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Attempting Aloha: FREE Kids' Sleep Mask Pattern and Build-A-Bear / Doll Sleep Mask Pattern

Sunday, December 18, 2011

FREE Kids' Sleep Mask Pattern and Build-A-Bear / Doll Sleep Mask Pattern


This week is CRAZY for me (as I'm sure it is for all you Christmas crafters who play Santa's elves this week). So this tutorial isn't going to be as detailed as most of my others, but I wanted to get it up in case someone was looking for a last-minute girly gift and already has some sewing skills. :)

I'll just post a couple pics of the item and the pattern and a few simple steps today. If you'd like a full tutorial for it, let me know, and I'll get one up after the holidays if you'd like.

My 5-year-old specifically asked for a sleeping mask for Christmas (yes...she's my "fussy" child). And if you've been following me at all, you know I'm not one to leave a simple project simple, right? I had to take it a step further by making a matching one for her favorite Build-A-Bear doll. Awwww.

I used a basic quilter's cotton for the fronts and minky for the backs of mine. On this one below, I made a casing to go over the elastic band of the kid one for my daughter, but when I tried it on, I felt like the plain elastic was actually more comfortable to sleep on, so I recommend just leaving the elastic as it is. Plus that took this project from a 20-minute project to a 5-minute project! The hardest part for me was choosing which of my fabric scraps to use!!

You might need to adjust for your child's head, but I used 12" for the kid size. I made a Skippyjon Jones mask for my 7-year old, and that's the length I used for that one, and it fits both her and my 5-year-old just fine.

I did a 1/4" seam allowance for the kid and 1/2" for the doll. You could also just cut on the dotted line for the doll pattern and use 1/4" allowance, but I was too lazy to print another pattern and wanted to keep this one in tact.

The doll elastic will also need to be measured. My girls love Build-A-Bears more than any of their dolls. This one needed a 7" elastic, but my other daughter has a Hello Kitty, and her head is GINORMOUS! So sneak a tape measure into the toy room when your kids aren't watching. ;)

I wish I had a pic of it on my daughter, so you could really get a feel for how small and cute these are, but alas, it will have to wait a week. When you're done sewing you'll be like, "OHHH...it's so CUTE and WIDDLE". ;)

TIP: Even if it just shows "processing" on your screen (and you might not see the downward-pointing arrow to download), you should still be able to right click on the square and select "download".

This is a free download, but it takes me time to make these and upload everything and write my posts. I'd love it if you'd share the aloha by leaving me a comment or becoming a follower of my blog!  Mahalo!  :)




At December 19, 2011 at 1:11 PM , Blogger The Bender Family said...

So... New to your blog. 3 words for you: I. LOVE. IT! So excited for the handmade gift ideas! I have 2 boys and a baby girl... Can't wait to get started!

At December 19, 2011 at 7:08 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At December 21, 2011 at 8:13 AM , Blogger Wendy said...

Ah, these really are sweet! Looks like a simpler way to do it that the version I made too

At December 21, 2011 at 7:26 PM , Blogger Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

That is such a sweet idea! I love the fabric you chose. You daughter is so lucky! Angie xo

At December 23, 2011 at 5:38 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

So very cute! My 9 yr. old loves sleep masks. I can't wait to make these for her. Thanks so much for sharing!

Jaymie @ http://dancesdishesanddreams.blogspot.com

At December 26, 2011 at 6:57 PM , Blogger Steph said...

So cute! Wish I had these as a kid!

At January 28, 2012 at 3:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks cute but easy ... just what I am looking for for my daughter's 10th spa sleepover birthday party. Thanks for the idea!

At October 19, 2012 at 1:24 PM , Anonymous Cheryl said...

I've been thinking about making sleep masks. Thanks for the inspiration.

At October 25, 2012 at 2:59 PM , Blogger Barbara Martin said...

I've been wanting to make sleep masks and just didn't know where to start. You make it easy. Thanks!

At November 4, 2012 at 10:15 AM , Blogger Shay said...

I made my husband a sleep mask for his birthday but now my daughter wants one and I was too lazy to come up with a smaller pattern. You my dear are a life saver! Thanks!!

At December 5, 2012 at 1:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love this idea for my granddaughter, however, I can not find where to download the pattern

At May 17, 2013 at 6:48 AM , Blogger Sarah said...

I really love this and promised I would make my 5 year old one before her tonsillectomy, but I can't find the link to the printable. Can you guide me to it? I would love to make one for her in the next couple of weeks.

At June 11, 2013 at 11:43 AM , Blogger Annie said...

I've been searching for the link too :(

At January 24, 2014 at 2:47 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

Hello !! You're so nice for sharing !! ... If my english isn't that bad, I just need to :
- leave a comment
- follow you (of course i'll do !!!)
- ... and you send me the explanations/tutorial ??

How lovely you are ! My lil 5-yrs-old princess will love it ! Today she's so ill ... 39.6°C fever ... :( ...

At January 24, 2014 at 2:48 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

my address (how tired i am LOL) : helene107(at)live(dot)com

At May 23, 2014 at 1:50 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

looking for the link?

At December 10, 2015 at 7:54 PM , Blogger DeeDee said...

How adorable is this.. just love it..


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