The Quillow Queen

Washable, Reusable Face Masks

Posted by Lesley 17 Apr 2020 at 02:03


Since the craft market scene has shut down and I cannot get out to meet people and showcase my pillows, I have decided to put my sewing skills to work on a more current issue - face masks. It looks like this Covid-19 situation will be ongoing for some time and we are advised to wear a mask when going out to get groceries etc and cannot always keep our distance. So I did my research on design and materials, tested out a few different designs, checked out what mask styles folks were wearing while I stood in line at Costco recently, and came up with a plan.

I found that the popular shaped mask (with a center seam) was not a great fit for me (I have a very small, angular face), and since fit is a major issue, I decided to customize the standard pleated design to overcome the issues of gaps around the nose, sides and chin area to provide a comfortable, secure and more customizable fit. I make my masks with 2-3 layers of tightly woven cotton and poly/cotton (all pre-shrunk) which can withstand repeated hot washes. I also created them in 3 different sizes, and can add an optional pocket inside for a filter, if you desire.

I also decided to have some fun with this by using left over pieces of fabric I have collected from previous quilting projects. I have lots of small pieces of fun, themed fabrics suitable for men, women, and youth, so why not make a fun fashion statement with your mask? I have nose strips due to arrive literally any minute, and I have 2 orders of elastic and the filters on their way. So I am now ready to offer pre-ordering of your “made-to-order” masks.

To order, please email me with the following details -

  • Size (S~6 1/2” x 5 1/4”, M~7 1/4” x 6”, L~8” x 6 1/2”)
  • Number of individual masks, or 3-packs
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd Choice of themed fabric

Prices are $10 each, or $25 for a pack of 3. PM2.5 5-layer activated carbon filters are $1 each.

Currently available themed fabrics: Basketball, Books, Cars, Cats, Dogs, Horses, Maple Leafs (not red), Medals, Rodeo, Sea Creatures, Soccer, Super Heroes, Tractors, Wildlife.

I will do my best to satisfy your requests, but I cannot make any guarantees as I can only make a limited number of masks with any given fabric.

Payment: My preferred method is via E-transfer. I will send you instructions once your order is confirmed. Alternatively I can offer contactless payment via Square (debit or credit) at my door. You can pick up from my front step, or I can offer free delivery within Cochrane.