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Models with my version of a 3D mask

| Masks shown above are "Bone Embroidered Gauze" and "Purple Geometric" | 

 

What? This blog is not about making funky ice . . .

You are correct. But as most of you know, experimentation is my thing. I am just swapping ice for fabric at this point in time. After receiving multiple requests for masks, I decided to dip my toe into the mask-making waters to see what happens. It will definitely be a side gig and I am hoping that the retreat of the Covid-19 bug will put me out of business for good. Besides, it is summer and I have my garden to tend, my home to keep clean and organized, my graphic design and proofing work with my husband's business (Hedbergmaps.com) and of course, Tom and I are working to make the coming WINTERCRAFT season as amazing as possible. We will all be looking for fun family wintertime activities that also make our homes sparkle!

Why did I decide to start selling masks? After making and donating about 500 masks, I realized what worked and what did not when it came to masks. I wanted to make a mask that was comfortable, breathable and that people would WANT to wear. So, I tried and altered a slew of mask patterns that I found online. Having a limited supply of elastic created a challenging obstacle, but each time I worked with a mask pattern, the goal was the same: make a better mask! People who had received my masks started wanting more . . .

Please keep in mind that the masks I make are NOT MEDICAL GRADE. Each mask has a FILTER POCKET, so you can ramp up the protection, but it will still not protect you as well as an N95 or other medical grade mask. In this time of Covid-19, we all know that masks are worn for other people. It is my belief, that while we are asked to wear masks in public, we should feel good about it - on all levels.

mask interior and features

How to order masks?  Use my email to contact me: jh at wintercraft.com

How to pay for the masks? I have not decided how money will change hands. Should I add the masks to the Wintercraft shop page, bartering, or should I just use Venmo? For now, that is up in the air. I will edit this section when I know the plan. 

(Sold on the idea and want to see the current fabric selections? Scroll down)

 

The Mask Pattern

What makes this pattern special is the structure of the mask. The way the fabric is folded and stitched creates "bones" of fabric that hold the continuous front panel of away from the nose and mouth. This creates a gigantic breathing and talking space. Need to wear a mask at work where you will be talking all the time? This mask is for you!

The continuous front panel was another feature that sold me on this pattern. With a solid front panel, a pretty fabric would not be skewed by lots of folds or seams. Below is the first mask I made using this pattern and it sold me on the idea!

Jen wearing first version of Maskcraft by Jen mask

 

The Fabric

In the initial phase of the Covid-19 lockdown, we all had to be creative. I did not have much fabric on hand, but I did have old sheets and clothes that I had bundled to be donated. I pulled out the clothes that were made of 100% cotton and other natural fibers and started making masks for my family and neighbors. Then a kind neighbor dropped off bags of cotton fabric and I started making masks to donate. My stock of elastic ran out, so I started making the Olson variety that used hair bands. (With two long-haired daughters, I had a huge stash of hair binders). But I was not satisfied with the fit and comfort level of this mask pattern, so I went searching. There were many online and I tried about 12 versions.  

Collection of past mask experiments

Not only did I play with the main structure of the mask, but I tried several different ways of holding the masks on the head and used whatever fabric I could find. When my supply of elastic completely ran out and needed something longer than hair binders, I turned to 1" strips of t-shirts with an added pony bead to allow for the strips of t-shirting to be adjustable. 

When the consignment clothing stores opened up again, I was first in line and headed down to the basement where they are practically given the clothes away. I found shirts, skirts and dresses made of fine linen, cotton and silk, and for my purposes, the bigger the better. I found a 4x dress made of beautiful cotton lawn fabric that produced enough fabric for 20 masks! Did I say it was $4? Jackpot! So, that's how I started using reclaimed clothing for my masks. 

Because the pattern creates "bones" in the fabric, that allows me to use lightweight, high thread count fabric and the mask stays on the face. If I am using a heavier weight fabric for the front, I will use super lightweight fabric for the lining pieces to keep the mask airy and breathable. If I am using a very lightweight gauzy or a fabric with embroidered holes in it, I will used an extra lining sheet. 

 

Elastic Loops or T-shirt bands Options

1. Elastic ear loops with a strip of t-shirt material and bead to make it adjustable. This way is intuitive. The elastic goes around the ears and the t-shirt material pulls it away from the back of the ear to improve comfort and make it adjustable. The mask lowers easily, and if the t-shirt material is used, can be hung around the neck when the mask is not over the face. Easy on-easy off. This is how your mask will look unless you choose option #2 below.

elastic and t-shirt ties

2. T-shirt material that criss crosses in the back behind the neck. A binding must be added for the t-shirt material. Some people are challenged with how to use this style, but in the long run, the t-shirt material near the ear make this option considerably more comfortable for long wear. The mask lowers easily and can be hung around the neck when the mask is not over the face. The t-shirt material does not have as much give as elastic, so it is harder to take all the way off and all the way on. Add $5 for this option.

T-shirt material ties

 

Current Fabric Selections 

This list is alphabetical by fabric name and includes the type of fabric and how many are available to be made.

If a fabric was gleaned from a used shirt or dress, there will be a limited supply. If the fabric was purchased, there still may be a limited supply because I cannot buy more of that fabric.

The picture of each fabric shows a close up of the fabric to see the "tooth" of the fabric and what a mask made with this fabric could look like. Each mask made with large patterned fabric will be different. 

To order or ask questions, use my email to contact me: jh atwintercraft.com.


Architecture

Fabric name: Architecture

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Fabric store Used Clothing

Number available: 6

Price: $25

 

Birds-eye Lakes

Fabric name: Birds-Eye Lakes

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 6

Price: $25

 

Black and White swirling dots

Fabric name: Black and White Swirling Dots

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton with 3% Spandex (This is my first time using this type of fabric, but it should be fine to not be 100% cotton. The internal material will be 100% cotton.

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 11

Price: $25

 

Blowing Clouds Linen

Fabric name: Blowing Clouds Linen

Fabric type: Heavyweight linen

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 4

Price: $25

 

Blue Chambrey

Fabric name: Blue Chambrey

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 4 

Price: $25

 

Blue Compass Rose Pattern

Fabric name: Blue Compass Rose Pattern

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 11 

Price: $25

 

Blue Diamond Houndstooth

Fabric name: Blue Diamond Houndstooth

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 8 

Price: $25

 

Blue Fish Birds and Boats Toile

Fabric name: Blue Fish Birds and Boats Toile

Fabric type: Mid-weight cotton

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 4 with varying patterns 

Price: $25

 

Blue Geometric Embroidery

Fabric name: Blue Geometric Embroidery

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 4 

Price: $25

 

Blue Grey Linen Gauze Tablecloth

Fabric name: Blue Grey Linen Gauze Tablecloth

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton gauze with linen-like texture

Source: Used tablecloth

Number available: 10 

Price: $25

 

Blue Grey Tablecloth w Embroidery

Fabric name: Blue Grey Tablecloth w Embroidery

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton gauze with linen-like texturewith embroidered embellishments

Source: Used tablecloth

Number available: 10 

Price: $25

 

Blue Linen Batik

Fabric name: Blue Linen Batik

Fabric type: Lightweight linen

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 12 with varying patterns 

Price: $25

 

Blue Paisley

Fabric name: Blue Paisley

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 4 

Price: $25

 

Blue Silk Hexagons

Fabric name: Blue Silk Hexagons

Fabric type: Heavyweight Silk

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 14 

Price: $25

 

Blue Square Triangle

Fabric name: Blue Square Triangle

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton lawn

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 8 

Price: $25

 

Blue Striped Gauze

Fabric name: Blue Striped Gauze

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton gauze

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 20 

Price: $25

 

Blue Sunflower Pattern

Fabric name: Blue Sunflowers Pattern

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 8 

Price: $25

 

Blue Thistle Batiste

Fabric name: Blue Thistle Batiste

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton batiste

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 4 with varying patterns 

Price: $25

 

Bone Embroidered Circles

Fabric name: Bone Embroidered Circles

Fabric type: Thick embroidered cotton with cotton backing. Perfect for a bridal mask. 

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 4 

Price: $30

 

Bone Embroidered Gauze

Fabric name: Bone Embroidered Gauze

Fabric type: Lightweight embroidered cotton. Perfect for a bridal mask. 

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 6 

Price: $25

 

Carrots

Fabric name: Carrots

Fabric type: Mid-weight cotton (white background)

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 4 

Price: $25

 

Cats in Glasses

Fabric name: Cats in Glasses

Fabric type: Mid-weight cotton

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 4 with varying patterns 

Price: $25

 

Coral Linen

Fabric name: Coral Linen

Fabric type: Mid-weight linen

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 8 

Price: $25

 

Curious George

Fabric name: Curious George

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 6 with varying patterns 

Price: $25

 

Embroidered Flowers on Black

Fabric name: Embroidered Flowers on Black

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton with embroidery

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 10 

Price: $25

 

Green Tree Pattern

Fabric name: Green Tree Pattern

Fabric type: Mid-weight cotton

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 10 

Price: $25

 

Grey Ribbon Tablecloth

Fabric name: Grey Ribbon Tablecloth

Fabric type: thick soft cotton

Source: Used tablecloth

Number available: 10 with varying patterns 

Price: $25

 

Indigo Linen

Fabric name: Indigo Linen

Fabric type: Lightweight Linen

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 19 

Price: $25

 

Lavender Paisley Toile

Fabric name: Lavender Paisley Toile

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 4 

Price: $25

 

Liberty of London Strawberry Thief Blue

Fabric name: Liberty of London Strawberry Thief Blue

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton 

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 4  

Price: $25

 

Liberty of London Blue Grey

Fabric name: Liberty of London Strawberry Thief Blue Grey

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton lawn

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 4 - cut sideways 

Price: $30

 

Liberty of London Teal

Fabric name: Liberty of London Strawberry Thief Blue Grey

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton lawn

Source: Fabric store (store is sold out)

Number available: 2 already made - one with t-shirt material for ties, the other with elastic and t-shirt. 

Price: $25

 

Magenta Leaf Pattern

Fabric name: Magenta Leaf Pattern

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 16 

Price: $25

 

Multi-color-Modern

Fabric name: Multi-color-Modern

Fabric type: Mid-weight cotton

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 4 with varying patterns 

Price: $25

 

Muted-Floral-Linen

Fabric name: Muted-Floral-Linen

Fabric type: Lightweight linen

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 12 with varying patterns 

Price: $25

 

 

Painted Lady Butterflies

Fabric name: Painted Lady Butterflies

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 4 with varying patterns 

Price: $25

 

Pillow-Panel-Bear

Fabric name: Pillow Panel Bear

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 1 SOLD, but can buy more fabric 

Price: $25

 

Pillow Panel Big Flowers

Fabric name: Pillow Panel Big Flowers

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 1, but can buy more fabric  

Price: $25

 

Pillow Pattern Owl 

Fabric name: Pillow Pattern Owl

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 1, but can buy more fabric  

Price: $25

 

Pillow Panel Rabbit

Fabric name: Pillow Panel Rabbit

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 1, but can buy more fabric 

Price: $25

 

 Pillow Panel White Flowers

Fabric name: Pillow Panel White Flowers

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 0, but can buy more fabric 

Price: $25

 

Pillow Panel Winter Spring

Fabric name: Pillow Panel Winter & Spring

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 1, but can buy more fabric 

Price: $25

 

Pink Clover

Fabric name: Pink Clover

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 12 

Price: $25

 

Pink-Patterned-Gauze

Fabric name: Pink Patterned Gauze

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton gauze with subtle pattern

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 12 

Price: $25

 

 

Pretty Pink Floral

Fabric name: Pretty Pink Floral

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 8 with varying patterns 

Price: $25

 

Purple Geometric

Fabric name: Purple Geometric

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Fabric donated

Number available: 6 

Price: $25

 

 

Red Paisley

Fabric name: Red Paisley

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 8 with varying patterns - SOLD 4

Price: $25

Red Paisley mask on styrofoam head

 

Royal Blue Linen

Fabric name: Royal Blue Linen

Fabric type: Lightweight linen

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 15 

Price: $25

 

 

Tiny Pink Flowers Gauze

Fabric name: Tiny Pink Flowers Gauze

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton gauze

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 6 

Price: $25

 

Vases & Roses on Black

Fabric name: Vases & Roses on Black

Fabric type: Mid-weight cotton

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 12 with varying patterns 

Price: $25

 

Vibrant Foral Linen 

Fabric name: Vibrant Foral Linen

Fabric type: Mid-weight linen

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 8 with varying patterns 

Price: $25

 

Wacky Flowers on Pink

Fabric name: Wacky Flowers on Pink

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 4 

Price: $25

 

Warm Grey Batik

Fabric name: Warm Grey Batik

Fabric type: Lightweight linen

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 7 with varying patterns 

Price: $25

 

White Cotton Tablecloth

Fabric name: White Cotton Tablecloth

Fabric type: heavyweight cotton with beautiful weave - perfect for bridal mask

Source: Used tablecloth

Number available: 10 with varying patterns 

Price: $25

 

White Flowers on Blue Lawn 

Fabric name: White Flowers on Blue Lawn

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton lawn

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 10 

Price: $30

 

White on Black Batik Gauze

Fabric name: White on Black Batik Gauze

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton gauze

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 4 

Price: $25

 

 White Swirls

Fabric name: White Swirls w Embroidery

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton w Embroidery - BEAUTIFUL!

Source: Used clothing

Number available: 5 

Price: $30

 

Wild Pink on White

Fabric name: Wild Pink on White

Fabric type: Lightweight cotton (iridescent pink on white)

Source: Fabric store

Number available: 10 with varying patterns 

Price: $25

 

 

 

And since you made it to the bottom, you could help me with a little problem. My husband has this beautiful shirt that he never wears. Should I cut it up or not?

Blue Star Pattern Shirt

The fabric has a delicious tooth to it. 

blue Star Pattern

Should I do it? I probably will . . . but will I tell Tom?

As I mentioned before, feel free to contact me via my email: jh at wintercraft.com to order masks or ask questions.

Final note: Models used are my daughter Lena and her boyfriend Ty. They were paid off in masks :)

Enjoy the glow of knowing you are protecting others and looking good!

-- Jennifer Shea Hedberg, The Ice Wrangler

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Comments (1 Response)

24 June, 2020

Katie

Beautiful fabrics! I can vouch for these masks – so well designer, durable and comfortable. Jen has it figured out!

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