Handmade remnant fabric sleeping masks deliver big on beauty rest - they're the perfect gift for new moms in need of shut-eye or jet-setting friends enduring time zone shifts. Keep a few around the house for when you need a little R&R - they're also a nice (and easy!) addition to any guestroom night kit.
Things You'll Need
- Cotton fabric scraps
- 1/2 inch elastic
- Straight pins
- Decorative trim
- Sewing machine
- Coordinating thread
- Mask template
- Poly batting
- Iron and ironing board
- Fabric glue (optional)
Step 1: Print Template and Cut Pattern Pieces
Print and cut out a mask template from the free download here. Cut out one front mask piece, one back mask piece, and one poly filler piece.
Step 2: Add Appliqué Details
If you would like to add felt appliqué facial features, cut them out and top stitch them onto your mask.
Step 3: Pin and Sew
Align both mask pattern pieces right-sides facing in, and pin around the outside edge.
Align the presser foot with the edge of the fabric and sew a straight stitch along the edge of the mask, leaving a 2-inch gap on either side.
Step 4: Snip Curves
Before turning right-side out, snip 1/8-inch cuts along the curved edges of the mask. Cut a notch at the nose of the mask an 1/8 inch away from the seam to create a sharper corner when inverted.
Step 5: Turn Corners
Gently turn your mask right-side out, using a pencil eraser to help round out the edges.
Press your mask before adding filling or attaching elastic.
Step 6: Insert Batting
Fold the poly batting in half and gently work into the side of the mask -- use a pencil eraser to work into corners if needed.
Step 7: Measure and Attach Elastic
Temporarily pin elastic to the sides of the mask to measure around your head for a comfortable fit. Give yourself a 1/4 inch extra on each side to insert into open side seams. Fold in extra seam allowance, insert elastic and pin before sewing into place.
Use a fun pompom trim to hide stitches attaching elastic.
Step 8: Add Trim
Pin trim along the mask edge and secure with a topstitch or fabric glue.
Enjoy stylish slumber with your new hand-sewn sleeping mask. Add pockets to the eyes of your mask for dried lavender sachets or cooling gel packs for a spa like experience.
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