Make your own Liberty Print eye mask
Charlotte Smith of inspirational craft blog, Lotts and Lots, lets us in on another sewing project with her step-by-step eye mask tutorial. Using some of our glorious Liberty Print fabric, you can create something pretty and practical to help you catch up on some well-deserved rest.
You’ll need – Liberty Tana Lawn fabric, at least half a metre in contrasting colourways, felt, 6mm elastic, thread, pencil, paper, ruler
Step 1. First draw your pattern – you can cheat and draw around an existing mask you might have. I went with the free hand option, joining the straight lines with curves. You only need to draw one half as the pattern will be folded and cut later on. I used the following measurements:
Height – 8.5 cm
Half width – 10.5cm
Straight line across top – 6cm
Length from edge to start of nose curve – 1.5cm
Join these points with free-hand curves
Step 2. Once you are happy with the shape, fold the paper in half and cut out. You’ll be adding bias binding later so there is no need for a seam allowance.
Step 3. Cut out the fabric and felt. If you are using contrasting fabrics like I have here you will only need one piece of each.
Step 4. Securely pin all your pieces together, in the following order:
Fabric piece 1 – wrong side up
Fabric piece 2 – right side up
Step 5. Once securely pinned, sew all your pieces together – you want to stitch just under 5mm from the edge of the fabric.
Step 6. Liberty does a fantastic range of printed bias binding so if you want to skip a step you can buy pre-made. If not this is my cheat’s way of creating quick bias binding for small projects like this.
Take the selvedge edge of your fabric and fold at a ninety-degree angle into the centre of your fabric. Press the fold and cut. On your new diagonal line fold over another 4cm and press and cut again. Fold and press 5mm on either edge of your bias binding.
Step 7. Pin your bias binding into place over lapping the end pieces of fabric by 2cm
Step 8. Sew into place with a 5mm seam allowance
Step 9. Turn the bias binding over onto the other side of your mask, the pressed edge should naturally fold over on itself. Pin and sew into place. I found it best to sew on the front side of your fabric in between the seam of the fabric and bias binding to hide the stitches. Once done give your mask a good press.
Step 10. Cut a length of fabric 65cm long and 4cm wide, this will be used to cover your elastic.
Step 11. Stitch a length of cord, longer than the length of your strip, at one end on the right side. This is a tip I have learnt along the way, it makes turning thin pieces of fabric in on themselves much easier.
Step 12. Fold the strip in half lengthways, right sides facing, and sew with a 5mm seam allowance.
Step 13. Push the end with the cord back on itself and carefully pull the cord to turn the fabric the right way round. Once done, cut off the excess cord and press.
Step 14. Thread the elastic through the channel using a safety pin. Add a couple of stitches either end of the channel to secure the elastic and fabric together.
Step 15. Hand stitch the elastic onto the mask about half way down the outside edge, making sure any raw edges are covered.
Step 16. Make some more!
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