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How to Make a Sleep Mask

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Why not enjoy a spa day in your own home? This eye mask set using Joules fat quarters is sure to help you relax. It's a fantastic project for beginners and creates a lovely accessory that's ideal for gifting.

Hobbycraft is excited to announce the launch of an exclusive fabric collection with premium lifestyle brand Joules. Craft your own projects with the British brand's quintessential heritage style, with fabrics featuring iconic prints and patterns from the Joules archive.

Project and instructions by @sew__jessali.

Full range of Joules fabrics available in our stores from April 12th 2021.

Discover more great sewing projects using Joules fabrics here

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How to make

Eye Mask Step 1

Using the template provided, draw around the template on your chosen fabric. Repeat on your chosen reverse fabric. You may want to play with pattern placement.

 

Download the PDF template here

Eye Mask Step 2

Cut a piece of 20mm elastic the length of the back of your head from ear to ear, then add 2cm to this length. If making it for someone else, cut a piece 36cm long. Cut a rectangular piece of fabric that measures (elastic width x 2 (+2cm)) x (Elastic Length + 10cm). So for a 36cm length of 20mm elastic, cut a fabric strip that is 6cm x 46cm.

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Eye Mask Step 3

Fold your fabric strip in half length ways and pin down the long edge.

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Eye Mask Step 4

Sew down this long edge, for ease later on, sew slightly shy of 10mm. Attach a safety pin to one end and feed it down the centre to turn the fabric tube the right way around. Press it flat with the seam line down the centre.

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Eye Mask Step 5

Attach a safety pin to one end of your elastic and feed it down the centre of your fabric strip. This is tricky, so take your time to stretch and feed as you go.

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Eye Mask Step 6

Once the elastic lines up with each end, pin and sew the ends securely. Stretch the whole piece flat, then let go to evenly distribute gathers.

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Eye Mask Step 7

Next cut a piece of wadding that’s larger than your eye mask fabric. Lay this down with the ‘lining’ fabric piece facing up. Next get your elastic piece and line up each end down the centre, with the seam line facing the ‘lining’ piece. Make sure the elastic piece isn’t twisted. Then lay the ‘outer’ fabric piece on top, right sides facing.

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Eye Mask Step 8

Pin all these layers together. Make sure all raw edges are lined up. Make a 5cm gap in the top of the mask where it is slightly straighter.

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Eye Mask Step 9

Sew carefully all the way around leaving the marked gap in the top.

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Eye Mask Step 10

Cut your sewn mask piece from the wadding and use scissors to cut small slits all the way around the curved edges of your mask.

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Eye Mask Step 11

Using the gap you left in the top, turn the whole mask the right way around. Give it a good press to make the edges neat.

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Eye Mask Step 12

Pin the gap closed and sew around the whole mask, close to the edge, sewing the gap shut in the process. Take your time. Give everything a final press to finish.

Eye Mask Bag Step 1

Cut two rectangles of fabric that measures 30 x 20cm. You may want to play with the pattern placement and have a different fabric for each.

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Eye Mask Bag Step 2
Lay the rectangles right sides together and pin the top long edge. Sew and press seams open.
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Eye Mask Bag Step 3
Next fold the whole pieces in half long ways, right sides together. Fabric 1 should be touching Fabric 1 and Fabric 2 should be touching Fabric 2 with the seam in the middle. Pin together. Mark a 5cm gap in the bottom end of the ‘lining’ fabric. And mark a 1.5cm gap 1.5cm down from the middle seam in the ‘outer’ fabric.
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Eye Mask Bag Step 4
Sew around the 3 open edges, leaving your marked gaps. Trim the corners.
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Eye Mask Bag Step 5
Turn the whole bag the right way around through the larger gap in the lining end. Press and pin the gap shut.
Eye Mask Bag Step 6
Sew the gap close to the edge and then pop the ‘lining’ side inside the ‘outer’ bag. Give it all another press.
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Eye Mask Bag Step 7
Find the 1.5cm gap in the ‘outer’ side seam and place pins on either side. Sew around the top in a circle on each of these lines. The first one should be 1.5cm from the top edge, the second 1.5cm below that.
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Eye Mask Bag Step 8
Attach a safety pin to a piece of ribbon and thread it through the gap. Feed it through the channel and out the other side. Knot them together to secure and trim the ends.
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