MILLENNIAL LILAC EYE MASK
One fat quarter of lilac silk satin fabric 50 x 30cm (19¾ x 117/8") light wadding 34cm (13 38 / ") elastic, 1cm (3/8") wide Matching sewing thread Safety pin
01 Using the templates on page 82, cut two eye mask pieces and one strap from the silk fabric. From the wadding, cut two eye mask pieces. Mark the notches on the eye mask pattern piece onto the fabric by making 3mm (1/8") cuts.
02 Fold the fabric strap in half along the length with right sides (RS) together, pinning the long edge. Sew 1cm (3/8") in from the long raw edge, then turn the strap RS out using a knitting needle or similar.
03 Attach the safety pin to one end of the elastic and use this to thread it through the strap, pinning both ends of the elastic to the ends of the strap.
04 Making sure the elastic isn’t twisted inside the strap, sew both ends of the elastic in place 0.5cm (¼") in from the short raw edge.
05 Lay out one wadding piece and place a fabric eye mask piece on top, RS up. Pin the strap across the centre as shown, aligning the ends of the strap with the raw edge of the mask fabric and the snipped notches. Layer the second eye mask fabric piece on top, wrong side (WS) up, then add the remaining wadding piece on top. Align all the edges, then pin through all the layers.
06 Sew around the eye mask, 1cm (3/8") in from the edge, leaving a 10cm (4") gap along the top straight edge.
07 Snip triangular notches into the seam allowance, being careful not to cut through the stitching – this will help to remove any bulk.
08 Turn the eye mask RS out through the gap and push the seams outwards, creating its curved shape. Press on a cool heat, pressing the raw edges at the gap to the WS. Hand-stitch the gap closed to finish.