Sweet Dreams Sleep Mask Project

When you need A little extra help Dozing off!

One of my kiddos has been having some trouble sleeping lately. He had a hard time falling asleep, and if he woke in the middle of the night, he couldn’t go back to sleep.  His room isn’t especially dark, so I thought a sleep mask might help him get to sleep and stay asleep. 

Of course, when my other kids heard I was making a sleep mask for brother, everyone else wanted one, too.  So I whipped together 6 little sleep masks from the scraps I had on hand in my shop.

If I were going to make one for a gift, or for myself, I think I would use one of the Australian Aboriginal Print from my shop!

Sweet Dreams Sleep Mask
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sleep mask materials

First, I gathered up a big pile of supplies to be sure I had everything I needed for this project.  I let each of the kids choose a fabric from my scrap box.  I found a few remnant pieces of elastic and a scrap of light weight quilt batting.  I traced out a mask pattern.  You can find dozens of these on line if you don’t want to draw your own. And of course, I needed some pins and scissors to get started.

My first step was to cut out six pieces of quilt batting to use as the lining for each mask.

cut out lining
Six Sets of Masks

Next, I cut out a front and back piece for each sleep mask.  Some of my kids wanted the same fabric on the front and back.  Some wanted a contrasting fabric.  And a couple of them wanted an extra soft orange fleece on the back.  So we experimented with several different combinations.

To assemble the mask for sewing.  I placed the good sides for the front and back fabrics together.  Then, I put the lining fabric on top of that.  Below are a couple of examples.

layers
layers

Before you start sewing, you have to add the elastic.  I only had some short pieces of 3 different widths of elastic.  I cut a piece that was 12 inches long for each mask.  My kids are all very close to the same age, so they have roughly the same size heads.  If I were making this for an adult I would probably add an inch or two.

Next, you need to pin one end of the elastic to each side of the of the mask.  The elastic will be sandwiched in between the 2 good sides of your front and back fabric.  Be sure NOT to pin it to the lining.  It must be between the front and back fabric.

attach elastic
elastic sandwich

Here are my six sleep mask sandwiches, pinned and ready to be sewn up!

sleep mask sandwiches

Now you are going to sew all the way around the perimeter of the mask, but you will leave about a 2 inch gap open at the top so that you can turn it right side out. After turning it right side out and pulling out the elastic, you will tuck in the edge that is open (you might want to run a hot iron over it, so it will stay in place) and pin it in place.  

pull out elastic
turn mask right side out
sewing the sleep mask

Finally, go back to your machine and top stitch all the way around the whole mask.

And that’s that!  Repeat that six times and you have 6 adorable new sleep masks waiting for six adorable sleepy heads.  Hope this project helps you get a little extra sleep, too!

Six completed sleep masks
sleeping boy
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