DIY Sleeping Mask (HOLY SCRAP!) | Style Pile #19

This video is supported in part by Storyblocks. HELLO welcome back, and let’s just skip the intro, and get right into it! This is a 4-part mini-series-within-a-series, where I try and reuse a bunch of scrap fabrics from my “Style Pile”. Last episode we made a Fox Plushie all out of scrap fabrics and materials, and in THIS episode we’ll be trying to make an eye mask, AKA sleeping mask – so, let’s get started! Project number two! The second thing that I’m going to try and make out of scraps is a sleeping mask. I am one of those people who can’t stand ANY light at all when I’m trying to sleep, so I LIVE for good, comfortable eye masks. These are all the ones I already own. So I just hopped onto google, and I found a LOT of free patterns for eye masks Now it’s a pretty simple shape, so I recommend just downloading a free one from: Tilly And The Buttons, Craftsy or A Beautiful Mess. I’m going to use this free pattern from Tilly and the Buttons. When you’re printing it out, make sure to print it at 100% of the original image’s scale. And I like this pattern because it has this box you can measure once you’ve printed it to make sure it’s the right size. So I cut around the thick outer line to cut the pattern out, and what I’m going to need to make this mask is 3 bits of scrap fabric. 1. I’m going to need a nice cotton for the outside of the mask, And I chose this woven cotton, which was the same one that I used for the back of the plushie 2. I’m gonna need a nice, comfortable material for the back of the mask, like silk or t-shirt fabric, and because that part will be on my face, I used the rest of that white t-shirt that I also used in the plushie. And I made sure that the scraps were big enough to fit the pattern pieces on. All good! And 3. I will also need “batting” for the inside of the mask, which will make it comfier and also block out light when wearing it. I don’t have any brand new batting, but what I do have is a lot of old shoulder pads, that I’ve cut off the inside of vintage dresses and jackets. An old padded bra would also work as well. Okay, so moving on to cutting out the fabric… I placed the pattern piece down on top of the first piece of cotton, and through the magic of editing… *click* BAM! Here’s the front piece, cut out! I did the same for the back piece… *click* Haha, editing! Woo! In reality I pinned it to the fabric and cut around it with scissors… And the inside stuffing, the “batting” stuff, well it needs to be smaller than the other 2 pieces, because it’ll be popped inside. So I traced around the inside of the mask pattern, about 5/8ths of an inch (1.5cm) away from the edge like this, and I cut it smaller. And this will now become the pattern for the inside batting piece. OH I almost forgot – before I cut the pattern piece smaller – this pattern has these little marks on it called “notches”: basically, you cut little slits in your fabrics where each notch is, and it helps you line up your pieces later on. It’s not totally necessary for such a small sewing project, but notches are an important thing in larger clothing projects, so it does help you learn how to use them! ANYWAY back to the batting! I first placed these two old shoulder pads on top of the now modified, SMALLER pattern piece, trying to figure out how they could be placed so they’d cover it, and then I sewed them together like THIS. Once sewn together, I cut off that excess bit there, and then I placed the pattern on top and I cut around it to give myself this third piece. *click* SO recapping, I’ve now got the front, back, and inside pieces! Now, I decided to personalize this mask, as well, so I’m going to do that NOW before I do any sewing. So, Luci REALLY hates this “angry” eye mask that I have, but I love it, I love that it has eyes on the front of it when you’re sleeping. Anyway, to compromise, I want to make a mask that’s slightly less scary. So I headed over to my favourite, royalty free graphics website Storyblocks, and I found some sleepy eyes for my sleepy time mask – very thematic, yes. These ones are great, so I downloaded them, opened the file up on photoshop, and I got rid of some of the negative space between the eyes, because I’m going to be cutting them out individually anyway. And I did the same thing as last episode, adding extra around the edges, but not for seam allowance this time, just to give me a line to cut around. Then I printed them out onto transfer paper and ironed the to the fabric in the same way as I did from the fox plushie from last episode following the transfer paper’s instructions to iron them onto the front piece of the eye mask. And I accidentally forgot that the white parts of this transfer paper go transparent, but no problem, I filled the eyes back in with a white paint pen that I have. And there we go! So with the front, back and inside pieces DONE, now I can start constructing the eye mask. First, I measured some elastic from THIS part of my head, around the back, round to this part of my head. The elastic ends are probably like… an inch away from my eyes? With the front of the mask facing UP, I placed the elastic onto the mask like SO, making sure that the elastic wasn’t TWISTED, and I sewed it onto the right sides of the front piece like this. Then I grabbed the back piece, placed it on top of the front piece, right sides together with the notches matching up, with the elastic tucked away inside, and I sewed the pieces together like THIS, leaving a GAP up the top here. Then I turned the mask the right way around through this gap… and I used some scissors to push out the edges. Annnnd… we’re almost there! Lastly, I put the batting piece inside the mask, like this … and then I closed up the gap by folding the raw edges of the fabrics inwards like this, and then I hand-sewed the gap closed like THIS. And then I tried the eyemask on… and… I think I placed the eyeballs a little too spaced apart…[smacks lips] sooooo… whoops. It’s kind of just as freaky as the angry one. Well, I don’t think Luci is going to be a huge fan of this one either. Let’s ask him! But, the thing about this mask, eyes spaced too wide or not, is that it’s very, very, VERY comfortable, it’s more comfortable than any store-bought mask that I’ve ever gotten, so, whatever, I’m going to wear it to bed every night anyway. Sorry Giovanni. Okay so – here’s another one that I made that ISN’T totally creepy! But – shhhh… I haven’t told Luci about this one. And, can we all just please make it a thing that we don’t ever tell Luci about this one? I’ll just have to wear it when he’s not around. Because I’ve just been having WAY too much fun scaring him at night time when we go to bed. Make sure to share, like, and subscribe! So as I mentioned earlier in the video, Storyblocks is sponsoring this video! Storyblocks is a graphics services that provides high-quality photos, vectors, icons and more that are all royalty and copyright free, so you are free to use them in anything you want – I’ve been using them a LOT myself in my youtube videos! And they’re awesome if you have any graphic design component to your work! They have a 400,000-strong image library that you get access to when you sign up. Storyblocks also has a new Marketplace, where designers and artists license their images, and being a Storyblocks Member gives you 60% off all of these as well! Storyblocks is giving away a 7-day free day trial so you can try them out, obligation-free, for yourself! Just click on my promo link in the description box below – or go to – AND start downloading royalty-free images today! 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100 thoughts on “DIY Sleeping Mask (HOLY SCRAP!) | Style Pile #19

  1. Hey, Annika! It would be really awesome, if you get a chance, if you could show us how to add a scalloped top to a pair of jeans like on these ones Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful mind with us! Love from a Canadian Subscriber!

  2. Can you do this one? I saw this high waisted asymmetrical ruffle skirt on eBay, unbranded, for $7, with free shipping from China. It was on AliExpress for $9, but it sold out. It's so cheap that I was concerned that maybe it was made in a sweatshop, but it would make a good project for you.

  3. PLEASE MAKE A SPIRIT HOOD! they’re these amazing animal hoods that donate funds to animal charities but they are so expensive to buy , maybe you could try make one ?!?!

  4. omg im laughing so hard with the end product. im going to make mine with "eyes spaced out" to wear it on the plane and creep people out lol

  5. This video made me laugh so much! I was having such a bad day and all of my usual feel better techniques weren't working. But the sad bug eyes made me laugh so hard. So thank you for doing what you do! <3

  6. Haha! This cracked me up. I love making things like this with my scraps! Also a reminder to everyone reading that a great way of supporting channels you like is to watch the ads 🙂 I always watch ads for your channel. Thanks for your awesome work.

  7. Maybe you should make a thick quilt using scraps as the filling, that would probably use up almost all of the left over cloth!

  8. You enjoy this so much makes me want to try it .Do not forget to go watch our newest video all in the family singers doris hall. thanks for sharing and thumbs up to you MERRY CHRISTMAS.

  9. Love your tutorials. Some of us who like yo yos can use a large yo yo frame to make the pin cusion for the wrist. Thanks so much for your time and energy for these videos. i get so many new ideas from you and other ladies you have challenged.. Do take care.

  10. I saw your satin shorts video and I was like "aaah I want that eyemaaask" then I see this video with them on the thumbnail and I was like "AAAAAAAAAAAAH I CAN MAKE THEM". hue hue hue

  11. I used this tutorial and your tutorial on the wrist pin cushion to make some Christmas gifts this year and it was awesome! I didn’t end up with photos, but my husband loved the eye masks I made so much he wants one! I will tag you in the picture I make of his. Thank you for your awesome videos and keep up the good work!

  12. Always cut notches always use the tip of your scissors!!! If your hand slips or you have a spasm or anything like that while cutting notches the way you did, you'd have a big cut in the middle of your garment. Not worth it. Use just the tip.

  13. Hey, another way you could use up some scrap fabric is to make something patchwork like a dress or a skirt. Dunno if anyone has suggested this yet but just an idea 🙂

  14. After seeing this vid, I'm so going to make these for my next city hotel visit. First step is to have a stern talk to my printer.

  15. best sleeping mask i ever bought is a totoro one, hella cute, and what made it my fav was that it had a cooling pack inside. gift from god when my eyes were stinging or dry, and blessing when i had a headache/migraine, and i could stick into the fridge if i wanted it to be extra cold!

  16. This video is so cute,amazing and funny,I will definatly make a few,do u know a simple way to draw a template rarther than printing??🙂😄😜this was the first video of yours I have watched and I love your channel so much already

  17. This is so funny! My brother went to Spain recently and he didn't have time get an eye mask so I made a very rough one that fit him well, it didn't look as good and I didn't use a pattern and I stitched with my hands! I wish I had seen this.

  18. I made 2 of these with old tshirt material, turned out amazing! I didnt sew it tho i was lazy XD used hot glue

  19. Tip: if u don't wanna use a bra pad or a shoulder pad use a menstrual pad instead. It works just as a nice soft cushion. To get the sticky stuff off just keep sticking it to something until it wears off. U may laugh but if u have nothing else u might wanna try it.

  20. I think this would be similarly great with giant eyelash girly makeup eyes, because I imagine they’d be just about as horrifying to look at….though possibly slightly less so.

  21. If you print the pattern at 100% then print another copy at 90%, you will have the both copies without having to draw and cut on the pattern that you might want to keep for further use.

  22. what kind of transfer paper is that? the transfer paper i've seen stays white and I am looking for one that turns transparent

  23. I recently found out that YouTubers don't get paid from YouTube unless the viewers watch the ads. So now I'm watching the ads instead of skipping them! I love your videos.

  24. I made this sleeping mask last night! It was the first thing I ever sewed! I have been watching your videos for a while and finally worked up the courage to get on the machine. Can’t wait to try more of your stuff!

  25. I use sleep masks all the time. Found this tutorial super useful to DIY them myself!

  26. Use of the shoulderpads – BRILLIANT!! I just made one! Thanks for the easy tutorial and link to the blog post 😀

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