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I love a little bit of self care, don’t you? And one of the easiest ways to chill is to recline back with an eye mask. And they are really quite simple to make. Follow this tutorial on how to make an eye mask with my free template and you will soon be gifting these to all your friends and family!
How To Make An Eye Mask
This DIY eye mask is a brilliant way to use up some of your remnants from sewing larger projects.
Want to find more ways to use up your fabric scraps? Find over 40 scrap busting projects here!
It is slightly padded so it is incredibly soft and gentle on the eye area. And have you ever found that you’ve bought an eye mask where the elastic is too long? Well I have added an adjustable toggle so it will always be the perfect fit!
These eye masks make a great gift. Whether the recipient is going into hospital (where a sleep mask is a very good idea) or you just want to gift it along with a self care bundle, it is sure to be well received.
So shall I show you how to make one? Read on!
You Will Need
- Some pretty outer fabric and or inner fabric – I used a remnant of Rifle Paper Company rayon viscose, as it is so soft and silky. You could use cotton, but for luxury I love a more satin feel.
- My Eye Mask Template
- Some batting / wadding fabric or fleece.
- Coordinating thread
- Some 3/16 inch (5mm) elastic
- A Sewing machine
- Pins, scissors, and a hot iron.
To Make The Eye Mask
Print the template onto card and cut out the pattern.
Cut 2 pieces of outer fabric and 1 piece of wadding or fleece. Cut about 15 inches of elastic, and put a toggle onto the elastic using this method. This makes an adjustable strap for the mask.
Take the wadding piece, lay one of the outer pieces of fabric right side up on top. Then place the elastic strap so that each end is placed at each side of the mask as shown.
Finally, place the second piece of outer fabric right side down on top. And pin around the 3 layers of mask. I like to keep the loop between the two top pins, and this ensures that you don’t catch the elastic strap as you sew around the edge in the next step.
No you need to stitch around the whole thing, but leave a 2 inch gap at the top where the strap is currently poking out.
Using a 3/8 inch (1cmm) seam allowance, sew around the mask leaving a gap at the top. Backstitch at the beginning and end of your sewing.
Trim the seam allowances everywhere except the opening .
Then turn the whole thing the right way out, push out the corners with a pointed instrument, and give the whole thing a good press. Do not iron the elastic!
Now, you can just slip stitch the gap at the top of the eye mask closed. But I like to return to the sewing machine and sew 1/8 to 1/4 inch away from the edge all the way around. This also closes the gap that was used for turning through the mask.
And you have a finished mask!
The Finished Mask
These are so quick and easy to sew, you’ll be quickly making them up for all occasions for friends and family. Or maybe even sewing them for selling at craft fairs or to sell on Etsy.
Need some more ideas for things to sell? There are over 25 great ideas here.
And some great ideas for Christmas projects here.
Think that you might be making these in the near future? I love to see your creations. Why not comment below, or tag me in your project on social media.
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