Sleeping Mask Tutorial

June 05, 2020




Hello lovelies,

nap time is one of my favourite activities, especially after a mentally exhausting day at work. But also on weekends I tend to take a nap after lunch. To be honest, I can't wait to retire and just fill my days with long naps.
Usually I fall asleep very fast at night but during the day I sometimes need a sleeping mask to make my brain think it's dark. M. envies me on how fast I fall asleep at night and therefore I get quite grumpy if I do not fall asleep immediately after closing my eyes. I know, some wish to have this problem.

The mask I own has a unicorn on it and I bought it in Primark. The only problem is that the elastic is a bit tight on my head.
Last weekend I found a stash of scrap pink satin fabric and suddenly the idea formed, after a nap of course, to just make my own sleeping mask. And why not? 
The cotton for the lining also came from my scrap material, only the inner felt layer was from my big stash.

I can really recommend this project as it is super easy and also well suited for beginners. 
Download the mask pattern from my Dropbox. 

You will need:

  • Outer and lining fabric of your choice, I recommend cotton and would stay clear of anything elastic like jersey.
  • Felt Fabric
  • Pins
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissor
  • Elastics
  • The paper pattern
Print out the mask pattern from my dropbox or create your own. 
It is my first project where I made the pattern on the computer and boy that was complicated. But I learned a lot and I hope to make a few more patterns in the future.

If you use the pattern, you can scale it up or down with your printer. Cut the paper pattern out with the seam allowance or cut it away and use your own length.

If you want any embroidery on your fabric, now is your time.
I went for a small ribbon, vines and a heart. It was a super quick embroidery project and I think that was the part I enjoyed the most. 
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When this is done, you can start on the fabric.

Pin your paper pattern onto the fashion fabric and cut along. If you cut away the seam allowance, then draw your seam allowance.
Cut and do the same for the lining.

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The felt fabric does not get any seam allowance, cut it along the pattern.

You have three pieces of fabric now. Place the felt material on the left side of the lining and go over it with a running stitch. This will now be one piece.
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Pin the elastics to one side, then hold the fabric up to your face and go around the back of your head with it and pin it to the other side. Make sure it is not too loose or too tight.
Cut your elastics with 1cm sewing allowance.
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Unpin the elastics, turn the mask over  and pin the elastics to the right side. Also pin the elastics to the middle so it doesn't get under the sewing machine by mistake.

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We are almost there!


Pin the fashion fabric to the lining, right sides together and go over it with the sewing machine.

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Cut into the fabric. Especially at the rounded part and the bottom middle part.
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Now turn the mask inside out. Be careful of the needle that is still inside with the elastic.
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Take your needle and a thread and close the open gap. Use a ladder or invisible stitch.
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Get rid of the thread in the back and you are done!
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The mask is now done.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. The Video will follow soon,

all the best,

Auris Lothol

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