How to Sew a Sleep Mask

If you want to cocoon yourself in darkness for a better night sleep then sleep masks are the way to go. (Also called eye masks or dream masks) These make great stocking stuffers, party favors for sleepover and gifts. They also help shut out the light and commotion on long airplane flight.

woman wearing a Sleep Mask and matching pillowcase

Get the free printable template and written instructions or buy a sleep mask pattern svg if you have a cutting machine.

Then watch the video to see just how easy these are to make. This tutorial features my Hello Winter flannel made by Riley Blake Designs.

How to Sew a Sleep Mask - supplies
  • Free template
  • 2 pieces of fabric for front and back (9 1/2” wide x 5” high or larger)
  • Fusible Fleece (9½” wide x 5” high)
  • 14” flat elastic (7/16” used in tutorial)
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread


0:00 How to Sew a Sleep Mask 1:35 How to Fussy Cut fabric 3:35 Time Saving Tips 4:42 Adding the Elastic

6:44 Sewing your Mask 6:55 Clip curves 7:24 Turn right side out 8:13 Topstitch and finish

  • Use the free template to cut 3 mask shapes (figure 1):
    • 2 fabrics (one for each side)
    • a piece of fusible fleece. (I used Pelon 987F)
  • Watch the video for tips to fussy cut (Cutting a piece of fabric in order to showcase a specific picture or print within it.) or a time saving tip if you are using an overall print. (start at 1 min 35 secs)
  • Fuse the fleece following manufacturer’s instructions to the wrong side of one of the mask fabrics.
  • Place the 14” piece of flat elastic is centered across the mask on the right side of one of the fabrics. (figure 2) You can baste it in place or pin in with the layers of the mask and sew it together all at once.
How to Sew a Sleep Mask - cutting fabric
figure 1
How to Sew a Sleep Mask - add elastic
figure 2
  • Clip or Pin the layers together.
  • Place the front and back fabrics, right sides together with the elastic in between the right sides of the fabrics. (It sounds more confusing than it is!) (figure 3)
  • Sew around the mask with ¼″ seam allowance, leaving space on the top to turn. (figure 4)
How to Sew a Sleep Mask - pin together
figure 3
How to Sew a Sleep Mask - sewing
figure 4
  • Clip the curves (figure 5) and turn right side out.
  • Press, making sure not to heat (and melt!) the elastic.
  • Topstitch around the entire mask ⅛” from the edge and you are done! (figure 6)
How to Sew a Sleep Mask - clipping curves
figure 5
How to Sew a Sleep Mask - topstitching
figure 6

Make a sleep mask and matching pillowcase for something even more special!


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🧵 Tara Reed

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