There is nothing worse than getting a bad night 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: Supplies
- Cotton fabric for the front and back of the sleep mask. Choose a soft fabric that won’t irritate your skin.
- Fusible fleece.
- 1/4 inch (6mm) to 5/8 inch (1.5cm) elastic. I used a pretty fold over elastic in a 5/8 inch (1.5cm) width. Fold over elastic sits really flat and is super stretchy making a comfortable option. Around 13-14″ fits most heads.
- Click here to download the pattern. Make sure you measure the test square to ensure your printer has scaled correctly.
DIY Sleep Mask: The Video
Watch this short video on how to make your mask. I have new videos weekly on my YouTube channel so don’t forget to subscribe.
DIY Sleep Mask: Instructions
- From your pattern, cut 2 pieces from fabric and 1 piece from the fusible fleece.
- On the wrong side of the front piece of fabric, press the fusible fleece with the glue side down.
- On the right side of the front, baste the elastic at the sides in the position marked on your pattern piece. If your elastic has a pattern on it then put the pattern facing down.
- Put the back and front fabric pieces with right sides together. Stitch around with a 1/4 inch (6mm) seam allowance and leave a 2 inch (5cm) gap at the top.
- Clip around the curves. Make sure you leave the gap unclipped. Pinking shears can do a great job of reducing bulk.
- Turn your sleep mask to the right side and give it a good press. Just make sure 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.
- 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.
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.