Jane's Sleep Mask

Created By:

Jane Spolar

Skill Level: Intermediate

Jane's extra deep little sleep mask will help block out excess light. They are super easy to make so consider making a whole basketful of them to place in a guest room. Your guest will get a great night of sleep and have a nice memento to take home.

Janome Supplies Required
  • Any Janome sewing machine
  • Zig Zag Foot A
Fabric and Notions Required

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  • Fabric piece, 11"x6" for front
  • Black fabric, 11"x6" for back
  • Black fusible interfacing, 11"x6"
  • Fusible fleece, 11"x6"
  • 1/4" wide black elastic, 2/3 yard

Click here for an image of the first five steps.

1.  Print the Jane’s Sleep Mask PDF.  (Make sure to select “Actual Size” when printing.)  Cut out the pattern on page 1. 

2.  Fuse black interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric you’ve chosen for the front of your sleep mask.

3.  If you want to embellish your fabric piece, do so now.  Here are a few ideas:

  •  Cut random angled strips and either fuse or glue them to the background.   Use              decorative thread and stitches to attach them.
  • Program some lettering, such as “ZZZZZ…” and randomly stitch over the background.
  • Use a 12wt. thread and stitch lines back and forth in a grid.
  • Appliqué.
  • Open the embroidery arm and stitch “SLEEP” in a large font to cover the entire mask.

4.  Fuse the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the front fabric piece.  (On top of the black interfacing.)

5.  Trace the pattern onto the right side of the front fabric.  Cut out inside the tracing lines.  Also trace the pattern onto the right side of the black fabric and cut out.

Click here for an image of the last five steps.

6.  Lay the mask front on top of pattern page 2.  Mark where to place the elastic.  Also lay the back mask piece on top of page 2 and mark where to keep an opening to turn the mask right side out.

7.  Cut two pieces of elastic 11½" long.  Pin ends to right side of mask front where marked.

8.  Pin both mask pieces, right sides together.  Stitch around the edges using a ¼" seam.  (Remember to leave the unstitched length for turning the mask right side out.  Be sure to use a backstitch both at the beginning and the end of the seam.)

Helpful hint:  Don’t use your ¼" foot for this step.  The guide bar will be in the way when trying to maneuver the tight curve.  However, if you set your needle position to the right (about 8.2), you can guide the edge of the fabric along the right edge of  Foot A. 

9.  Clip the curves all the way around the mask, almost to but not into the seam line.  The nose opening should be clipped at about ⅛" intervals and the rest at about ¼" intervals.

10.  Turn the mask right side out through the opening.  It might help to use a blunt edge tool to help push the seams out.  Press

11.  Pin the opening together with the seams to the inside.  Hand stitch the opening closed.

12.  Sleep Well!

Click here to access the full PDF of Jane's instructions.

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