open my mouth, but as soon as I talk it slips off my nose. I have spared you that photo; you're welcome.

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Large mask on adult
Medium mask - too small!

Adjusting fit of ear loops:

The adjusters are soft silicone, but grip nicely to the elastic. They don't move in the wash when contained in a delicates bag. Slide them along the loop until the mask sits comfortably on your face - evenly, or you can pull the top or bottom tighter or looser to change the angle at which it sits.

If you pull the adjuster off the end you can reattach it using a small-gauge crochet hook, or a needle and thread to draw the elastic back through. If your child is likely to pull the adjusters off, or you are around small children who put things in their mouths, tie a knot at the very end of the elastic, there should be sufficient length to do this (see photo of blue mask below).

Mini mask on 5yo
Mini mask on 5yo
Mini mask on 3yo
Mini mask on 3yo
Mini mask on 3yo
Mini mask on 3yo
Medium mask on 12yo
Medium mask on 12yo
Shaping and fit from the front
Shaping and fit from the front
Adult mask fit from above
Adult mask fit from above
Medium mask on 10yo
Medium mask on 10yo
Adjuster (white) with knot at end
Adjuster (white) with knot at end
Shaping and fit at the chin
Shaping and fit at the chin

Fabric & Components:

All fabric has been pre-washed and pre-shrunk. The product photos show the outside fabric, and the liner is a surprise. Embrace the mystery!

Elastic is 4mm flat, black at the moment because that is what is available. If we encounter a worldwide shortage of elastic again (this is a real thing) the colour or type might change, but I'll choose the best available option.

Ear adjusters are silicone and are either black or white. Thread is high quality, and colour coordinates or at least doesn’t clash horribly.

If there is a stray thread that made it past my aging eyes, please snip it, the mask won’t fall apart.

 

Wash and care:

Wash before wearing! And then wash and dry regularly. If you have a delicates, lingerie, or produce bag, consider washing masks in it. Hanging to dry will prolong the mask’s life, but make sure it is fully dry before wearing. Any stitch marking remaining on the lining of the fabric will wash off the first time through the laundry. You could iron them if you wanted to, but…why? Ew. They don’t need it to maintain their shape. The single pleat will expand when the ear loops are hooked on.

About me:

I'm Jen. I've been sewing since I was 7. As a teenager I made alternations for a local funky clothing store, upcyling and rehabbing denim and other items before it was cool. In the early 2000s I learned to quilt, and a quilter almost never throws out even the tiniest scrap of fabric. Once upon a time I taught home ec to middle schoolers, and sewing to young offenders. In April and May I contributed a significant quantity of the 10,000+ scrub cabs locally produced for healthcare workers and that depleted my fabric stash quite a bit, but there was enough left for masks. The world opened up, and then school started, and suddenly my family (and I) were very particular about the fit, comfort, and look of their masks. I experimented with a lot of different patterns and we have all decided that this one is our favourite. Maybe it will become yours too.

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