This sleep mask can be paired with our free Adult Classic PJ & Nightgown Pattern. You can download the pattern piece for the sleep mask (and this tutorial as well) in your account in your PJ Pattern Order.
This is an easy method for making your own adult sleeping mask. It can be made with or without bias tape as finish.
Recommended fabric: woven and knit both are great. For the padding you can use fleece, batting, thin wool or interfacing batting.
Cut 2 outer and 1 padding pieces.
Baste the padding to the wrong side of one outer piece with ¼” seam allowance. You are taking these basting stitches out afterwards, so make sure you set the length of your stitches to a nice long length to remove the stitches easier afterwards.
Measure your elastic and stitch it with a couple of little zig zag stitches
to both edges at the right side of 1 outer. Measuring your elastic is easy to do: the edges of the sleeping mask will sit at the temple. Just measure from one temple to the other (over the back of your head) and take 70-80% from that measurement.
This is the length of your elastic.
You can use any elastic you want. When you use thinner elastic - as I did- cut 2 pieces. You can also use two pieces of rope and just tie it behind your head, or sew two pieces of bias tape and sew two small pieces of hook and loop on it to close it.
Lay the outer pieces on top of each other with the right sides together.
Sew around the edge with a 3/8” seam allowance and leave a gap open from 2 inches for turning. Be careful because your elastic is being sandwiched in between.
Remove the basting stitches.
Trim the seam allowance from the padding back to 1/8” NOT at the elastic
and not at the 2”gap you left open.
Carefully make little cuts all around- except at the gap you left open.
and don’t cut into the elastic or the thread.
Turn around, give it a good press and topstitch all the way around
(you close the 2”gap automatically).
Optional: reduce the total circumference with 3/8” (to get the same size as the one above) but it will totally work out without doing that.
The non bias option is reversible, the option with the bias tape will have a ‘wrong- wearer’ side. When you use different fabrics for the outers, be aware: the ‘wearers side’ will be the one you are basting the elastic on.
Cut 2 outer and 1 padding pieces.
Lay one outer piece with the wrong side up, padding, lay the other outer piece on top of the first outer piece with the right side up.
Baste with ¼” seam allowance all the way around.
You can use any elastic you want. When you use thinner elastic- as I did- you better can cut 2. You can also use two pieces of rope and just tie it behind your head, or sew two pieces of bias tape and sew two small pieces of hook and loop on it to close it. Stitch your elastic with a little zigzag stitch to the wearer's side of the mask.
Make your own bias tape or use a pre-made one. Iron your bias tape ‘rounded’ (this will make it a hundred times easier to sew it around the rounded corners).
Sew the bias tape all around the outer pieces with your preferred stitch. Fold the tape in at the end and overlap 3/8” at the point where you started.
There is no step 6! Just give it a good press and sleep well!
You see the ‘viewers' side without the elastic- and the side your eyes are looking at is the side with the elastic.
(Written by: Marieke de Jonge)