I love that feeling that you get when you take an idea that’s been floating around in your head and turn it into a physical object. Taking a bit of this, a bit of that, using the tools that are at your fingertips and turning it into magic. To me, that’s what being a maker is all about– taking that idea and bringing it to life.
I’ve had the idea of making a bunny sleep mask for quite awhile. If I’m being honest, I’ve had the idea since before Easter and it’s taken me this long to get to it. More than not having the time, I also felt like I didn’t have the tools to make it. I couldn’t figure out how I was going to make a sleep mask pattern and share it with all of you. A sleep mask is a pretty specific shape and I didn’t know how I was going to create a pattern that you would be able to access and use.
Enter, the Cricut Maker. I know that I’ve been talking about this amazing machine quite a bit lately, but I just don’t feel like I will ever be able to get across what a game changer it is for those who love to sew. Yes the Cricut Maker is amazing for all crafters, and when the Cricut Maker deep cut knife blade attachment becomes available (any day now) the crafting game will be changed again, but in the sewing world this machine is just SO INCREDIBLE!!!
Before I start on the tutorial I thought I’d give you a bit of the “behind the scenes” on how I designed this pattern. Everything that I used to make it was found in Cricut Design Space. I’ve been having a lot of fun lately creating my own shapes using the slice and weld features.
Let’s start with the general sleep mask shape.
In Design Space I found the sleep mask design that is in the upper left hand corner.
I removed the top, light blue layer leaving just the bottom dark blue sleep mask shape (top right hand image).
I didn’t need the holes in the mask since we are sewing this project, so I covered them with two circles that I found under the shapes tool (bottom left hand image).
Next I selected the two circles and the sleep mask and clicked weld so it all became one cut (bottom right hand image).
I did something similar for the eyes and ears, but I used the slice tool in addition to the weld.
First I grabbed two circles under the shapes toolbar. I made one of the circles slightly smaller and centered it on top of the bigger circle (top image left).
Next I clicked the slice button, removed all the pieces I didn’t need and was left with a big O (top middle image).
I wanted the look of a closed eyelid so I grabbed a square from the shapes toolbar, unlocked it and turned it into a rectangle, laid it where I wanted the image to be cut and clicked slice (top image right).
I was left with a U shape (bottom image left), which I then added little rectangles to and welded to make eyelashes.
I did something very similar with the ears of the rabbit. I grabbed a circle and a heart from the shapes toolbar. I unlocked each shape so that I could stretch them out. I flipped the heart upside down, stretched the circle into an oval and laid them overlapping one another (bottom image center).
Then I clicked weld to make the two shapes into one (bottom image right).
Of course, you don’t need to do any of this for this project, I’ve done all the work for you, but I thought I’d share the process in case it helps with your next design project!
One last note before I share my 30 Minute Bunny Sleep Mask Sewing Tutorial. If you have a Cricut Explore or Cricut Explore Air 2 you can still make this project. Simply cut the designs out onto paper or cardstock and use them to trace the designs onto fabric which you can then cut by hand.
Ready to get started? Read on for my 30 Minute Bunny Sleep Mask Sewing Tutorial.
30 Minute Bunny Sleep Mask Sewing Tutorial
The materials you need for this project are:
- My Bunny Sleep Mask Cut File (Find it here)
- Cricut Maker or Cricut Explore (if using the Explore cut paper or cardstock to use as your pattern and then trace onto fabric)
- Iron on Vinyl (I used black and gold glitter iron on for this project)
- 10 inch X 12 inch piece of fabric for the front of your mask (I used quilting cotton)
- 10 inch X 12 inch piece of fabric for the back of your mask (I used fleece)
- 4 inch X 5 inch piece of felt for the center of your ears (I used pink felt)
- 12 inch piece of black elastic (like this)
- Cricut Fabric Grip Adhesive Cutting Mat
- Regular Grip Cutting Mat
- Sewing Machine (this is the one I have)
- Thread in coordinating colors
- Fabric Scissors, pins and pin cushion (You’ll love this sewing kit from Cricut that has all the tools you need to start sewing)
- Iron or Cricut Easy Press
Step 1: Open the Bunny Sleep Mask Cut File and cut all of your pieces. Do this by clicking “Make It” in the top right hand corner of your screen.
You’ll then click “Continue” in the bottom right hand corner of your screen.
Next select your Cricut Maker machine from the drop down menu which will bring up a screen for you to select your material. If you don’t see your material listed click the “View All” button and chose your material from the list (you can also search for the name of the material). For your bunny face select glitter iron on (or whichever iron on you are using.)
You will want to change your material for each screen that you are cutting– Iron on, cotton, fleece and felt.
When cutting your fabric Cricut suggests that you place it on your mat with the printed side facing down.
Step 2: After you have cut all your pieces, position the eyes, nose and mouth on the front of the sleep mask and press following the instructions on the packaging.
You can’t tell, but the sleep mask and iron on vinyl is being pressed under the Cricut Easy Press. I LOVE how easy this machine makes it to attach iron on! 60 seconds and you are done! It’s amazing.
Step 3: Pin the felt ear centers to the pieces of fabric that will be the front of your ears.
Sew around the ear centers leaving a 1/8 inch seam allowance.
Step 4: Pin the front and the back pieces of the ears to each other. The printed side of your fabric should be sandwiched in the middle.
Step 5: Sew around each ear, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave a 1 inch gap at the bottom of each ear where you don’t sew so that you can flip the ears right side out.
Step 6: Flip the ears the right side out making sure to press out the tip of the ears and all the edges. Use your iron to press the ears.
Step 7: Position the ears where you would like them. Flip the ears forward so that the front of the ears are facing the front of the face and the bottom edges of the ears are slightly overhanging the top edge of the sleep mask. Pin into place.
Step 8: Pin your elastic onto the back fleece part of the sleep mask. Let the elastic overhang the edge of the mask by 1/2 inch on each side.
Step 9: Make a “sleep mask sandwich”. The side of the fleece with the elastic pinned to it should be facing up. On top of that lay the front of your face mask with eyes and nose facing down. You will want to fold up and possibly even pin your ears inside the face mask so that they don’t get in the way of your stitches when you are stitching around the mask. Pin everything together.
Step 10: Sew all the way around the outside of your sleep mask using a 1/2 inch seam allowance and making sure to leave a 1 inch or bigger gap to flip your mask right side out.
Step 11: Remove the pins and flip your sleep mask right side out. Pay special attention to push all the edges out. Tuck the exposed fabric where you didn’t sew into the inside of the face mask. Use your iron to gently press the sleep mask flat.
Step 12: Sew around the outside of your sleep mask using a 1/8 inch seam allowance. This will close your sleep mask and give it a nice finished look. Viola! You are done! You have an adorable sleep mask which would make a great handmade gift!
How fun would these be for sleepover party favors?
Can’t you just see a gaggle of girls, sleeping (or not sleeping) with them on?
So there you have it friends, one more reason why you need the Cricut Maker in your life!
Tell me… What would be the first thing you would make if you had a Cricut Maker?
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