Welcome back to GoblinGal’s Crafty Corner! Last month was my crafting column debut with my Eye of Sauron Hairsticks. This month I’m back, and we’re going to be sewing, so pull out that old sewing machine or needle and thread! Is that persistent summer sun creeping in your window and stopping you from getting your beauty rest? Need to relax? This month we are going to make a Moogle sleep mask. What’s more relaxing than a cute fuzzy Moogle?
Skill Level: Beginner
You will need:
- 1/8 Yard (or 7″x8″ scrap) of cream colored fleece
- 1/8 yard black fabric of your choice (backing/blackout)
- Tiny square of red fleece or felt for nose.
- Black fabric paint/marker or embroidery floss (for eyes)
- 1 black pipe cleaner
- A 1 inch red pom pom
- 1 package of elastic (softer is better)
- Cream colored thread
- Red thread (or glue)
- Super glue/fabric glue
- Smaller pom pom for nose
Step One: Making the Pattern
First we make a pattern. Mine is actually just a tracing of a basic sleep mask we had laying around the house. If you have a sleeping mask to trace, you can do that, or use the one you see here. (Save the jpeg and blow it up to the proportions listed below.)
The pattern measurements are 7 ¾ long, two inches at the nose bridge (thinnest part) and 3” at the widest (outer edge). I gave myself ¼ inch seam allowance. I added rounded triangles for ears to the pattern, and placed them right near the top where the eye starts to curve down.
Step Two: Cutting the Fabric.
Our next step is to cut the fabric. Use the pattern to cut one cream piece and one black piece. The black is the back of the mask, and will also be serving as black out, which ensures light can’t get through the mask. The black material can be of any type, though I highly suggest something that feels good against the skin (burlap would be a poor choice, for example). …
Step Three: Making the Moogle’s Face.
We are going to be making this piece by sewing the two sides together inside-out, and then turning the piece right-side out to finish it (this technique gives it a nice clean seam and pretty edge). What that all means, is that we need to apply all the decorations onto the fleece face first (eyes, nose etc).
I chose to use a flat nose because I liked the look better, but if you would like to use a smaller pom pom to match the Moogle’s antenna, you could also do that. (In that case you will finish the mask and glue it on last.) Glue the nose on, or attach it with a few stitches of red thread.
Now it’s time for the eyes! Again, you have a couple options. You could use a fabric paint, or a marker, or if you have some hand sewing skills, you could embroider them on. I chose to embroider them, (the picture above is before the embroidery). Notice, if you will, that a Moogle’s eyes start very close to the nose. They are simple enough shapes, but if you are me and can’t draw worth a darn, this can still be tricky. I suggest using tailor’s chalk or other non-permanent marker to get the placing right before you do anything…drastic.
Step Four: The Antenna and Elastic
Next cut the pipe cleaner down to 3.5 inches. Attach the large red pom pom to one end of the pipe cleaner with the glue and let it dry (patience sucks, I know). Since we are sewing everything inside out, the antenna will be attached by placing the pom pom down at the bottom of the mask, with the antenna going across the right side of the fabric. This may seem counter-intuitive, but when the mask gets turned right-side out, the tail end will get pulled to the inside of the mask, and the antenna will get revealed and turned up.
I then tacked the pipe cleaner in place, making sure to keep the stitches well within the 1/4 inch seam allowance boundary. Be careful when sewing near the pipe cleaner on a machine (which is not really meant to sew wire) you don’t want the needle to hit directly on the metal. You may wish to hand-tack to avoid complications.
The elastic is attached in a similar way. You will not need the whole package. To determine the proper amount, use your head! No really, use your head as a measuring device. Measure the distance from one temple, around the back of your head to the other temple and subtract about two inches from this measurement. This will be roughly enough elastic to hold the mask firmly on your head, but not so tight as to cause unwanted brain explosions. Adjust to personal preference. (Some people like brain explosions?)
Once your elastic is measured and cut, attach one end of the elastic to the front of the mask, with the end pointed inwards towards the face. Again, make sure it does not extend past that ¼ inch seam allowance. Tack on the elastic, then bring the remaining end over the front of the mask and attach it to the other side. Make sure the elastic doesn’t twist as you bring the other end around.
Step Five: Pinning and Sewing the Two Sides Together
Now it’s time to sew the two sides together. Place the right sides of the fabric together and begin to pin. You will want to make sure the elastic and antenna are tucked inwards towards the center, so they don’t get accidentally sewn into any of the outside seams. You may pin them down to keep them in place (on the front decorated side only, so you can retrieve the pins when finished). When you pin the two sides together at the perimeter, use a lot of pins and go slow. The added volume of the pom pom will make it a little trickier to get things to line up. When you get to the bottom of one of the eyes, leave a one and a half to two inch opening along the bottom. This will not get sewn yet and will serve as the point from which you turn the piece right side out.
Sew your perimeter (excepting your 2 inch gap). Now comes the fun part. Turn your piece right-side out, just like you would an inside-out sock. Put you fingers inside and push out the ears and any stubborn parts. Now check where your antenna and elastic emerge from the mask. It should look like it is cleanly coming out from between the two pieces. If you can see the end of the elastic sticking out on the front face, or any parts don’t look clean, simply turn it back inside-out, seam a little further into your seam allowance, and try again.
You’re almost ready for your nap! All that’s left is that pesky hole you left.
Step Six: Stitching up the Hole
Now that you are all right-side out, you will need to finish the piece with a seam that matches the rest of the mask. I use the “invisible stitch” also known as a blind stitch or ladder stitch. Good news, hand sewing enthusiasts, this part is done with good old needle and thread.
Stitch up you moogle and apply to your face! You are done! Now go enjoy a nice summer snooze!
Thanks for crafting with me!