There is nothing worse than getting a bad night's sleep. Especially if you have kids, you need every precious minute you can get. A simple DIY sleep mask will help keep the light out and hopefully save a little of your sanity.
DIY Sleep Mask Tutorial
Sleep masks are designed to block out light and help you sleep better. They are sometimes called eye masks. Light from either natural or artificial sources can disrupt our sleep patterns and leave us tired and lethargic.
DIY Sleep Mask Supplies
- FABRIC - Cotton fabric for the front and back of the sleep mask. Choose a soft fabric that won't irritate your skin.
- INTERFACING - Fusible fleece. If you can't get fusible fleece, then use regular heavy interfacing to give the DIY sleep mask some body. You could also use an extra layer of flannel or soft fabric in the middle.
- ELASTIC - ¼ inch (6mm) to ⅝ inch (1.5cm) elastic. I used a pretty fold over elastic in a ⅝ inch (1.5cm) width. Fold over elastic sits really flat and is super stretchy making a comfortable option. Around 13-14" fits most heads.
- PATTERN - Click here to download the pattern. Make sure you measure the test square to ensure your printer has scaled correctly. The PDF will open in a new window.
If you are new to printing PDF patterns, then read my article which will show you the settings you need.
DIY Sleep Mask Video
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DIY Sleep Mask, Step by Step Instructions
Step 1 - Cutting
From your sleep mask sewing pattern, cut 2 pieces from fabric and 1 piece from the fusible fleece.
- 2 Fabric (one front and one back)
- 1 Interfacing
Step 2 - Add Interfacing
Press the fusible fleece with the glue side down on the wrong side of the front piece of fabric.
Step 3 - Baste Elastic
Baste the elastic at the sides in the position marked on your pattern piece on the right side of the front.
If your elastic has a design on it, then put the pattern facing down. Do a quick test to see if it fits your face and is comfortable. Adjust the elastic if necessary.
Step 4 - Stitch Around
Put the back and front fabric pieces with the right sides together. Stitch around with a ¼ inch (6mm) seam allowance and leave a 2-inch (5cm) gap at the top.
Step 5 - Clip
Clip around the curves. Make sure you leave the gap unclipped. Pinking shears can do a great job of reducing bulk. (Read Clipping Sewing)
Step 6 - Turn and Press
Turn your sleep mask to the right side and give it a good press. Just ensure you don't put the iron on the elastic as it might melt. I did this on the first sample I made and it completely ruined the elastic.
Step 7 - Topstitch
Topstitch around the edge of the mask. Move the elastic out of the way as you sew and make sure you don't catch it in.
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DIY Sleep Mask - In Conclusion
All ready for an afternoon nap now! Now that might be wishful thinking but if you are lucky enough, then get out your mask on and snooze away.
More Mask Sewing Patterns
- For a protective face mask, see my tutorial on face mask pattern.
- Fancier sleep mask, then see my tutorial on the cat mask.
- Sewing Basics
- Fold Over Elastic
- Fusible Fleece
- From your sleep mask sewing pattern, cut 2 pieces from fabric and 1 piece from the fusible fleece. Press the fusible fleece with the glue side down on the wrong side of the front piece of fabric.
- Baste the elastic at the sides in the position marked on your pattern piece on the right side of the front.
- Put the back and front fabric pieces with the right sides together. Stitch around with a ¼ inch (6mm) seam allowance and leave a 2-inch (5cm) gap at the top.
- Trim curves and turn right way out. Press and topstitch.