I recently signed up to do a craft fair for the first time. It's all a bit of an experiment to be honest but it has got me thinking of new things that I can make that people would enjoy owning or giving as gifts. This morning I made an eye mask which was surprisingly simple, reasonably quick and gives a good professional finish which is always very satisfying.
To do this project you will need:
- Fabric in the pattern of your choice
- A sheet of thin foam ( I used craft foam for kids)
- A backing fabric
- Paper for the stencil, pencil and scissors
- Bias binding
- The usual needle and thread :)
Now take your bias binding and elastic. You need to mark with a pin where you want your elastic to sit on either side of the mask. It needs to be placed at an equal distance on both sides from the top and the bottom to ensure you don't end up with a wonky mask.
Begin to fold the bias binding round the edge of the mask and pin in place. As you reach the points for your elastic insert the elastic into the fold at the back of the mask. The elastic should just lie flat against the mask.
Now you need to choose a thread that matches the bias binding or choose an appropriate contrast. You now need to sew round the edge of the bias binding adjusting as you go to avoid any creases. At this point it is worth going slow and steady and staying close to the edge of the binding. This line of stitching will show and makes part of the finished product so it is important the stitching is neat and steady.
Now trim any loose threads and there you have it - a perfect gift for yourself or someone else! Enjoy and don't forget to send me pics of your progress - you can tweet me @jenniwessels