When we do not get the recommended sleep each night, it affects our brains as well our bodies. We become lethargic, and our productivity diminishes. An eye mask or sleep mask is an easy and natural way to help us sleep faster. These fabric masks cover both our eyes and keep all light away from our eyes. Moving ahead in this article we will see steps involved in DIY sleep mark.
If you have trouble getting to sleep, eye masks can be the easiest and the safest solution to your problem. When we put on a sleep mask, it blocks all unwanted light from our eyes. Our brain senses this and produces melatonin, a chemical that induces sleep. Frequent long-distance travellers and people who work the night-shift can benefit a great deal by using eye masks.
While there are plenty of eye masks available on the market, they can not match up with a personalised mask that you can fashion on your own. These masks can also be excellent personalised gifts. So, let’s learn how to tailor these nifty nap time accessories.
DIY sleep mask at home – Steps
Designing and tailoring an eye mask is a quick and easy project. All you need is a bit of fabric and a whole lot of creativity, and you’ll own the most fabulous eye mask you have ever seen.
Step 1: Gather your tools
Gather all the material you need to fashion your eye mask. You will need:
- A piece of washable fabric
- Clear Ruler
- Batting for the lining
- Seam gauge
- Eye or sleep mask pattern
Step 2: Print the free pattern
There are many free downloadable patterns available online. Choose one and take a printout. Make sure that the size is correct for your face before you proceed further
Step 3: Cut the pattern
Once you have confirmed that the size of the pattern is correct, cut it out.
Step 4: Cut two layers of the fabric
You need to cut two layers of the fabric that you have chosen. Pin the pattern to the material and cut. Ensure that the material you have selected is dark as it will mimic the darkness of the night. Choose a washable fabric as you will need to wash your eye mask often as it tends to get dirty with makeup and creams that you may be using on your face.
Step 5: Cut the batting
Cut the batting the same way that you cut the fabric. Batting is the soft layer of filling that you need for your mask. Make sure you use a soft one that is not too thick.
Step 6: Secure the elastic properly
Measure from the top of the mask and pin the elastic on the right side first and then safety pin on the left side. Make sure you measure your head and cut the correct size of the elastic. You will lose a bit of this length while stitching, so keep that allowance.
Step 7: Baste the elastic in place
Baste the elastic in place before you start stitching the layers together. Leave a seam allowance of 1/4 inch when you sew it.
Step 8: Mark the centre curve
The tight curve in the centre of the pattern can be difficult to stitch without marking. So, use your seam gauge to make a stitching line keeping a 3/8 inch seam allowance. You will now be able to sew it more neatly.
Step 9: Pin the layers together
Pin the fabric layers on the right side together and the batting at the bottom. This will ensure that the batting is hidden inside the mask. Make sure that the elastic is away from the stitching line.
Step 10: Sew the layers
Leaving the 3/8 inch seam allowance, sew all the way around the mask. Leave a two- inch opening in the centre of the flat top edge.
Step 11: Trim the extra fabric
Trim the excess fabric along the seam allowance to 1/8 inch. Do not trim along the opening at the top as it has to be tucked in later.
Step 12: Smooth out the curves
Turn the fabric inside out and use the curvy end of the ruler to smoothen out the curves.
Step 13: Tuck in the opening on the top
Tuck in the extra fabric felt on the top opening. Press the sides with your fingers to create a smooth edge.
Step 14: Stitch all around
Stitch around the perimeter of the whole mask and close the opening. Leave ¼ inch seam allowance and stitch with a coloured thread.
Step 15: Finish it off with a final press
Iron the eye mask properly for a neat finish.
- Choose your fabric well. Go for a dark as it will not get dirty too soon and is more effective in blocking light.
- Soft cotton is the best choice of fabric for making the sleep mask. Other fabrics like felt can irritate the delicate skin around your eyes.
- Make sure that you use the right length of the elastic for the mask. If it’s too long, it will not stay in place, and if it’s too short, it can cause a headache.
- Wash your eye mask regularly as you would not want your eyes to get infected.
Sleep is essential for good health. We all understand the how vital sleep is but turn to unnatural methods like sleeping pills to help us relax. Avoid these highly addictive methods and opt for sleep mask instead.