My View: Mask Maker, Mask Maker

I started my Etsy shop back in 2015 after my daughter was born and I was going broke on bows. Every time I received a handmade order, I thought to myself, “I could make this.” So I did. And kept doing it as a side hustle for a few years. 

Thanks to colic and extreme sleep deprivation, productivity was brought to a screeching halt with the birth of my son a couple years later. Since then, my little shop has sat like Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory — awaiting to be reawakened by a special event.

Who would have thought the occasion to get the sewing machine cranked up again would Mask Makerbe a worldwide pandemic?  Not me. 

I had a few inquiries asking if I would be making masks. I kept putting it off, sporadically watching tutorials on YouTube to see if my limited sewing capabilities could swing it. I tend to be nervous trying anything new that will result in a finished product, especially one that I will be selling to the public. After watching a stranger complete her mask 1,231 times on video, I decided to give it a go. And guess what? I did it!

Since acquiring a new skill to put on my future resume (“expert mask maker”), I’ve sold and given away hundreds of these things. Feeling like a sitting duck in the middle of a war zone, this shifted my focus to helping — even if it’s in the smallest of ways. Sure, my kids have been ignored for hours at a time, but at least they know what I’m doing is philanthropic, right?

After the COVID-19 dust settles, my house may not be as organized as I wanted it to be and my to-do list may have few unchecked boxes, but I’ll know that I helped protect a small slice of the population, and in my book, that’s worth something.

Hi! I'm Megan, former teacher turned stay-at-home-but-never-home mom to Peyton, 7, and Gage, 4. I host the Kansas City MomCast podcast! I'm married to the most patient person on this earth, Chris, and we live in Overland Park with our kids, an insane lab, and two guinea pigs. You can find me over committing to everything, reading informational and self-help texts, listening to podcasts, organizing, spending time with friends over margaritas, thrifting, and staying up way too late to have peace and serenity. I love people and hearing their stories and look forward to connecting with KCMC readers!