How to Sew a Sleep Mask

How to Sew a Sleep Mask

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
How to Sew a Sleep Mask - supplies

Get the free printable template, a sleep mask pattern svg if you have a cutting machine and written instructions by clicking the button below.

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.

SUPPLIES

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

HOW TO SEW A SLEEP MASK

Use the free template to cut 3 mask shapes (fig. 1): 2 fabrics (one for each side) and 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. (fig. 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!) (fig. 3)

Sew around the mask with 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving space on the top to turn. (fig. 4)

How to Sew a Sleep Mask - pin together

(figure 3)

How to Sew a Sleep Mask - sewing

(figure 4)

Clip the curves (fig. 5) and turn right side out.

Press, making sure not to heat (and melt!) the elastic.

Topstitch around the entire mask 1/8” from the edge and you are done! (fig. 6)

How to Sew a Sleep Mask - clipping curves

(figure 3)

How to Sew a Sleep Mask - topstitching

(figure 4)

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

🪡 Tara Reed

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sleep masks and matching pillowcase
How to Sew a Button-Up Scarf

How to Sew a Button-Up Scarf

How to Sew a Scarf with Buttons

If you are looking for a quick & easy holiday gift, teacher gift or things to sew and sell – this Button-Up Scarf is for you. Made from 2 pieces of fabric and some buttons you can whip these out in no time.

The video below walks you through the steps using flannel from my Hello Winter collection from Riley Blake Designs. If you don’t want to do buttonholes and buttons you can substitute snaps. (That’s the beauty of sewing – you get to do what you want!)

(If you prefer written instructions with photos visit my previous post)

SHORTCUTS TO SPECIFIC TOPICS:

  • 3 seconds: Supplies
  • 1:03 – Prepare to sew
  • 3:26 – Buttonhole Placement 
  • 5:46 – Button Placement

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If you have a Janome Sewing machine I have a video showing how to use the Janome automatic buttonhole foot (it’s pretty amazing!)

Hello Winter flannel folds - Tara Reed for Riley Blake Designs

These scarves can be made in a variety of ways. I’ve made them with cotton quilting fabric on the outside and fleece on the inside. Or use flannel and fleece or two layers of fleece as shown in the video.

If you love the Hello Winter flannels, ask your favorite place to buy Riley Blake fabrics if they carry this line.

 ☃️ Tara Reed

P.S. See more projects with the Hello Winter flannel collection >

P.P.S. See more fabrics by Tara Reed available from Riley Blake Designs >

FREE QUILT PATTERN: Sparkly Stars by Melissa Corry

FREE QUILT PATTERN: Sparkly Stars by Melissa Corry

FREE QUILT PATTERN: Sparkly Stars by Melissa Corry

Melissa Corry of Happy Quilting created this gorgeous Sparkly Stars Quilt with my Hello Winter flannel fabrics from Riley Blake designs AND she is giving you the pattern FOR FREE! (Thank you Melissa!)

Sparkly Stars is a Fat Quarter Friendly quilt so she used the Hello Winter FQB and some Riley Blake Designer Fabrics. She includes 6 quilt sizes in her directions so you can create this quilt in all the popular sizes.

I love how she added the Let It Snow panel to the backing – making this quilt reversible and fun on both sides.

Hello Winter – Sparkly Stars Flannel Quilt
Hello Winter – Sparkly Stars Flannel Quilt

It’s never too early to get started on Christmas projects for your home, gifts and more. Happy Sewing!

☃️ Tara Reed

Click to see more projects with the Hello Winter flannel fabrics >

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FREE CHRISTMAS QUILT PATTERN: Let it Snow

FREE CHRISTMAS QUILT PATTERN: Let it Snow

FREE CHRISTMAS QUILT PATTERN: Let it Snow

Want to make a quick, easy and free Snowman themed Christmas quilt? This pattern uses the panel and prints from my Hello Winter flannel fabric collection from Riley Blake Designs.

The finished quilt size is 71 1/2” x 78 1/2” and the pattern is FREE!

FABRIC REQUIREMENTS FOR QUILT TOP:

(Riley Blake Designs fabric codes are in parentheses)

  • 1 Let It Snow Panel (FP11945)

  • 1 1/2 Yards Taupe Main (F11940)

  • 1 1/4 Yards Taupe Stripe (F11942)

  • 7/8 Yard Black Snowflakes (F11943)

  • 1 Yard Multi Dots (F11944)

  • 5/8 Yard Multi Dots (binding) (F11944)

Ask for the fabrics at your favorite retailer that carries Riley Blake Designs. 

If you make this or anything else with my fabric and post it online – tag me so I can see it!  I love to see what people create.

☃️ Tara Reed

Click to see more projects with the Hello Winter flannel fabrics >

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