Small Projects

Fabric Eye Mask

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If, like me, you struggle to sleep unless it’s pitch back, try making your very own fabric eye mask to block out the light during the night!

What you’ll need:

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  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Fabric shears
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Pins
  • Elastic
  • Sewing machine

Let’s get started!

  1. Let’s start with the pattern! First, take a few measurements from your face: the length across your eyes and then the width down your face that you want to have covered. My measurements were 16.5cm across and 7.5cm down. Fold your paper in half and along the fold roughly sketch out an eye shape using your measurements. Once you are happy with the pattern, cut it out.
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2. Fold your fabric in two and place your eye mask pattern against the edge. I positioned my eye mask slightly further down my fabric so I could get more of the owl print. Also by doubling up our fabric, we’ll cut out two at a time.

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3. Once you are happy with the fabric placement, cut out your eye mask pieces.

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4. Our next step is to cut the elastic, I used 30cm of elastic. To find out how much elastic you’ll need, measure around the back of your head but then take away roughly 6-8cm so that the eye mask will be a tight, but comfortable, fit.

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5. Place your two eye mask pieces together so that the fabric print is on the inside.

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6. Take one side of your elastic and lay it down the middle of the eye mask. Then lay the other fabric piece over the top and pin in place.

7. Using your sewing machine, stitch close to the edge starting near the elastic. I’ve used a 0.5cm seam allowance all the way around. Once you have stitched one side of the elastic, you’ll need to position the other side next. Whilst the eye mask is still positioned at the sewing machine, push all of the elastic inside the eye mask until you can just see a tiny bit poking out of the side. Hold the end of the elastic in place opposite the other and sew over the top of it. Make sure the middle of the elastic is out of the way of your needle and that you leave an opening along the top of the eye mask so you can turn it through the right way around.

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8. Turn out the eye mask through the opening so that the eye mask is now the right way round with all of the elastic now on the outside.

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9. Make sure that the eye mask is laying flat. Pin around the edges and sew along the outer edge with a top stitch. This will keep the mask laying flat even when you are wearing it.

And we’re done, it’s all ready to wear! I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and have a go yourself!

If you have a go don’t forget to share your makes with us on Instagram @aboxofbuttons or on Twitter @aBoxofButtons! See you next time!

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