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Attempting Aloha: Dec 18, 2011

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!  :)