Forgive me, because I did not want to attempt to spell out what I am talking about in the title of this post. I was wondering if anyone can correct my spelling or naming convention for the tiny cloth rectangles or triangles that are sown together and have safety pins on them, typically given away at monasteries. The fabric they are made of usually has crosses on it, or a cross is stitched onto it. My mother calls them (again, forgive the spelling, which I am sure is very incorrect) "hamaleikia", and I have often worn them on the inside of my shirts or other clothing since I was a child. I have rarely seen others wear them on the outside of their clothing as well.
If I recall, I was once told they can sometimes contain little pieces of paper with prayers or Scripture; they may even contain some sort of relics.
Does anyone know more about these? I know they can often be treated like "good luck" charms of sorts, but I would like to know more if anyone knows. How are thy made? Who can make them? Thank you!