Today’s guest blogger is Allison Bowles, the patternmaker behind Artemis Clothing Co. and pajama-maker extraordinaire. We’re loving her tutorial for using the extra fabric from your Lucy Pajamas to create a cute eye mask!
I feel like you can never have too many pajama bottoms, so I was very excited to sew up my latest pattern – the Lucy Pajama Pants. I wanted something fresh and spring-like to remind me of warmer weather when it gets chilly, so I chose a beautiful floral print called Oriental Blooms by Scrummy. Spoonflower’s Kona® is a great apparel weight fabric that is super breathable and easy to wear, so choosing a fabric was easy for me.
The Lucy Pajamas are so comfy and perfect for lounging around the house, and I can also wear them on errands when my fur baby needs an emergency snack!
I realized after I was done with the pajamas that I had leftover fabric that was just begging to become a second project. I thought that an eye mask would be the perfect matching sleep accessory to my Lucy pajamas. It was super easy and quick to sew and it makes a great sleep set!
Here is how I made my eye mask and what you’ll need:
- Scrap fabric from your Lucy pajamas
- Satin lining (I chose a dark color to block as much light as possible)
- 21” piece of piping
- ¼” thick elastic cut to whatever length you need to wrap comfortably around your head (mine was 15” long)
- Eye mask pattern (like this free one from BurdaStyle.com)
Start by cutting one eye mask piece from your scrap fabric and one eye mask piece from the satin fabric. The patterned piece will face the outside and the satin will be the part of the mask that touches your face. That’s why I chose Satin as the backing; it’s super gentle on my skin, but Spoonflower’s Fleece or Minky would probably also be just as comfortable.
Next, using a zipper presser foot, sew the piping around the perimeter of the printed eye mask piece so that the raw edge of the piping lines up with the edge of the fabric. The zipper foot should press right up against the round part of the piping.
After you have stitched the piping all the way around the perimeter of the mask, snip the edge of the piping (NOT the actual eye mask fabric) up to, but not through, the stitch line. This will help the piping bend around the curves of the mask and lie flat. Attach the elastic to the patterned piece on each side of the mask, making sure the edge of the elastic lines up with the edge of the mask.
Now it’s time to sew the two eye mask pieces together. Place the two eye mask pieces together face to face so that the shiny side of the satin faces the printed side of the patterned piece. The piping and the elastic should be sandwiched between the two pieces. Pin the pieces in place along the edge.
Using the zipper foot again, push the foot right up against the piping that is in between the fabric and stitch around the mask. Leave an unstitched gap at the top of the piece so that the mask can be turned right side out. Clip the seam allowance up to, but not through, the stitch line.
When you turn the mask right side out you should see the piping along the edge of the mask and the elastic should be secured in the seam you just made. Press the mask so that it lies flat. There will be a large hole at the top of the mask that you will need to close up. The satin fabric at the hole should be pressed so that the seam allowance is folded to the inside of the mask.
I’ve got a little trick to close up that hole so that the stitch line isn’t visible on the front of the mask. Make sure the folded edge of the satin back is overlapping the piping just a little bit. Now we want to topstitch the hole shut from the front of the mask so that the stitch catches the folded satin edge on the back.
If you stitch right against the edge of the patterned fabric on the piping, then the stitch should be undetectable from the front. It’s a little tricky (you can see below where I missed a little bit) so if you have trouble, feel free to topstitch directly on the patterned fabric instead of the piping so that you can catch more of the satin edge on the back.
Voila! Now you have a sleeping eye mask to match your Lucy Pajamas! Now go make a pair of your own and Sweet Dreams!
Allison Bowles is a graduate of North Carolina State University College of Textiles, where she is currently finishing up her Master’s degree studying zero waste garment design. She founded Artemis Clothing Co. in 2014 after working in the textile industry for several years and realizing that she wanted to focus on locally made sustainable clothing.