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If there’s one thing I always want more of, it’s sleep. My kids live to pounce on me and wake me up, or come ask me questions when my husband is kindly letting me sleep in. I thought maybe a sleep mask would help me ignore them, so I’m sharing this free sewing mask pattern! This would be a great project to sew if you’re taking any trips soon, or maybe the perfect stocking stuffer for any friends who have little people poking them awake.
Since you can’t buy sleep in a bottle, a fitting collaboration for this post is with Nature Made® Multi for Her plus Omega-3s Adult Gummies. This will be the first winter in a long time that I’m not taking prenatal vitamins due to being pregnant or nursing, so I’m glad that I finally have a plan to make sure I’m meeting my daily nutritional needs! Nature Made® gives you the assurance that you’re getting the nutrients you seek from your gummies. For example, Vitamins A, C, and D as well as zinc help support the immune system.†
A gummy you can trust, Nature Made® tests its gummies for purity and potency; my Dad has been a long time fan of this brand and I (usually) trust his recommendations.
This would be easy to sew up sans the sassy phrase, it’s a nice size to use up scraps but still show off fun fabric prints. You can see I used FOE, fold-over elastic, it’s my favorite for headbands because it’s super soft and doesn’t pinch hair when it stretches.
Ok, so it’s not perfect, haha! My littlest still came over and poked at me, but she’s only 2 so hopefully once she can read what it says she will leave me alone when I’m trying to sleep? Wishful thinking, I’m sure.
This is an intermediate project; sewing the tight curves can be tricky, my advice would be to go slow and use an applique foot which is clear so you can see underneath it.
How to sew a diy sleep mask
- Fat quarter of quilting cotton
- 13″ of elastic, preferably fold-over style (it is softer!) but anything will do
- 1/4 yard of fusible fleece
- Cut file on Cricut Design Space (also included in the PDF)
- PDF pattern – sign up for my newsletter and get the password to access this free template in my resource library
- Cricut/digital cutting machine & iron-on or freezer paper & fabric paint (tutorial for using this method here)
1- Use the template and cut on the fold, with two cotton masks and one fusible fleece. Follow the instructions to fuse the fleece to the wrong side of one mask, and decorate the right side of the other mask (file that I used is linked above).
2- Center your elastic and baste it along the edges, trimming off what hangs over.
3- Layer both masks right sides together and sew with 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving a 3″ gap at the top. You can snip small triangles out of the seam allowance around the curves if desired, to help it lay flat when turned right side out.
4- Turn it right side out, use an iron to press and tuck the seam allowance in, and top stitch around the edges, and you’re done!
Here is a shot of where to find them in the WalMart aisle, over by the pharmacy.
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