Meg of The Closet Seamstress shares this cute idea for a Mother's Day gift.With this easy-to-follow tutorial, create a sleep mask for Mom to wear on flights, or anywhere she likes. Use her favorite colors and embellish for her personality. A pattern makes this sewing project a breeze. Thanks Meg!
- 1 fat quarter of fabric (for the outside of the mask)
- 1 fat quarter of black satin (for the inside of the mask)
- 1 fat quarter size piece of fusible facing
- 1 piece of ½” wide elastic
- 1 safety pin
- Use a tape measure to measure around your head, going over your eyes and behind the back of your head. Take this measurement take off 8”. Cut your elastic to be that length.
- Cut a strip of fabric from the main fabric measuring about 2”x18” This is the casing for your elastic.
- Cut out the sleep mask pattern at the end of this tutorial & add on ½“ seam allowance.
- Use the pattern to cut one mask shape out of the main fabric, the satin & the facing.
- Iron the fusible facing to the wrong side of the main fabric.
- Fold the strip of fabric in half. And sew ½” from the edge.
- Pin the elastic to the seam allowance of the fabric strip at both ends and the mid point.
- Sew the elastic to the seam allowance using a large zig zag stitch and stretching the elastic as you go. Attaching the elastic to the casing will ensure that it doesn’t twist inside and stays flat.
- Pin the safety pin to the elastic, then push it into the fabric tube, so that you are turning the fabric casing the right way round and encasing the elastic in the casing.
- Pin the elastic & casing to the main fabric on the right side. Sew in place.
- Pin the satin on the main fabric so that the right sides are together, and sew all the way round ½” from the edge and leaving a 2” gap.
- Clip all of the curved edges.
- Turn the mask inside out through the gap in the sewing, and hand sew the last bit with the mask right side round.
- Iron flat.
- Then decorate as you like! Here are some sleep masks I made for my mom, I printed a message on iron on paper and ironed it to the mask for one, and for the other I stuck stick on jewels on it. I think sequins or beads would be gorgeous too!! Happy Mother’s day!
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