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Friday, April 15, 2011

Embroidered Sleep Mask

The sleep masks were pretty easy to construct, the most time being the hand embroidery work on the front of each. (I'm headed on an eighteen hour car trip with my family for a family wedding. I wanted to make sure I would be able to sleep comfortably, or as close as one can when in a car for that long. It's important to be prepared.)

Once again I used what I hand on hand, which happened to be some scrap from a t-shirt sleeve one of my brothers cut off (the black) and the velvet-like red (left from a big project, the scraps showing up again & again). (I love be thrifty and handy with a needle. What a great combination!)

I made my own pattern using just a piece of paper. I figured the size I wanted the sleep mask(s) to be, then added space to make sure to leave space to sew. I was making two, so I cut two black pieces and two red pieces of each. I used one red front with a black back, and one black front with a red back. It was important that I chose fabrics that were soft and would be comfortable against my face. (A front and back for each sleep mask.)

Keeping with the black and red theme I used a combination of black, white, & red embroidery floss to embroider the front of each mask. One has a Gothic-inspired butterfly design approximately over each eye and the other reads "Let Me Dream" in script bubble letters with a butterfly. (This isn't your grandmother's needlepoint.)

Pin right sides together. (Look, the backside!) Using my machine, I sewing the right sides together leaving a gap on each side where the elastic would go as well as to turn the right sides out. (This was about an inch or less on each side as marked with the pins to keep things even on both sides.)

Trim strings. Turn right sides out and iron.

I cut the elastic the right length and pinned inside the openings on either side. Using a zigzag stitch all the way around, securing the elastic as I did. Then I ironed it again. I'm ready to go.

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