Eye Mask for Nights at the Museum

In our work at the Nature Museum we sometimes end up spending the night at the museum for overnight events. The events are exhausting and a lot of fun, but not a good nights sleep. On my first overnight I went in prepared with an eye mask to block the safety lights that have to remain on all night and ear plugs to block out the sound of hundreds of people shuffling and snoring in their sleep and the clumping steps of the security guard doing his rounds. I was shocked to find that some of my coworkers were less prepared (ie. no eye mask or ear plugs.) As a huge proponent of a good nights sleep and the owner of a new sewing machine, I decided to try and make an eye mask for my coworker who does the most overnights.

Since Pinterest is an amazing place for crafting projects I started my search for an eye mask tutorial there. I found a number of them and ended up using this one and this one in a choose your own adventure sort of way. I picked the pieces I liked from each and went for it. I started with a trip to JoAnn’s where I picked up some zebra flannel for the front of the mask, a silky black for the part on the eye, some red bias tape and white lacy elastic. I thought the red would really pop against the black and white zebra. I went with the flannel because I wanted it to be cozy and soft.

Once I had all the supplies I traced my trusty eye mask to make a pattern and then cut one piece of zebra and two pieces of the black. I decided to double up the black material because I wanted it to completely block the light. I then sewed them together following Teresa Down Under’s directions minus the embroidered part.  I have not used bias tape since my middle school sewing days, so  I struggled a bit with the narrow bias tape I bought, but all in all am very happy with how it turned out. My coworker  is looking forward to using it at the next overnight.

Have any of you ever made an eye mask? Or do you have tips for how to handle narrow bias tape? I would love to hear about it in the comments.