My sleep masks are getting rather tatty so it is time to make some new ones. I haven't done much craft type sewing so this will be a bit of a challenge for me. I've decided it is the only option though, because I can't find what I want in the shops. And, I want a nice soft cotton mask, not a polyester one.
First job - make some sort of template for the mask:
I traced these from an old sleep mask. As each side is the same, I shall cut them out on the fold. The nose piece (bottom of the above picture) is cut on two folds at once.
Silly me though added seam allowances and only realised at the end. I didn't need them as the edges are bound. Oh well, these will be nice, big, sleep masks - keep out all light and chills!
So, having made your pattern, cut out two pieces of fabric and one piece of lightweight wadding ( i used polyester because I will want to wash these and dry them quickly). The nose piece is not cut on the double, so just cut where the fold line would be.
Next, pin wadding in between the fabric pieces and sandwich in the nose piece. Stitch.
(I am making two masks at once, if you are wondering what the extra bits are about).
Snip the mask at the bridge of the nose and pin and tack nose insert to mask.
Bits will stick out at the end:
Now the bits are folded and shaped to mask, stitched and excess trimmed away:
I want my masks to have adjustable elastic to hold them in place, so I can tighten or loosen as needed.
Cut two pieces of elastic, one about 4 inches long, the other about 14 inches long. If you are going to make one of these, you will have to fiddle and gauge the amount that works for your mask.
You'll also need something to thread elastic through. I used the fasteners from the old mask for one of my new masks, and bow tie fasteners for the other. You could also use bra fittings - I have saved some for when I want to make another mask.
Attach short piece of elastic to one side, thread through fastener and loop elastic back under to the side. Stitch. Attach long piece of elastic to other side and stitch.
Thread the long piece of elastic through the second fastener:
Then thread the long piece of elastic through the first fastener as shown:
Then thread into the remaining loop and stitch. You'll need to thread about 1 1/2 inches through.
On the inside, sew binding around the edge:
Fold binding to the outside and stitch:
All finished! And much nicer and squashy sleepy looking than these:
Or maybe I'm prejudiced.
I'm going to try it out now:
And even though it's a little larger than the original, it feels really snuggly and will keep me warm too.
I'll need a lighter, smaller one in summer.
Sarah Liz :)