Sewing with Cricut – How to Make a Sleep Mask

Sewing with Cricut – How to Make a Sleep Mask

How to Cut fabric and Make a Sleep Mask with Cricut

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I have a confession: I had my Cricut Maker for over 2 years before I used it to cut fabric – and I sew A LOT!

Most of my sewing involves straight cuts that are easy to do with a rotary cutter and quilting ruler but until now I haven’t done any sewing with Cricut.

Occasionally I use or create a pattern with curves that requires it to be printed, pinned on fabric and cut my hand. Cutting curves is just below clipping curves in my list of favorite things to do when sewing but it’s sometimes what I need to do to make what I want to make. Sleep masks are a great example.

Now that I can cut the fabric and the fusible fleece with my Cricut Maker and I can make sleep masks faster and I’m happier while doing it – two great things! You can now have that joy as well.


woman wearing a "beauty rest" sleep mask

Sleep Masks are perfect for slumber parties, spa parties, girl’s weekends, travel, bachelorette parties or anyone who wants to get a good night’s sleep.

Use your Cricut Maker or other cutting machine that can cut fabric and sew up your own eye masks with ease. The Cricut Sleep Mask Maker bundle includes the mask shape, detailed directions and quotes to add with heat transfer vinyl.

In this video you will learn tips for cutting fabric with a Cricut machine and fabric grip cutting mat as well as how to sew sleep masks – also known as eye masks or dream masks.

00:00 introduction
00:28 Cut Fabric with Cricut
01:24 Removing fabric from Fabric Grip Mat
01:54 Cleaning Fabric Grip Mat
04:49 Fabric Supplies
04:50 Clip fabric together
06:33 Sew together
07:08 Clip curves & turn
08:17 Topstitch
08:58 Add HTV quotes
10:31 Using 2 colors of HTV


supply list

sleep mask with Cricut supply list
  • Cricut Sleep Mask Maker bundle by Tara Reed
  • Cricut Maker
  • Fabric Grip Mat (pink)
  • Standard Grip Mat (green)
  • Cricut Rotary Blade (cuts cotton, denim, silk, felt)
  • Cricut Fine Point Blade to cut HTV
  • Brayer
  • Heat Transfer Vinyl (HTV)
  • Heat Press
  • 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)
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Baby Wipes (to clean your Cutting Mats)

I’m excited to use my Cricut Maker for cutting fabric  – stay tuned for more projects so you can get sewing with Cricut too!

✂️ 🧵 Happy Sewing!

Tara Reed


I also have a bundle to cut baby bibs with your Cricut Maker too – such a time saver!

Read the Blog Post | See the Baby Bib Bundle in my Etsy Shop

Cricut Sleep Mask Maker bundle by Tara Reed Designs on Etsy
Let's Sew Things - visit Tara Reed's Etsy shop for sewing
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.


  • 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


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


How to Make a Sleep Mask with Cricut

How to make a pillowcase 

More projects with Hello Winter flannel

sleep masks and matching pillowcase