Did you know that the average cat sleeps 15 hours per day? Sometimes when you have kids or a stressful job, you desperately wish you were a cat! Now you can make yourself a cute cat mask with this simple sleep mask tutorial so you can make the most of every minute of sleep.
- Cotton fabric for the front and back. Make sure it is soft and breathable. Quilting cotton or flannel is a great choice.
- Fusible fleece
- A small scrap of felt for the nose
- Fabric pen, fabric paint or embroidery floss for the eyes. I used a fabric pen.
- Elastic for the back of the head. It can be 5/8 inch (1.5cm) to 1/4 inch (6mm). I like fold-over elastic as it comes in pretty colors and is really flat and soft so doesn’t dig-in to your head. Around 13-14″ fits most heads.
- Your pattern piece. Click here to download and don’t forget to measure the test square.
Sleep Mask TUTORIAL: The Video
Watch this short video on how to make your mask. I have new videos twice weekly on my YouTube channel so don’t forget to subscribe.
Sleep Mask Tutorial: Instructions
Step 1: Turn your front piece to the wrong side and press on the fusible fleece with the adhesive side down
Step 2: Decorate the face. Stitch the felt piece on the nose and paint or embroider the eyes. For embroidered eyes, a backstitch works well. I found the easiest way to transfer the face markings on to my fabric was using dressmakers carbon in a contrast color.
Step 3: If you use a fabric pen or paint don’t forget to press with your iron to set it. I forgot in the first sample I made and the pen smudged as it wasn’t set properly.
Step 4: On the right side of the front, baste the elastic in place at the sides. The position is marked on your pattern piece.
Step 5: Put the front and back with right sides together and stitch around with a 1/4inch (6mm) seam allowance. Make sure you leave a 2 inch (5cm) gap at the top.
Step 6: Clip the curves of the face and the ears at the corners, leaving the gap unclipped.
Step 7: Turn the mask to the right side and give it a good press. Make sure the seam allowance at the gap is folded neatly to the inside. Don’t put the iron on the elastic or acrylic felt as it will melt.
Step 8: Topstitch all the way around. Move the elastic out of the way so it doesn’t get caught up as you sew.
And now you are all ready for a cat nap.