Make your own DIY Sleep Mask with our free pattern. This is a perfect project to use up left over fabric and small pieces of batting. It’s a quick and easy project, perfect for beginners. Make a few for gifts – and for yourself! They are great for travelers for sleeping on the plane, or for those long summer days when the sun rises too early.
What fabrics are best for a DIY Sleep Mask?
For the outside fabrics, any light weight fabric works. It’s best to select something that is not scratchy or too thick. Upholstery weight fabrics are not suitable. Quilting cottons are perfect and come in a large selection of prints.
For the lining, use a soft fabric that you would like next to your face. Flannels, fleece and minky fabrics are perfect. Quilting cottons or lawn fabrics work well, too – they just aren’t quite as cozy and soft.
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For the batting, use a cotton or wool batting. The batting adds an extra layer of softness and helps block the light a bit more than just the two layers of fabrics.
Here is a sleep mask made with a calming floral fabric with a minky fabric lining.
Have fun with the lining fabrics, one of these has super soft minky fabric and the other a fleece.
Many travelers use sleep masks to keep light distractions at bay. Chardel made her “Why-Not-Keep-Everyone-Else-Awake” Sleep Mask.
And, Comfortably.Nerdy made a Star Wars mask with scraps of glow-in-the-dark Star Wars fabric lined with navy blue flannel.
Note: Some patterns call for fusible interfacing to help block the light. Using fusible interfacing can make your sleep mask stiffer and not as comfortable. I suggest sticking with a soft cotton batting.