My sister asked me to sew a sleep mask for my mother. It seems my mom has been waking up with the sun and then is unable to get back to sleep. Pat thought one of my sleep masks would help her get back to sleep in the early morning hours. I am going down to have lunch with my mom at the end of this week. So today seemed like the right day to sew up a sleep mask for her (and maybe some to spare.)
Sew a simple eye mask. Slip it into a baby shower gift for a new mother., Tuck it into a card for a sick friend or just sew one up for yourself.
What you will need:
1/8 yard terry cloth (I use a scrap or I recycle an old hand towel)
1/8 yard focus fabric
3/8 inch wide frilled elastic (You will need a piece that is at least 12 inches long.)
Thread, scissors, pins, and chopstick or another pointy thing
The materials needed to make the sleep masks
Step One Download the pattern and print a copy of the template. Cut out one of the templates from the focus fabric. Place that piece right side down on the terry cloth and use it to cut out that piece. This way I have a near mirror image of the two pieces.
Step Two Mark the dots on the wrong side of the focus fabric. This is where the elastic will attach. Measure your head and subtract 8 inches. I usually use 12 inches of elastic if I don’t know the head size. Pin the elastic in place on the right side of the focus fabric matching the center of the elastic to the dots you made earlier. Make sure the elastic is out of the way of the stitching line.
Make sure the elastic is not near the stitch line.
Step Three Layer the 2 pieces of the sleep mask right sides together (RST). Pin together leaving a 2-1/2 inch opening for turning. Mark the beginning and end of the opening with double pins to remember where to begin and end stitching. Backstitch at the beginning and end of your stitching. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance where needed and clip the curves. Finger press the seam allowance at the opening so that it will be easier to turn.
Mark the beginning and the end of the gap for turning with double pins
Step Four Turn right side out through the opening. Use a blunt object such as a chopstick to help round out the curves of the sleep mask.
Step Five Press well. Fold the raw edges of the opening and pin. Top stitch around the sleep mask about 1/8 inch from the edge. This will secure the opening.
The back of the sleep mask is soft terry cloth. The ruffled elastic is not only pretty but functional. It is soft, doesn’t get tangled in the hair and holds the mask secure. Use whatever scrap fabric you have on hand for the front of the sleep mask. you need a scrap at least 9 x4 inches.
That’s how simple it is!
I usually have several of these cut out ahead of time and stored in my PhD box (Projects half done box) When I need one or two for gifts I can just grab them and sew a few stitches and I have a great little gift to tuck in with something else. In it goes with a get-well card for a sick friend. Sleep is very healing. It can be added to a baby shower gift for the new mom. Heaven knows when she will get a chance for a full nights sleep again. Add a lovely lotion and you have a pampering gift for a friend who needs it. It makes a lovely item for a RAK (Random Act of Kindness.)
My daughter, Sela, and my granddaughter, Zare, modeling for me
And it is also a nice gift just for yourself! Sometimes a little selfish sewing is a good thing, too!