How To Sew An Oversized Sleep Mask

This larger sized sleep mask pattern really makes sure no light gets in and is perfect for travel or daytime naps.  It's lined with satin for a luxury feel.

Since I last shared a post here at So Sew Easy, I had a baby girl! With my toddler son running around too, it’s safe to say sleep is a rarity in our house. The sleep mask I have is too small and lets light in around the edges, defeating the purpose entirely. Today I’m sharing a simple pattern for an over-sized sleep mask – perfect to block the world out for a quick nap or while traveling!

Supplies:

  • 15″ of fold over elastic (FOE)
  • 1/4 yd or scrap of Woven cotton
  • 1/4 yd or scrap of Satin
  • Template Oversized Sleep Mask download

Steps:

step 1

1. Cut 1 pattern piece from satin and one from your woven cotton. Baste your FOE right sides together (RST), centered on one short end. Place on your face and stretch the FOE around, checking that you like the placement and length before trimming and basting the other side. I preferred a tighter fit, with 13″ of FOE, and placed the bottom edge of the FOE about 2.5″ up from the bottom of the pattern.

step 2

2. Place the woven main piece RST with the satin piece, making sure the FOE band is tucked inside neatly. Sew around the edges with 3/8″ seam allowance, leaving a 2″ gap at the top for turning.

step 3

3. Trim your seam allowance down to 1/8″, except over where your gap was left. If you really want it to press nicely, you can cut tiny triangles out of the concave curves and tiny slits in the convex curve where your nose goes.

step 4

4. Pull the mask right side out through the gap you left and press well, tucking the seam allowances down into the opening. Topstitch 1/4″ from the edge all the way around, taking care to not stitch through your FOE! Ta-da. You can shut the world out in style now.

The super soft satin side feels like a luxury, as does sleep at any time right now!

Free Sleep Mask Pattern. This larger sized sleep mask pattern really makes sure no light gets in and is perfect for travel or daytime naps.  It's lined with satin for a luxury feel.

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I'm Stephanie and I blog at Swoodsonsays.com about sewing and crafts for myself & my toddler son. I love upcycling, using up scraps,  and having the freedom to make what I can't find or afford in stores. I spend way too much time online - you can connect with me on twitter/pinterest/facebook/instagram !

 

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12 Responses to How To Sew An Oversized Sleep Mask

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  2. Stefania says:

    Thanks for this very useful tutorial, I have been looking for months for a nice and a simple present for my aunt who has eye problems, hope it likes it as well.

  3. Toni says:

    Thank you so much. I have needed this for the past 32 years. Better late than never

  4. Nerni says:

    I love the idea… thank you so much.

  5. dfarb001bby says:

    why do you use fold over elastic instead of regular elastic

  6. ROBIN, HUNTSVILLE TX says:

    Thank you for the pattern. Question: In photo #2, what is that sticking out the top?

  7. I need this. I have the same problem with my sleep mask, on top of stretching it out every month and having to replace it too often. Thank you and Congratulations on your new baby!

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  8. Carol Anglemyer says:

    thank you for the free pattern for the over size sleep mask

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