Quick-sew sleep mask DIY

Get a good night's sleep with this quick sewing mask project created by Jennie Jones.

How to sew a sleep mask

Make Jennie Jones’ quick-sew piped sleep mask and bag in an afternoon (and still have time for a nap). We’ll show you how…


You will need

  • Main fabric: one fat quarter
  • Contrast fabric: one fat quarter
  • 2oz wadding: 25x15cm (10x6in)
  • Narrow piping cord: 45cm (18in)
  • Elastic: 1cm (38in) width x 25cm (10in) length
  • Ribbon: 5mm (14in) width x 80cm (32in) length
  • Matching thread
  • Basic sewing kit
  • Template: download our Simply Sewing Patterns issue 38 here.


Use a 1cm (38in) seam allowance. Download the template from www.simplysewingmag.com/downloads

Cutting out

Step one: Download the template and cut it out.

Step two: From the main fabric cut:

  • Eye mask: cut one piece using the template.
  • Elastic casing: 5x50cm.
  • Bag: two pieces 18x16cm (718x638in).

Step three: From the contrast fabric cut:

  • Eye mask lining: cut one using the template.
  • Piping strip: 3x45cm (114x18in).
  • Bag lining: two pieces 8x16cm (318x638in).

Making the sleep mask

Step one: Fold the piping strip in half lengthways with wrong sides (WS) together and place the piping cord inside. Stitch together down the length 1cm (38in) from the edge.

Step two: Pin the covered piping around the edge of the main fabric mask shape with right sides (RS) together and matching raw edges.

How to make a sleep mask step 1

Step three: To join the short ends, trim down the cord so it meets the other end. Fold over one fabric short end and tuck the other inside it.

How to sew a sleep mask step 2

Step four: Sew the covered piping into place.

Step five: Fold the elastic casing fabric strip in half lengthways with RS facing then sew together down the length and turn RS out.

Step six: Thread the elastic though the casing and stitch across both ends to hold the elastic.

Step seven: Pin the elastic casing centrally across the sides of the mask.

Step eight: Pin the mask lining RS together on top and stitch together close to the piping cord, leaving a turning gap on one side.

How to sew a sleep mask step 3

Step nine: Turn RS out, slip stitch the gap closed.

Making the bag

Step one: Place the long edge of one lining strip RS together across the top short edge of the main bag, matching the top short raw edges.

Step two: Stitch together across the top then turn under the other raw long edge of the lining piece by 1.5cm (58in).

Step three: Repeat this with the other main bag and lining strip.

Step four: Place the joined pieces RS facing and stitch together down the sides, leaving a 1cm (158in) gap on each side positioned 4cm (2in) down from the seam.

How to sew a sleep mask step 4

Step five: Press the side seams open then stitch a box around the gaps.

How to sew a sleep mask step 5

Step six: Turn the bag RS out, tuck the lining strip into the bag and pin into place.

Step seven: Sew two lines all the way around to make the casing channel, positioning them at the top and bottom of the boxes.

How to sew a sleep mask step 6

Step eight: Cut the ribbon in half and thread one length though the casing, then knot the ends.

Step nine: Thread the other length through but starting and finishing at the opposite side.

Step ten: Fold your mask in half, pop it into the bag and pull the ribbons to close.

How to sew a sleep mask

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