Silk Eye Masks

Last year I made a top using silk. The fabric was I think the most expensive fabric I had ever brought. I had a small amount of fabric leftover from cutting out the top pieces so I hung on to it to make eye masks for my charity bags. I didn’t get them done in time for last years bags so I will include them in this years bags.

There are plenty of free patterns available online to make them but I used one I found in a book. Eye masks are almost like mini quilts as you have a top and bottom fabric with quilt batting or something to that effect sandwiched in the middle of the 2 outer layers and binding around the edge. You attach elastic to the back before applying the binding. You can use any fabrics you like but for the back which sits against the face it is best to have a softer fabric. I had enough silk leftover to do both sides in the silk. I also had leftover bias binding so I was able to use that up too.

When making these I first did a narrow line of stitching all around the edge to hold the mask sandwich together before attaching the elastic and binding. Doing this stopped all the layers shifting about as the binding was attached. For the binding I folded it in half with raw edges together and stitched it on the back aligning the raw edges to the raw edges of the mask sandwich with elastic in between. To finish off I folded the binding to the front and hand stitched it down. My binding isn’t the neatest as the fabric was very slippery but I used a lot of clips to hold it in place initially then removed a clip and held it down with my fingers as I slowly slip stitched around. The hand stitching was a great in front of the tv sewing task.

I used up all my silk leftovers on these so they were a great fabric scrap stash buster and a little luxury edition to my charity bags. Upon hearing that I was making these a friend gave me some silk from her stash so I will be able to make these again next year.


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