How to Make a Homemade (DIY) Sleep Mask – Step by Step Guide

Sleep masks are the true best friend of the always-on-the-go type of friend or the frequent-flyer colleague that you might have. They would help the user get the restful sleep by preventing any unwanted light disturbances.

Buying one is always an option, but why spend the money to get something completely depersonalized when you can tailor one yourself? This is a great gift idea or a way to come up with something unique – something that you’d be the sole owner of. Let’s see how you can handcraft it on your own.

The Easy Way to Make a Sleep mask

Step 1: Preparation

There are a few different things that you would need for this challenge. You’d have to get fabric, clear ruler, scissors, pins, elastic, thread, water-soluble pen or a pencil, a seam gauge, batting for the lining and a pit of patience. A pattern would also be needed.

Step 2: Printing the Eye Mask Pattern

The first thing you’d have to do when it comes to the operational side would be to print the pattern. There are quite a lot of different options available on the internet, many of which are free to download. Print it and get it sized to make sure it’s the correct one.

image showing mask pattern
Photo Credit: craftsy.com

Step 3: Cutting the Pattern

Once you’ve confirmed the correct size, you can use the paper scissors to cut the pattern for your mask.

Step 4: Cutting the Fabric

In order to create the mask, you’d have to use 2 different layers of fabric. Pin the pattern to the fabric that you’ve selected. Keep in mind that it’s a good idea to use a dark-colored fabric as it would mimic the darkness brought by the night.

image showing patterned fabric and scissors

Step 5: Cut the Batting

Cut just one layer of the batting that you’ve chosen. Make sure to pick something that’s thin for comfort.

Step 6: Pinning the Elastic

Now, you need to measure down from the top of the mask and after that pin the elastic in place. This happens on the right side of the fabric first. Once you are done, make sure to repeat it on the other side as well.

Step 7: Basting the Elastic

Now, a lot of the guides out there would have you pin the elastic first on both sides and only after that to sew them in place. This, however, is not the preferred approach. Sew the elastic in place in order to ensure that it’s stable and it stays at one place.

Basting the Elastic
Image From a Video Made by Tara D via YouTube

Step 8: Marking the Center Curve

You should mark the center curve on the pattern which is going to be located above your nose. This is going to be sewn a lot more accurately if you mark it beforehand. You can use the water-soluble marking pen that we mentioned to draw the stitching line on the edges.

Step 9: Pinning the Layers

If you want to keep the batting to be hidden within the mask, you should pin the fabrics on the right sides together and make sure that the batting remains at the bottom. Always make sure to keep the elastic away from the stitch line.

pinning the layers of fabric

Step 10: Putting the Layers Together

You can use a 3/8-inches of the seam allowance and sew all the way through the mask. Make sure to leave about 2 inches of opening on top along the flat nose bridge.

Step 11: Trimming the Seam Allowance

Once you are done sewing, you should trim the allowance to about ¼ to 1/8 of an inch. You shouldn’t trim right at the top.

Step 12: Smoothen the Curves

You can use the clear ruler with its curvy end to open up the seams around the mask in order to smoothen the curves.

Step 13: Tucking in the Allowance

Obviously, this has to be done for support, reliability and comfort. At the opening left right along the top of the mask, you should fold the seam allowance right to the inside. Create a smooth line, regardless of how much time it would take.

Tucking in the allowance
Photo Credit: instructables.com

Step 14: Closing the Opening

You should use a ¼-1/8 of an inch of the seam allowance and make sure that you use a thread color which goes well with the fabric you’ve chosen.

Step 15: The Final Press

This is the easiest part of it – just use the iron and press it properly to provide it with a clean look. That’s pretty much everything you ought to know.

Check out this video made by Tara D on YouTube:

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Make It Without Sewing?

Unfortunately, making a sleeping mask without sewing is not quite possible. You wouldn’t be able to put all the pieces together in any other way.

Use Fabric Or Felt?

Using fabric is the preferred choice as felt could cause certain irritations. Furthermore, it’s not as easy to sew.

Should I Use Two Pieces of Fabric?

Yes, you should. This is the best and the easiest way to make sure that the pattern is properly put together.

How Do I Determine The Elastic Length?

Test it out. There is no one-off solution – it all depends on the size of your head. Put down a piece of elastic, pin it to your pattern and put it on your face. Always make it a tiny bit shorter in order to make the sleeping mask tighter on your face.

Is Paper Okay to Use?

Paper is only okay to create the initial pattern. Afterwards, you should be using fabric.

Conclusion


This is a quick, particularly easy and hassle-free way to make a DIY sleeping mask for your travels. Some people also prefer to use it for their everyday sleeping. It’s a great gift for a friend of yours who is constantly on the plane, traveling from one destination to another.

This is also going to allow you to personalize it in a way that you find appropriate, and make the perfect eye mask for you or your friends. And, after all, you’d have something that no one else in the entire world has.

Author: Sarah Cummings

I think we’re all nerds, but I’m probably the biggest nerd in the group. Put me nose deep in a spreadsheet and I'll start smiling.

I love to travel, hang out with positive people, and love cycling when I find the time!

My hope is that everyone who visits our site will walk away with a fresh perspective. I think too many people in society downplay the importance of sleep. In my opinion, it’s the difference between an average life and an amazing one.

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