{DIY sleeping mask}

July 26, 2011

{DIY sleeping mask}

I love the fact that the days are longer during summer time, but this also means that the sun is coming up early.. Right now that starts around 4 in the morning!

Our curtain project helped a little with the problem of not being able to sleep in very long on the weekends, but I was still waking up too early for my liking.
So, I finally decided to sew a sleeping mask. I don’t know why I waited so long to make one! I feel SO much more rested in the mornings, since I don’t keep waking up every half our or so from the sun shining through our bedroom window — which gets full morning sun.

What you’ll need:

  • fabric
  • iron-on batting (I think this is what it’s called in English..)
  • elastic tape
  • sewing machine and thread


{DIY sleeping mask}

How to:

  1. Use this template to transfer the shape onto two pieces of fabric and two pieces of iron-on batting.
  2. Cut the fabric and batting, giving about 1/4″ seam allowance.
  3. Iron the batting on the backside of the fabric.
  4. Secure the two pieces of fabric (with the elastic tape inside) right side together with pins.
  5. Sew shut, but leave a little gap to turn it right side out.
  6. After turning it the right way, sew shut by hand.
  7. Sweet dreams!

I’m partying here

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  1. Lauren @ 31diy says:

    That’s so cool! I’ve never thought to make one of these, and now I think I must try it! It would make a great gift also :)

  2. silly me ! I always wondered where they used those for and knwo I finally know it is to block the light ! And it is so obvious ! I thought it was some kind of mystery beauty treatment because i know it from old movies and then it’s always a very handsome lady who wears them. I’ve learned something new today ;)

  3. Greetings from Denmark ☺

    I am a new follower on the blog. I am very impressed. You make SO beautiful things. A great inspiration!

    Thanks for sharing ☺

    Sincerely Maja

  4. Johnnie says:

    I can’t sleep without an eye mask. I don’t sew. Hmmm. How cool would it be to fall asleep with any eye mask, handmade for me by a lovely creative soul residing in Germany?!! I am just saying. We could do a trade…

    My favorite color is orange!!

  5. Melissa, SoChick! says:

    Great idea! My 8yr old daughter would Love for me to make one for her… while i’m making one for myself, of course!

  6. Very cute!!

  7. Katherines Corner says:

    sew” cute! love it!! Hugs

  8. OhioMomPatriot says:

    My DD loves these things. She buys them every time she sees one. I never thought to sew them. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 3 post on Jul. 26, 2011. Thanks again.

  10. Vivienne @ the V Spot says:

    Fabulous! It’s so rare and such a treat to be able to sleep in, you are right to do all you can to protect it. :)

  11. ~Becky~ says:

    Yay! Thank you for this. I’ve been meaning to try to find a pattern for a sleeping mask (mine is an airplane one and well over 15 years old) and now I have one!

  12. Cherished Bliss says:

    Hmm.. Maybe I need to try this since I can’t seem to go to bed any more! Thanks for linking up : )

  13. These would make great bridal shower prizes!

  14. In dire need of one right now!! Thanks for the lovely tutorial.

  15. Sibylle says:

    Very cute! Love the fabric!

  16. Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted says:

    So darling! I love a mask for when the hubby leaves the tv running all night…the flashing of the screen drives me up the wall!

  17. Laura Ingalls Gunn says:

    I am visiting via Someday Crafts. This is an absolutely adorable project!

    If you have written a post about a great restaurant, store or perhaps taken a fun trip I am now hosting a new linky party entitled Wayfaring Wednesdays. Come on by!

    Happy Wednesday!

  18. storycrafting says:

    Ack– I just bought one of these on Etsy! Maybe I will make another to switch during the week. Great tut!

  19. Desiree @ The 36th Avenue says:


    I have one word for you: STICKER!

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  20. Tracy @ CraftJunkieToo.com says:

    I found your fabulous project and blog through the linky party at Somewhat Simple!
    I’d like to invite you to my weekly T.G.I.F. Linky party to share your projects — I’m looking to grow my party with good quality projects just like this one….here is the direct link if you’d like to join us sometime — the linky is up Thursday evening — Tuesday….:)
    T.G.I.F. Linky Party

  21. Lauryn and Mike says:

    great idea. my hubby and i have been having a hard time sleeping because of the sun coming through our window so early. i will have to try this! so cute. i am a new follower!


  22. Love it! Thanks for the tutorial. It will go in my long list of need-to-do projects. Have a good day!

  23. totally LOVE it!!! thanks for sharing:)

  24. love it, Vanessa! this is 1such a great gift idea too. thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  25. I need one of these lol =D I’m stopping by from the Catch A Glimpse Thursday party. I would love for you to link this up to My Favorite Things party! It’s going on all week,
    & be sure to check out my giveaway too!


  26. Erin of HomeSavvyAtoZ.com says:

    I love this sleep mask and it would make a super cute gift for any friends! I think I may have to personalize one for my sister-in-law to be for her bachelorette night of sleep! :)

  27. Erin of HomeSavvyAtoZ.com says:

    P.S. Thanks so much for linking up at my party!

  28. Danielle says:

    These are just so pretty. I could see adding a bunch more lace and making it into a fancy nancy eye mask for my little girl. So fun! I’d love for you to link up to my feature Friday link party. I think this would be a hit:>


  29. Michelle says:

    Thanks for sharing! I’ll try this as a Christmas gift!!!

  30. Very cute, and seeing it just makes me think of a spa day (or night, ha!). Thanks for linking up!

  31. Alison@Oopsey Daisy says:

    What a fun idea!! I love this. Thanks for the tutorial!

  32. Sew adorable! I love it! Thanks for sharing with the Pink Hippo Party!

  33. What a neat idea to make your own eye mask! I have a boring black one from a plane journey — but a pretty one would be so much nicer!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  34. Very Cute! Found you on Homemaker on a Dime. Newest follower!

  35. Never thought to make my own mask! Great job! Thank you for linking up at Sew Woodsy last week. Hope you’ll join us again tomorrow!

  36. Kristine @ JandMs Eye Candy says:

    How fun!! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!!

    We host a linky party “Help a Momma Out” every Tuesday. This would be a perfect link up! Please feel free to add it :) We appreciate it! Thanks for sharing!


  37. Thank you for the tutorial. More the Merrier Monday will be open until Wednesday at midnight. I would love for you to stop by and link up your sleep mask. http://diyhshp.blogspot.com/

  38. Tasha Anderson says:

    Surely I would sleep better if I had one of those:)
    Thanks for sharing at Pinkalicious Thursday and I hope you’ll play again tomorrow:)

  39. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime says:

    I used to wear this when I napped in the car — 4 years ago. This project reminded me of those afternoons. Thanks for sharing.

  40. ~Iffy~ @ StayAtHomeNation says:

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know you are featured this week in my
    Stay At Home Nation Spotlight so be sure to grab a button. I can’t wait to see what you share this week!

  41. Desiree @ The 36th Avenue says:

    One word for you: STICKER!

    I just want to let you know that I’ll be featuring your sleeping mask today on my blog…

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  42. I’m a total sewing newbie and tried your mask tonight… I don’t sew curves well (is there a trick to this???) and it took me a moment to realize batting stays on outside when sewing, and elastic does too. Haha. Mine does the job but, um, isn’t quite as pretty as yours. ;)

  43. Just found your sweet blog through tipjunkie; I wanted to try the sleeping mask, but when I click on downloading the template, it tells me the account does not exist. Can you help with that? Thanks so much!


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