How to Make a Sleep Mask

Early sunrise and you’re still in snoozing mode? Looking to get a few more hours of shuteye? No problem. Whip up one of these sleep masks and snooze in style!

How to Make a Sleep Mask

Supplies

  • 1/4 yard of fabric
  • 1/4 yard of satin for backing (optional)
  • 1 yard of fusible fleece
  • 1 package of ¼ʺ-wide elastic
  • Thread to match fabric
  • Scissors
  • Water-soluble marker or tailor’s chalk
  • 1/4″ presser foot (BERNINA Patchwork Foot #37) (optional)
  • Embroidery machine (optional)
  • Tear-away stabilizer (for optional embroidery)
  • Embroidery thread (for optional embroidery)

Tip: Fusible fleece can typically be found in the notion/interfacing aisle of the fabric department. Polyester batting can be substituted if necessary.

Download and print the Sleep Mask Template file. Sleep_Mask_Template_-_121814.pdf

Step 1) Embroider the pillow fabric (optional).

Prior to cutting your fabric, use an embroidery machine to stitch sayings such as “Dream,” “Sleep,” “Do Not Disturb,” “Bride/Groom,” or “His/Hers” on the sleep mask fabric.

Follow the instructions included with your embroidery machine to stitch lettering as desired.

How to Make a Sleep Mask

Step 2) Cut the fabric pieces.

Print and cut out the sleep mask pattern/template.

Cut one sleep mask piece from the main fabric. If the fabric is embroidered, center the lettering within the outline of the mask. Be sure to transfer the markings from the template to the fabric.

Cut one sleep mask piece from the lining fabric (same as the front, or satin). Again, be sure to transfer the markings from the template to the fabric.

How to Make a Sleep Mask

Cut one sleep mask piece from fusible fleece.

Cut a 12ʺ-long piece of 1/4ʺ-wide elastic.

How to Make a Sleep Mask

Step 3) Assemble the sleep mask.

Position the elastic at the places marked on the template, aligning the raw edges. Baste.

How to Make a Sleep Mask

How to Make a Sleep Mask

Fuse the fleece to the wrong side of the mask front piece, following the manufacturer’s instructions.

Tip: If using batting instead of fleece, baste it to the wrong side of the mask front piece.

How to Make a Sleep Mask

With right sides together, pin the mask pieces together.

Tip: Make sure the elastic is out of the way and doesn‘t get caught in the stitching!

How to Make a Sleep Mask

Stitch around the outer edges with a ¼ʺ-wide seam allowance, leaving a 3ʺ opening along one edge for turning.

How to Make a Sleep Mask

How to Make a Sleep Mask

Clip the curves, being careful not to cut into the stitches.

How to Make a Sleep Mask

Turn the mask right side out through the opening. 

How to Make a Sleep Mask

Press.

How to Make a Sleep Mask

Topstitch around the entire mask, close the edge, taking care not to catch the elastic in the stitching.

How to Make a Sleep Mask

How to Make a Sleep Mask

How to Make a Sleep Mask

How to Make a Sleep Mask

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