How to make a girly sleeping mask – DIY tutorial

Sleeping mask tutorial

The other day my daughter couldn’t go to sleep because of an other concert in the stadium across the road. So she put on one of the sleeping masks her father got from one airline or another. Not very logical I know. Plus: these masks all come in greyish navy black. So I decided to make her a pretty sleeping mask and I show you how to do it.

sleeping mask

The sleeping mask is made of three layers: outer, lining and felt in the middle to really black out. But it is reversible so you can pick whatever side you prefer. You could even make it in two very different fabric so it could match changing moods.

This is an easy project and it take about one hour to complete. The only tricky bit is to stitch around the shape of the mask which is quite curvy. It is not expensive and I think you could even use some scraps as it only requires small pieces of fabric. Below are the steps with loads of pictures to make your own sleeping mask.


Sleeping mask tutorial - supplies

  • Template – downloadable for free here
  • Outer fabric: 20×12 cm (8×5”)
  • Matching thread
  • Lining fabric: 20×12 cm(8×5”)
  • Black felt: 20×12 cm(8×5”)
  • 0,5 cm (1/4”) wide elastic in black – I used 40 cm (16”) but you may need more or less depending on the size of your head. You can measure it from temple to temple through the back of your head and add 3 cm (1”) to find out the right measurement for you.

1 – Cut out the fabric

Using the larger paper template, cut one piece of outer fabric and one piece of lining fabric. Using the smaller template, cut one piece of felt. You end up with three pieces of fabric as shown on picture 1.

Sleeping mask step 1
Picture 1

2 – Assemble pieces and elastic

Lay the outer piece right side up. Lay the elastic flat across the mask, leaving 1.5 cm (0.5”) over the edge. Make loose stitches at each end of the mask to secure the elastic, see red stitch on picture 2.

Speeling mask step 2
Picture 2

3 – Add the lining piece

Lay the lining piece wrong side up on top of the outer piece with edges flushed and pin. The elastic should now be sandwiched between both pieces. Make sure the elastic ends are perpendicular to the fabric edges as sown on picture 3.

Sleeping mask step 3
Picture 3

4 – Stitch

Stitch all around using a 0.5 cm (1/4”) seam allowance and leaving the top flat part open on about 8 cm (3”). Stitch the elastic twice using your machine reverse stitch. Be careful not to catch the rest of the elastic in the seam.

Trim excess of fabric along the seam (leave the opening as it is). Remove the baste stitch from both ends of elastic. Make a few cuts in the curves to eliminate any fabric bulk when turning over.It should now look as on picture 4.

Sleeping mask step 4
Picture 4

Turn the mask inside out through the opening. Use a pen if needed to completely turn the corners and curves. Press flat.

5 – Add the felt piece

Insert hte felt piece using the end of your scissors if you find fabric is to sleepy and does not want to get into place. Fold in the opening edges and pin (the felt has to be hidden below one of the folds, as shown on picture 5).

Sleeping mask step 5
Picture 5

6 – Top stitch

Top stitch all around the mask close to the edge. Make sure the opening is properly closed, see examples of end result on pictures 6.1 and 6.2.

Sleeping mask step 6
Picture 6.1
Sleeping mask step 6
Picture 6.2

And you’re done! If you make the sleeping mask, please let me know how it goes. I would love to see what fabric you pick.

This week I am taking part into the Handmade Monday link party hosted by Handmade Harbour. Have a look at what everybody made, it is quite interesting.

28 thoughts on “How to make a girly sleeping mask – DIY tutorial

    1. Thanks Wendy. Actually my daughter lost interest as soon as the mask was finished but her little brother loves it. Sigh.

  1. I like the use of 2 different fabrics for different moods or even weathers! Maybe you could use it if your daughter doesn’t want it? I would πŸ™‚ Enjoy your holiday.

    1. Ha thanks. I’m sure if I show any interest in this mask she will reclaim it quite quickly πŸ™‚

    1. Actually I have never used one, once my body has landed in a plane, nothing can stop it from sleeping πŸ™‚

    1. Yes, it would make a nice present as well. Please let me know how it goes if you decide to make one.

  2. What a great idea. Much prettier than the ones on the airlines. My husband works nights so maybe he could do with one. Have a lovely week. Ali x

    1. Ho, I would love to see what type of fabric you select if you make one for your husband. I have became obsessed with crafting for men/boys and currently trying to make more of this type of stuff.

  3. Fantastic idea and I love that it is reversible! I wonder if I should make one for my husband as he often flies to China! Not sure about the flowery fabric for that one! x

    1. You know, you could pick a different colour to match his eyes if needed. I often think men don’t wear enough flowery fabric πŸ™‚

  4. Great tutorial. I am one of those people that can fall asleep at the drop of a hat so have never needed any props and i must admit used to take the micky out of my sister for wearig a mask every night!

    1. I know Lisa, I am the same as you. But I was delighted my daughter gav me an excuse to make one of those πŸ™‚

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