The Making of a Mask

We, the singular we, work to provide you a quality product which will be comfortable to the wearer while working to reduce your risks while out in public. No commonly available mask can protect you 100%. The goal is that the mask, in conjunction with social distancing and proper sanitary measure, will drastically reduce your risk of exposure to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the virus which causes the Covid-19 disease, as well as other flu and cold viruses which may be lingering.

Often one hears the question, pertaining to PPE, “Which one is better?” The answer is realistically, the one which gets worn. Suppose the question referred to safety work boots. There’s the 15 pound steel toe boots with 52 inch laces and 16 lace holes… then there’s the 4 pound composite with lace lashing posts that can be fastened in 45 seconds. Perhaps the steel toe offers 10% better protection, but with weight and preparation time, perhaps shortcuts will happen and they won’t be worn. The best PPE is that which gets worn.

When putting this in the context of masks, You, as an ordinary citizen, are nt even likely to get your hands on a mask (system… it won’t be just a mask) which gives full protection, and if you could, it might be so obtrusive that you probably wouldn’t wear it religiously… “I just need to go into the store for a second. I’ll be back out in less time than it takes to put the mask assembly on.” Nope, not good at all.

My masks are meant to be comfortable. The ear loops hold the mask in place, but do not try to yank your ears to your cheeks. The lower edge is designed to cup around the chin, and the upper edge is shaped to ride the ridge of the nose down to your mouth area. The mask is not stretched tight over the mouth, and there is room inside the mask for breathing through a larger surface area than just that area over the mouth and nostrils. This is where the comfort begins.

The lining on the face side of the mask is cotton or a cotton blend. The next layer, the inside layer, is microfiber using it’s characteristics to act as a filter with its finer openings and it’s electrical reaction to moisture and dirt.

The outer layers, of our standard masks, are usually cotton or a cotton blend. The fabric may vary should the customer provide their own fabric for the outer layer. Cotton or a cotton mix is recommended, and should you find a pattern you like on microfiber, that might be acceptable as well.

We start with a blank of quilters craft fabric for the face side of the mask and cut the material to the proper size and shape.
We select our microfiber and that to cut it down to working pieces.
We make a selection for the outside layer of the mask and cut out our working pieces of that as well.
We match our mask parts together, sew them up, and trim them before flipping them inside out for completion.
All that’s needed now are the ear loops.
We add the ear loops, fasten the ends, and….
We have a completed mask.

Price point selected. $8.00 per mask

After a little thought, and calculating expenses, time involved, and lack of time to spend elsewhere, and with some clients suggesting that I should charge more, I have arrived at the price of $8.00 per mask, although the marketing person in me screaming to get out suggests I should charge $8.99 as a more attention grabbing price.

Therefore I will have two pricing tiers. For most people the price will be:

$8.00

However, if you want to feel special and superior, I will be offering the same product for an attention grabbing:

$8.99

The choice is yours. Budget or MQL. It’s all the same to us.

Overload. Part 2. SUPPLY SHORTAGE.

Popped out 18 masks for delivery Monday morning and ended up with another six orders… I’m short the face side lining for one mask. Looks like a late morning trip to Joanne’s before I get to bed for tonight’s shift…. Also have a few I need to make for family so I need much more face side lining. Plenty of inner microfiber lining and front facing pattern fabric though.

The last four masks possible until a resupply trip to Joanne Fabrics later today.

When is a mask, not a mask?

My grandson loves his mask. He wears it without fault… except it is the only mask he will wear. His uncle has the exact same mask pattern, although in a slightly larger size, and he loves that he and his uncle have the same mask. Any other mask, is not a mask as far as he is concerned… perhaps he will change his mind eventually, or perhaps his uncle is going to have to get some new masks to match what we want to make for grandson.

For Connar, it isn’t a mask unless it is this pattern.