Tutorial: Elegant Sleep Mask Gift Set

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It’s New Release Week here on the May Arts Ribbon Blog!   And that means all week long we are inspiring you to create with our awesome new ribbons. That also means you have two chances to win some of your own!    Our first giveaway is our Spring Release Giveaway, showing you all our upcoming releases.   And for another chance to win, you just have to comment on any post this week! 

Now, without further delay, here is another healthy dose of ribbony inspiration with Royal Ribbonista Charlene Driggs:


The beginning of the new year means exciting new ribbons in stock at May Arts!  

As soon as I saw the gorgeous Diamond Chain and the elegant Glitter Elastic (I see lots of sparkly headbands in my future!), I knew what I wanted to create.

I’m one of those people who can’t sleep unless all light is blocked out so I love sleep masks, especially when traveling.  Unfortunately, the ones you can buy tend to be a bit ho hum and very often the elastic is super uncomfortable.

May Arts Ribbon has solved that problem…beautifully!

Elegant Sleep Mask Gift Set 

It only took about an hour and a half to make this little beauty and if you’re a sewer, you can make this with less than a quarter yard of scrap fabrics you probably have in your stash.  All pieces need to be approximately 5” x 9”.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Pattern for your mask (there are lots of free patterns online some bigger, some smaller so you can choose what you like best.)
  • Fabric for the outside of your mask Satin for the inside of the mask
  • Lightweight poly batting
  • 22 inches of Bias Tape Piping
  • Sewing machine, thread, ruler, fabric marker, zipper foot, needle
  • May Arts Ribbon

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Print and cut out your chosen pattern.  Cut one each of the top fabrics, poly batting and satin lining.

Elegant Sleep Mask Gift Set 

I had some plain black piping in my stash but it wasn’t pretty enough to match my fabric so I covered it with May Arts Bias Cut Satin ribbon.   I just used a zipper foot to sew right against the seam of the piping then cut off the excess ribbon even with the edge of the piping.

 Elegant Sleep Mask Gift Set

Elegant Sleep Mask Gift Set

Pin the piping to the right side of the front fabric clipping around the corners so it will lie flat.  Stitch close to the edge of the piping.  I basically used the zipper foot for the entire construction of the mask.  Mark and pin the Glitter Elastic to the mask then baste stitch.

 Elegant Sleep Mask Gift Set

Prepare the mask for sewing by layering first, the batting, then the satin and finally the front fabric as shown.  You may want to pin the excess elastic to the center of the front to keep it out of the way.  Use lots of pins to keep the pieces in place.

 Elegant Sleep Mask Gift Set

Stitch around the edges according to your pattern’s measurements, leaving a two inch opening at the top edge for turning.

Trim the seams then turn the mask right side out.

Elegant Sleep Mask Gift Set

Press flat, if needed.  Hand stitch the opening closed.  It would have been fine just like this but I decided to “punch it up a notch” in the glamor department with May Arts Diamond Chain.

 Elegant Sleep Mask Gift Set

I hand stitched the Diamond Chain to the front using small stitches in the cording seam.

 Elegant Sleep Mask Gift Set

Elegant Sleep Mask Gift Set

I decided this one was gift worthy so I created a card to go with it.  See that gorgeous satin scroll ribbon on my card?  It’s self-adhesive!  LOVE!

 Elegant Sleep Mask Gift Set

I added a strip to the inside as well.

Elegant Sleep Mask Gift Set 

and to the envelope…I used the rest of my yard of Glitter Elastic to make a band for the clear box.  I just machine stitched the ends then stretched it over the box.

 Elegant Sleep Mask Gift Set

I think this would make an adorable wedding shower, Valentine or birthday gift. 

Thanks for joining us on the May Arts Blog!

By Charlene Driggs


 Don’t Forget!  There are 2 chances to win some new releases this week: here and on our sneak peek!



Partners in Craft Supplies Used:


Other Supplies (card and box)

  • Handmade flower
  • Pearl spray
  • Glue dots
  • Cardstock/designer paper




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