Day 3 of our 12 Days of Christmas Freebies!! I wear a sleep mask to sleep every night! Our bedroom window faces the East, so we get ALL the morning sun. I need that over-sized sleep mask to get as much sleep as possible.
My daughter is always stealing my sleep masks; I thought WHY haven’t I made her one of her own?? This takes almost no fabric, so it’s a wonderful scrap buster and I think almost anyone on your list would love it. You can use a quilting cotton, satin, fleece or a combo of any fabrics. The ones I made us are a quilting cotton on the front and fleece on the back. I also love satin on the back for Spring and Summer time.
They are very easy to personalize with fabric, vinyl or embroidery. You could add trims, feather boa or lace around the edge too. If you get migraines or sinus headaches, I love to fill mine with a little rice and then heat up when I have headache. You could also add a few drops of lavender essential oil to help with sweet dreams. Bundle a mask or two with some bath bars or bubbles, a book, journal, make up, nail polish, etc for a fun, easy gift. These would also be FABULOUS in a goodie bag for a spa birthday party or ladies night. Mamas, these would also make a fun gift around Valentine’s day for your husbands… check out pinterest, there are tons of cute masks with little sayings on them your could use as inspiration 🙂 They are just fun all the way around and for everyone!
So first, click here and print out your pattern pieces. There are 3 sizes, adult, child and dolly. The adult is an over-sized mask, if that isn’t your taste or you have a smaller frame, you can take a 5/8″ seam allowance. For an older child, 8 years and up, you may want to take a smaller seam allowance, 1/4″ on the child size.
Cut 1 main piece on the fold. Cut 1 lining piece on the fold.
Optional- cut 1 fleece to interline- if you are using 2 lightweight fabrics like cotton and satin, this will help hold it’s shape and make it nice and plush.
Cut 1 piece of elastic- I used FOE (fold over elastic) you can use any elastic you have on hand- 1/2″ is my favorite, but 3/8″, lingerie or you could even make it a tie back with ribbon instead.
If you want to add any embellishments to the mask, do so now. I have the eyelash file in my facebook group here for FREE too! It is an svg file and will work with a silhoutte or cricut.
Lay elastic, right sides together on mask. Use marks on pattern piece for placement. Baste in place. Repeat on other side. Pin your elastic in the center, away from all edges.
With right sides together, place your lining on your main mask. If you are adding an interlining, like fleece, add it on top your lining piece. So you would have a sandwich of main mask, right side up, elastic pinned in center, lining, right side down, interlining. Stitch along all sides, being careful not to catch elastic and leaving a 1.5″- 2″ opening to turn.
Clip and trim seam allowance- do not trim around the opening. I like to use my pinking shears here.
Use a chopstick to help turn and press right sides out.
Topstitch along all edges, closing opening. Make sure your elastic is facing AWAY from the mask when you stitch along each side (like photo below).
ENJOY your mask!! Here comes a photo montage!
Head over to the facebook group and share when you’ve sewn one or 10 😉 Don’t forget to check out the other 12 days of Christmas Freebies!
M4M’s 12 Days of Christmas Freebies
December 1 – 12, 2015
Day 1 – Mermaid Tail Blanket
Day 2- Tiffany Collar
Laura Brown says
Wow very lovely post. Thanks for sharing. Many people are concerned by light at night and they find trouble at sleeping, sleep mask is very useful. These masks are particularly useful while travelling or sharing your bed with the partner who sleeps with lights on (nodpod.com).
Have made 2 of these now and both times have ended up with a weird fold/pleat on the nose section, not sure what I’m doing wrong? The first time I sewed it as shown in your pictures with a sharp turn/point and the second time I sewed a curve but both times it’s turned out not quite right.
Any ideas? Thanks, Meg x
Ivy Baker says
Most of the people in my family are light sleepers and light is one of the big things that wake us up. Having a sleep mask does seem like it would help us all sleep better. I know that my little brother would love that mind craft themed mask.
These sleeping masks are so cute. My 10 year younger daughter like to wear sleep mask. I want to make one for her by following your patterns. She would got this as a gift from my side. Thanks
First, let me thank you for this pattern! I have a retreat coming up where I’ll be sleeping on an airmattress in a room with a rather large window (and no curtains/blinds!). I used to have a sleep mask and have since lost it. So I can’t wait to try out this pattern. I have plenty of woven fabric to use but I’m thinking of making this with one side in a woven fabric and one side in a knit. Is that a bad idea? If it would work to use both, what type of needle should I use? A regular needle or a ballpoint?