At some point or another, you will need to shut your eyes to catch a nap or simply relax your body. A sleep mask will help you achieve that quick bit of rest that you’re craving. Sewing your own sleep mask is a super quick and easy project anyone can do. In fact, it will only take a little bit of fabric and a few simple tools. So how can you go about making your own DIY sleep mask?
Step 1: Collect Your Materials
- Seam Gauge
- Point Tuner
Step 2: Print and Cut the Pattern
You should print the shape of your sleep mask on a blank paper. Make sure the shape printed is the correct size. You can have more than one printed sample of different sizes just to make sure you have one that will work for your needs. Cut out the shape with a pair of scissors once you confirm the size is correct.
Step 3: Cut the Fabric
For a better and more efficient mask, you will need two layers of fabric. Pin your cut-out shape to the fabric. Be sure to make the crosswise grain go across the mask. You should also cut a single layer of your favorite batting. Make sure the batting is not too thick.
Most people will tend to use a dark colored fabric on the inside of the mask. The dark fabric mimics the darkness of night and relaxes you before you fall asleep.
Step 4: Pin and Baste the Elastic
Measure down from the top and pin your elastic in place. Repeat this on the other side. Normally, most people will pin the elastic on one side, under the layers of the material, then sew. However, it is advisable that you pin and baste each side down before sewing. This helps it to stay in place. Leave a ¼” allowance as you stitch the elastic. With this, the project will have a 3/8” allowance which is recommended.
Step 5: Mark the Center Curve
The tight curve on the cut-out shape should be right at the center of your face, above your nose. If you mark this in advance, you will be able to sew it more accurately. Mark the stitch line above the material with your pencil along with the help of a seam gauge.
Step 6: Pin and Sew the Layers
If you want the batting to be hidden inside the mask, you can have the right sides together and the batting at the very bottom. Make sure the elastic is kept away from the stitch line. Still maintaining a 3/8” allowance, sew all the way around the mask. You should also leave a 2” opening at the topmost part along the flat edge. To maintain the correct shape of your sleep mask, make sure you leave the batting longer than the material right at the nose bridge. The markings you drew before will help you follow the correct seam. To create a smoother seam when sewing, it is advisable to turn the stitch length down a little bit.
You should consider pinning the opening at the top – parallel to the edge of the material. Pin the rest perpendicular to the edge of the material. This helps you to remember that this area needs to be left open. The difference in pinning warns you it’s time to stop.
Step 7: Trim the Allowances and Smooth the Curves
After you are done sewing, trim down the allowance of your material to about ¼-1/8”. In order to turn it into the mask. However, make sure you don’t trim around the opening. To smooth the fabric, take the curvy end of a point tuner and open the seams around your entire mask. Fold the allowance to the inside, at the opening left along the mask. To create a smooth line, make sure you finger-press the edges.
Step 8: Close the Opening and Final Press
You are almost done now. To close the opening, pin it then press it with an iron. You should then stitch around the entire perimeter as you close the opening. Give it a ¼ – 1/8” space. You can be creative here with a different thread color. Finish with a final press, and you will have your own DIY sleep mask.
Tip: You can try out different thread colors to add some personality to your mask. Also, play around with different fabrics and blend them together for a unique piece. But always ensure the material facing your eyes is soft enough for comfort, and sleep!