Friday, July 1, 2011

Eye Mask Tutorial + Free Pattern

I recently designed a bridal shower inspiration shoot for the fabulous MyWedding.com blog, Delightfully Engaged. The shoot had a Citrus Spa theme, and some of the elements I crafted were the favors. My favorite are these eye masks, which I made in two colors. They're quite simple to sew, and make a great favor, Mothers Day gift, or stocking stuffer. I thought you'd enjoy a tutorial for sewing your own!

Materials:

  • Fabric of your choice — I over-purchased, but you can probably get away with 1/4 or 1/2 a yard, depending on how many you want to make. You'll want about 4" x 9" of fabric for each mask.
  • Terry Cloth — Same amount as the fabric above.
  • Elastic — Estimate based on your head size, probably somewhere around 13 to 17 inches for each mask (I have a fat head). Wrap a measuring tape around the back of your head from temple to temple. Add on an extra 1/2 inch or so for seam allowance.
  • Batting — The kind that comes in sheets, not the puffy cottony kind

Instructions:

Start by making a pattern. If you have an eye mask you love you, trace it. Otherwise, fold a piece of paper over and sketch out half of a mask. Remember to leave yourself a seam allowance! Think about how you want it to feel. Serious sleepers who want to block out all light known to man might want to trace a larger, boxier shape. Once you have the shape and size you like, cut along the lines of your design and unfold to create the full mask.

Click here if you'd rather just use my pattern! When printing make sure your computer doesn't flip the image automatically. It should lay horizontally across the page.

Once you have a pattern, trace it onto both fabrics and your batting with a water soluble pen. The brave at heart might layer all three fabrics, fold them in half, wrap the pattern around them and cut like mad. I am not brave. I traced each piece individually.

Now it's time to assemble your mask. Lay down your batting. Place the terry cloth right side up on top of it (line them up, this is just askew to show you the order).

Lay your elastic down where you'd like it. I put the bottom edge of mine about 1.5 inches down the side of the mask. The ends of the elastic should line up with the outside. Pin them in place. Gather the bulk of the elastic in the middle to keep it out of the way.

Place your remaining fabric wrong side up on top of these. The strap will be enclosed in the center of the pile. Pin everything together. Now, sew! Sew around the edges of the mask, through all three layers (since you pinned the elastic flush with the edge it should catch that too), leaving yourself an opening at the top or bottom to turn the finished mask inside out. I experimented with both a top opening and a bottom opening over the nose. Both are fine, but leaving an opening at the top of the mask is a little easier to sew at the end.

Remove your pins. Reach inside the mask and turn it inside out. Make sure when you're pulling it through that you're turning the patterned fabric right side out and the batting is getting pushed inside. I used the rounded end of a plastic chopstick to smooth out the edges from within. Hand-sew the opening shut to finish the mask. I ironed mine when done to give them a more polished look.

Because of the spa theme of the party, I made these with a terry cloth backing. For something warm and cuddly try a thin fleece or flannel. For a romantic mask try lining it with satin. Experiment with colors and textures, or even with aromatic fillings. Have fun and sweet dreams!


2 comments:

  1. These are so awesome!!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this! Looks like a really great, cheap present! I can't help imagining how this played into your wedding though... I just keep picturing a wedding officiant standing there in his robe wearing one of these...

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