Monday, March 3, 2014

DIY Sleep Mask

Style is important, even in your sleep.  Learn how to make this custom sleep mask, which is sure to bring you a stylish and peaceful night's sleep.

Last Christmas, tucked in her stocking, Grace found a Hello Kitty sleep mask.  Never would have imagined that this sleep mask would become an actual necessity for sleeping.  We quickly learned this, one night, when attempting our normal bedtime routine and said sleep mask could not be found.  It was then, I realized, you could never have too many sleep masks.

To make your own, you'll need scrap fabric for the front and back of your sleep mask.  I used Sherpa (which was REALLY hard to work with) for the front and a satin lining for the back.  You shouldn't need more than 1/4 of a yard of fabric for both sides.

You'll also need some double or single bias tape, some fold over elastic and any embellishments you want to add like buttons, flowers or embroidered details.

I employed my embroidery skills and added sleepy eyes to the Sherpa.  Again, the Sherpa was difficult.  Embroidery stitches needed to be really thick to get the desired look.  Other fabric options for the front of the sleep mask could be flannel or 100% cotton fabric.

Pin the fabric for the front of the sleep mask to the fabric for the back of the sleep mask.  When pinning, make sure to pin the wrong sides together.  You'll want the right sides facing out. 

Cut the sleep mask out.

Below is the pattern I used.  The finished sleep mask is approximately 7 inches long by 3-3 1/2 inches wide. 

Pin the fold over elastic to both sides of your sleep mask.  My fold over elastic was approximately 13 1/2 inches in length. 

Depending on the difficulty of keeping your front and back together, you can sew around the entire sleep mask, as close to the edge as possible. 

Open the bias tap and pin the bottom half to the sleep mask.  From the back, sew one side of the bias tape into place.  Sew along the perimeter and over the fold over elastic as well.

Now, fold the remaining half of the bias tape over the front of the sleep mask.  Sewing along the perimeter.

By finishing the biased tap in the front, any errors in stitching will (hopefully) only be visible from the back.

Add embellishments (like buttons or flowers), if desired.

The only thing left to do, test it out.  

Hopefully it brings its recipient a restful night's sleep.

They also double as safety goggles...or at least Grace thinks so.

*Originally Shared at One Artsy Mama


  1. oh my heavens to betsy - u have surpassed all markers for cuteness!! how sweet - I think my lexibug needs a sleep kit!

  2. What a cute project, Amy! Grace looks simply adorable in it too. I know wearing something that cute would make me sleep better ;)

  3. These are too cute! My girls have the gel ones from the dollar spot at target. I think they need some soft ones as well. :)

  4. Looks amazing. I like your added touch by the eyes.

  5. Ridiculously cute! My girls have a penchant for sleep masks. I have numerous pictures (of Lucy especially) donning them. :)

  6. Way too adorable for words, I wish Madeleine would wear one I bet summer bed times when it is light until as late as 10 pm it would be a huge help!

  7. I love this so much Amy! It is so cute and cozy :)

  8. Adorable! I love it but could never make this...pretty sure I can't make one out of wood! :)

  9. That is certainly the cutest sleeping mask I've ever seen! Even though the sherpa was hard to work with, I love how mask turned out with it. Great tutorial Amy!

    1. Thank you so much Maysem. It was incredibly hard to work with but, in the end, I am glad I struggled through because it did turn out exactly as I had hoped.

  10. This is adorable! I love that Grace has become addicted to a sleep mask. I wonder if my kidlets would try them?!?

  11. Oh that is the cutest! I want a sheep sleep mask. (I may need one to fall asleep when I move to town.) As a novice, I think I'd better try fleece instead of sherpa.

  12. Um, outstanding! I think you could sell these in your shop!!!!!!!!

  13. She can be sweet like a lamb...and sometimes mean like a lion :) Thanks Amy!

  14. I have never used sherpa before. Looks adorable but I can imagine embroidering that would be a beast!! My oldest has been having a hard time sleeping lately, maybe I need to make her one. We have a noise machine going now and have banished her from looking at her clock!

  15. So cute! I just pinned this :)

  16. This is too cute. I am definitely make one for my grand daughter she will love this one . Thanks for sharing this sleep mask tutorial

  17. Great article! Very informative and helpful. Thanks

  18. I simply love the idea. So feminine. You can use all kinds of fabric/bias and have so much fun with it. Thank you so much for sharing, girls!

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