Easy quilted sleep mask tutorial

One of my goals with this blog is to get back into sewing. It’s always been a little challenging and intimidating for me – I’m much more comfortable knitting and crocheting. I’m also one of those people who absolutely must sleep with a sleep mask every night. But, the sleep mask I had was getting too stretched out and a little gross.  How about sewing a new sleep mask? It’s a small project and it motivated me to dust off my sewing machine. Plus, I had leftover fabric from a halter I made a couple of years ago and minky fabric from a baby blanket project.

I used Amy Butler’s instructions in In Stitches as a guide, but made a bunch of tweaks.

Quilted sleep mask tutorial

Finished size: Approximately 3-1/2” wide x 8-1/2” long


  • ¼ yard fabric for front of mask & strap (A)
  • ¼ yard soft or silky fabric for back of mask (B)
  • ¼ yard muslin
  • Traditional polyester batting


  • Wax paper
  • Cutting mat
  • Quilting ruler
  • Scissors
  • Matching thread
  • Chalk pencil or fabric pen
  • 1/8” elastic, about 10-15″
  • Straight pins
  • Safety-pins

1. For the pattern, you can download my pattern or draw your own. To make your own pattern, take an old sleep mask and fold it in half. Trace around it on a folded piece of wax paper and cut it out.

2. For each, cut 6” x 10” from: mask front fabric (A), muslin and 2 panels of the polyester batting.

3. Place the muslin on a flat, clean surface and using the quilting ruler and chalk, draw diagonal lines across the muslin, 1” apart.  Then, turn the fabric around and draw diagonal lines, 1” apart in the opposite direction. This will create a diamond pattern, which you will next quilt.

4. Place the mask front fabric (A) with the wrong side up and stack the two polyester batting panels and the muslin with the chalk side up.  Pin all the layers together.

5. Starting with the center diagonal line, machine stitch with a mid-length stitch. Work from the center line out and then stitch the lines drawn in the opposite direction. Now you have your quilted front

6. For the strap, cut out a 3” x 18” panel from the fabric that matches the front of the mask (A). Placing the right sides together, sew the sides together using a ¼” seam allowance. Turn the strap right side out using a turning tool or the eraser end of a pencil.

7. Next, cut out a strip of 1/8” elastic. To figure how much you need, stretch the elastic around your head from one temple to the other. Cut the length however it feels most comfortable. I like a strap that’s not too tight, so I cut a 13” length.

8. Pin one end of the elastic to one end of the strap tube with a safety-pin. Then, attach a safety-pin on the other end of the elastic. Fish this end with the safety-pin through the strap tube. Stitch both ends of the elastic to the strap to tack it down, about a ¼” or less from the edge of the strap.

9. Going back to the mask, take the mask pattern and pin it on the quilted mask front and cut out.

Then pin the mask pattern on the fabric for the back (B). Cut the back of the mask out, but don’t cut too flush to the pattern. You want to have about a 1/8” extra fabric for the back to account for the thickness of the quilted front.

10. Place the right side of the quilted mask front with one end of the strap and pin in place. Machine baste together using a ¼” seam allowance. Do the same on the other side.

11. Next, to keep the straps from getting caught, pin the loose parts of the strap to the right side of the quilted mask front. Then place the right sides together of the quilted mask front (A) and the mask back (B) and pin in place.  Machine stitch the mask together using a ½” seam allowance. Leave a 4” opening at the top of the mask.

12. Trim the seam allowance to about ¼” around the mask. In the nose area, clip into the seam allowance, being careful not the cut into the stitching. Then turn the mask right side out and press flat.

13. At the opening at the top of the mask, turn in the edges and pin. Top stitch completely around the mask as close to the edge as possible.

14. Now you have a completed mask – sweet dreams!

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One Response to Easy quilted sleep mask tutorial

  1. javajem says:

    Great tutorial! I’ve been wanting to do more sewing too. I wish I had the time! I hope you have a great new year!!

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