Hello everyone!

You may have noticed a theme with our recent tutorials... We had a baby! With all of these projects and planning we've noticed sleep is hard to come by, and that's not ok! We want our sleep while we can get it, and something that has come in handy for the past few months has been our sleeping masks. We use them all the time to catch a nap. Sleeping masks really aren't hard to make, but the shape makes all the difference. And with the simple addition of some curtain black-out lining you can have a light and comfy mask that keeps sleep cozy!

I started by making a pattern for my new mask. I wanted something in the same shape of my old one, with the addition of a bigger nose slit which keeps the mask from squishing your nose. 

Once I had my pattern piece, I cut out one layer of black-out material and two layers of fabric. (Disclaimer: This mask will be washable, however because of the combination of cotton fabric and black-out lining you'll want to pre-wash your cotton so you don't get weird bunching when you wash your mask in the future.)

If you wanted to get a little fancy this is where you would add in some piping or other edging around the sides of the mask. I went for some piping that I pinned to one of the cotton pieces of fabric. As you come around the corners you'll need to give the piping some snips to help. Lots of pinning helps to keep everything in place too. 

Wherever your piping overlaps you will combine ends. Using your seam ripper you will open up both ends of the piping and overlap the ends by about 1/2". Re-pin the area and when you're done with that you'll use your zipper foot to stitch as close to the piping as possible.

Now, using the other piece of cotton, or even your pattern piece, pin a piece of elastic to both sides and adjust to your liking. Make sure to leave at least 1/2" on either end for sewing your elastic into your mask. When you have your piece of elastic you can stitch it on to what exists of the mask so far. A small safety pin holding down the middle of the elastic will help keep it from being caught in your sewing later!

Layer up your other piece of cotton and black-out fabric. These layers will go on the side of the elastic and piping. You can pin here if you like but taking it slowly to make sure all the layers line up works out just fine. You may want to start at the top, that is an easy place to leave an opening for turning your mask right-side-out later.

At this point you can hand sew the opening or top-stitch around the mask. Congrats, you've made your own sleeping mask! Whether you need it for yourself or you know a gentle sleeper with a bright bedroom, this mask will be a great comfort. Enjoy!

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