Things sadly aren’t going back to the way they were anytime soon, let’s face it. And wearing face masks is one of the easiest and most effective things we can do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
I really don’t know what all the fuss is about. Wear a mask! It could literally save lives. And if you need reason beyond that, think of it as a hot new fashion accessory.
Since the pandemic was declared in March, I’ve been trying to find local mask makers to support and am happy to highlight them in this blog! I list my top three after the general listing below as well.
While I certainly prefer seeing smiles, and I don’t love when my glasses fog up, I am enjoying picking colourful and patterned masks that allow me to express my personality and accessorize with my outfits while helping keep those around me safer during the pandemic.
I admit I could be more consistent with my mask wearing, and in some cases I do take the mask off for photos, to eat, or because of that glasses fogging situation, but I’m trying and I hope you try too!
This list of Edmonton area mask makers are in alphabetical order. If you make masks or have tried a local mask maker and want to be added to the list, email me!
After having tried so many masks, I can definitely tell when one material is softer than another, or one strap is more comfortable than the other. I’m always up for trying different masks for fit, comfort, and design so eventually would love to have tried a bunch of masks especially from local makers!
Note: I have not tried every mask listed in this guide so please do your own research and test out different masks to see what you prefer! Also can someone please invent a mask that is guaranteed not to fog the glasses? lol.
Guide to Edmonton Area Face Mask Makers
Total Makers: 36
Last updated: Aug 3, 2020
Note as of July 29, 2020: The City of Edmonton has announced mask wearing will be mandatory in all indoor spaces (including businesses) starting Aug 1, 2020. If you weren’t on the mask train before, you should be now!
Be sure to visit each maker’s website / social media to check on prices and materials used!
I love love love Ang Hill’s face masks! Ang Hill creates versatile, sustainable women’s clothing (designed and made in Edmonton), and has really pretty patterned and coloured masks (lots of pinks and purples if you’re a fan of that, like me!)
She also donates 20% from her mask sales to local charities. You can also pick up some of her fashionable masks at Floc Boutique, an awesome Edmonton clothing store.
Arturo Denim on 124 Street washable fabric masks! Double layered, 100% cotton with an inside pocket for a filter. Lots of different patterns and prints, and kids sizes. Locally made by Arturo Denim’s tailor, Amy. Proceeds from the sale of these masks are being donated to Black Women United YEG.
Amy and Sam are sewing some really cute face masks (including monster and teddy bear designs) at Cholee Sewing. Check out their Instagram account and DM to place orders. They are double layer, cotton with built-in filter / filter pockets. Amy tells me they work well with hijabs and turbans too! Want something specific? Just request a pattern!
This local maker Dotboxed usually sells baby clothes, blankets, swaddle sets and more but started creating face masks when the pandemic hit.
While I love her designs, you aren’t able to select which ones you want (it’s at random), and I would suggest ordering up (Large) if you don’t want the straps to feel too tight.
Marsten Sewing uses three layers in their masks, the top cotton layer, a middle filter layer of thermo-bonded non-woven fabric which is lightweight but has a small pore size, plus the layer closest to your face is lycra. With plenty of cool patterns to choose from and as a bonus they also do dog gear so you can get a collar and/or harness for your pup if you want to have matching gear!
Mimio & Co. is an amazing local designer who specializes in the cutest pet bandanas, but has also done a few rounds up face masks (you could in theory get matching face mask + pet bandana!!)
You’ll have to watch her Instagram account for updates on when she releases new sets of face masks. I love Mimio & Co’s masks!
Tracy of Nikawiy Handmade ᐊᓯᐢᑭᕀ ᐃᐢᑫᐧᐤ is a Metis artist from Treaty 6. She specializes in beadwork, sculpted wool felt, natural stones, fur, birch bark, fibres, acrylic, watercolour, ink, oils, and has started selling face masks too! For adults and kids, some with embroidered beads, others with neat animal designs.
Someone suggested a spot called Royal Tailor, who does custom masks, but I wasn’t able to find any online presence for them! They are located at 8115 99 Street if you’re interested in inquiring!
This local maker Sugar Soul Studio sells at the Edmonton Downtown Farmers’ Market or online. I’ve bought cute headbands from her before (so cute!!) and would like to try her masks too. She does a TON of different patterns and styles for the pleated face mask and a Canadian plaid look for the contour face mask.
The Terra Losa Tailor Shop makes a variety of mask sizes from infant to extra large. These fabric face masks have adjustable nose pieces and are laundry safe. Filter pockets can be added for an additional charge. They have solid colour, plaid, mesh outer layer, map design styles, and more!
Trish McEwan is a preschool teacher and part-time childcare supervisor who also makes 100% quilting cotton masks in different styles—pleated, two or three layers, with optional filter pocket, various sizes (including children and youth), and different custom looks (including bridal masks). She can make any rainbow colour of masks too.
I am a big fan of the masks from Unbelts! This Edmonton-based company typically sells super comfy and ethically made belts, so it’s no wonder their masks are also SUPER comfy and give great face coverage. You can also match them with belts!
Disclosure: Unbelts sent me their masks to try and I love!
If you purchase Unbelts masks (or anything) online before July 15, you can also use my code LINDORK to get a free Best Laundry Bag Ever. (You need to add the laundry bag to your cart to apply the code).
My top three face masks that I’ve tried so far:
(Note: I haven’t tried all of the ones listed in this blog)
- Mimio & Co.
- Ang Hill
Unbelts: SUPER comfortable in terms of both the mask material and how easy and versatile the straps are. Also has great face coverage and pretty good for no foggy glasses (though not perfect). You can also customize the strap colours.
Mimio & Co: Very comfortable, lovely designs, great face coverage and extra points for offering matching pet bandanas! Pretty good for no foggy glasses (though not perfect).
Ang Hill: Pretty comfortable, love her colours, and good face coverage. Also love the charitable aspect!
Honourable mentions to my friend Diane’s sister Linda who made this lovely cat and flower print mask for me, (sorry she is not currently selling lol), as well as TELUS for their Critter Face Masks, with 100% proceeds going to the TELUS Friendly Future Foundation to support COVID-19 relief efforts.
(I’m a #TELUS_Partner ambassador so they sent me a few critter masks to try!)
Stay safe (and look cute!! lol) everyone,