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Soothing Eye Mask tutorial and FREE PATTERN

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Are you looking for a last-minute gift to make for your valentine? Look no further than this easy eye mask! Our latest free pattern is perfect to make as a last minute gift for friends and lovers alike.

Filled with flax seed, our soothing eye mask can be heated in the microwave or chilled in the freezer for use in hot and cold therapy. Mix in dried lavender for added aromatherapy benefits!

SUPPLIES:

  • 1/8yd fashion fabric
  • 1/8yd lining fabric (recommend 100% cotton flannel or soft knit); can use the same fabric for lining and fashion choices
  • 1-1/4yds ribbon for strap (recommend 3/4” wide); can also use two different ribbons at 5/8yd each
  • 1/2yd elastic (recommend 1/4″ wide)
  • 1 cup (approximately) flax seed

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Download our free Soothing Eye Mask pattern. Print on letter sized paper.

2. Cut 1 each fashion and lining fabrics (if using same fabric, cut 2). Mark notches and lines.
2 cut pieces

3. If embellishing eye mask, do so now.
Inspired by Holly Golightly’s famous sleep mask and in anticipation of Valentine’s Day, for this tutorial we chose to decorate the fashion side of our mask. For our flirtatious design, we used black feathers for eyelashes and cut a simple heart out of red wool/rayon felt. We played around with layout; once finalized, we tacked the feathers down and then added the heart.
3b tack feathers

4. Make the head strap.
If using one kind of ribbon, cut into two 5/8yd lengths. Stack ribbons wrong sides together (if using two different widths of ribbon, center top ribbon over bottom ribbon) and pin in place.
4a stack and pin ribbons
Sew down one side of ribbon stack, at least 1/8” from edge. Repeat on other side.
4b sew ribbons together
Using a small safety pin, string elastic through casing.
4c string elastic
Adjust for head size and sew in place on edges (I had 2” overhang on either end and used a 1/8” seam allowance to hold in place).
4d two inches

5. Attach strap to fashion side of eye mask.
With right sides together, center the ribbon over marked line on eye mask front, aligning raw edges. Pin in place and sew using 1/8” seam allowance.
5 attach strap to front

6. Sew lining to eye mask front.
Lay eye mask lining over fashion piece and strap, right sides together. Pin in place. Sew together using a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving open between notches along top.
6a sew lining to face
If you prefer, reinforce seam along bottom between 1/8” and 1/4″ from edge.
Clip curves along bottom of eye mask.
6b clip curves

7. Press seams and turn right side out.
Through opening at top, fill eye mask with flax seed as much as you like. I made a funnel out of paper and tape.
7 fill with flax seed

8. Hand sew the top opening closed.
8 hand sew closed

Voila! Soothing eye mask – ready to use!
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Top eye mask: made with Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn-Dye linen/cotton, lined with 100% organic cotton flannel, wool/rayon felt heart, feather trim, and ribbon from the Nancy’s Ribbon Room. Lower eye mask: made from new Moda 100% cotton toweling in Vintage Floral print, lined with 100% organic cotton flannel, and vintage ribbons from the Ribbon Room.

Easy Gift Bag tutorial

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Now that the Super Bowl is over, we’re looking forward to the Academy Awards and the parties that go with it! Inspired by the idea of red carpet fashion and a beautiful bottle of wine, we have made up our Easy Gift Bag pattern in an elegant organza and gold ribbon, which we think would make a fabulous hostess gift for an Oscars party. Follow this tutorial to make one of your very own! SUPPLIES

  • Fabric, cut to 12.5″ wide x 20″ tall (for directional prints, ensure you cut fabric so the vertical measurement is 20″)
  • Ribbon, 7/8 yd

INSTRUCTIONS **We designed this bag to be serged, though it can easily be sewn on a standard sewing machine. If you don’t have a serger, we recommend pinking all edges before you start and sewing with a 1/4″ seam allowance. 1. To begin, pink one 12.5″ edge of fabric, trimming as little as possible. 1. pinked 12.5 edge 2. Fold ribbon in half. On one 20″ side of fabric, pin center of ribbon fold to fabric edge 9″ from pinked edge. 2. pin ribbon fold to raw edge 3. Fold fabric right sides together lengthwise, matching long edges. Pin in place, if you prefer. 3. fold in half lengthwise 4. With fabric folded, measure 4.5″ from pinked edges. 4a. measure 4.5 long edge Fold at this point. 4b. fold at 4.5 down Pin in place, if you like. 4c. pin if you like Serge long edge, catching all seam allowances and ribbon. Be sure to remove any pins as you surge! 4d. serge long edge 5. Flip top cuff right side out and refold with serged seam down the center of the bag. At the bottom of the bag, mark the following: measure in 1″ from each folded edge; this is point B. Measure in 1″ inch from B, mark as C. Original folded edge is A. Folding at B, invert folded edge A and match to C. 5. mark A B C 5. sketch crop Repeat on both sides. 5c. repeat both sides Serge across bottom edge. 5d. serge across bottom 6. Turn your bag right side out and admire the beautiful finished square seam along the bottom! 6. admire square seam bottom 7. Insert favorite bottle of wine and tie a bow. You’re all set to gift! Easy Gift Bag Enjoy!

Celebratory Bunting tutorial

It’s that fabulous time of year when we get to pull out all sorts of fun and traditional decorations! If you are looking to add something new to your holiday decor repertoire, look no further than this fun celebratory bunting! It’s a great use for fun seasonal prints or festive solids!

celebratory buntingFollow this pattern to make a fun and festive bunting to celebrate any occasion. Great for parties, showers, weddings, or simply for room décor!

 

This pattern will create a bunting with flags that are 9” tall x 9” wide; the flags will span a total length of approximately 48 feet.

 

SUPPLIES

  • ¼ yard cuts in 8 different 44” wide fabrics (no need to preshrink for this project!)
  • 18 yards of trim (ribbon, braid, tape, twine, or other sturdy string)
  • Thread (can match or contrast color of ribbon/braid/tape)

 

RECOMMENDED TOOLS

  • Rotary cutter (we use both a pinking blade and a straight blade)
  • Self healing cutting mat
  • Ruler for use with rotary cutter (ours is 6.5” x 24”)
  • Marking tool of some kind (we use Chaco-Liner)
  • Sewing machine with zigzag capability

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. To begin, iron all fabrics and stack together. Using a rotary cutter with straight blade, trim stack of fabric so long edges are aligned and all fabrics are 9” tall.

trim fabrics to 9 in

  1. Using your ruler and marking tool make a mark approximately 1” from the selvedge on bottom edge, then measure and mark 4.5” on the opposite edge. From this second mark, measure and mark 4.5” on the bottom edge. Continue all the way across the fabric width.

mark opposite edge every 4.5 in

  1. Take your ruler and set on first mark made. Angle ruler so it meets the second mark on opposite edge. Using your rotary cutter with the pinking blade, make a cut from first to second mark following ruler’s edge. Reposition ruler from second to third mark and cut. Repeat across the fabric width. You will end up with 8 triangles per fabric for a total of 64 flags.cut from first to second markflags cut out

**Note that if you use a directional print that you want to be correct side up, you will have only 4 triangles that are the correct direction.

 

  1. Take one stack of cut flags and determine flag order, including repeat. If you want your bunting to have a random effect, you will need to dismantle all the flag stacks as cut and reassemble. When happy with the order of your flags, place in one big stack.

determine layout

  1. It is time to assemble your bunting! In addition to having your flag stack at hand, you will need your trim available and easy to unwind. Begin by measuring one yard into the trim (there is a 36” tie allowance on both ends of bunting for ease of hanging), then lay the first flag on trim (right sides facing same direction), aligning straight cut edge to length of ribbon. Using a zigzag stitch no wider than your trim (our trim is ¼” wide), sew flag to trim. When you reach the end of your first flag, add the next flag and continue to sew, adding another flag when ready, until you have sewn the entire stack.

sewing flagssewing zigzag stitchCONGRATULATIONS! Your bunting is complete! Hang it up and enjoy!

completed celebratory buntingSPECIAL BONUS:

With the fabric that is left over from cutting your flags, you can create a mini bunting! We used our fabric scrap to create flags that are 4” tall and 4” wide and sewed to two yards of the same braid (18” allowance for tying).

mini bunting cutmini buntingThis pattern can be followed exactly OR you can use it only as a guideline. Let your imagination run wild: change the basic shape for your flags, include more than one shape, or use shapes of different sizes! The possibilities are limitless! Here are some other fun ideas:

alternate shapes