A little DIY in the summer time!
I love using a sleeping mask at night. Especially these days when every device, even if it's turned off, omits a small amount of light. When I use it, I have found I sleep better. In the past year, my daughter has had trouble sleeping. Through some investigating, I found it was probably due to, too much light in her room at night. I gave her this pretty satin sleeping mask I had purchased on Etsy and asked if she'd try it. TADA! It worked! It has become a routine at night, for which I am glad.
The other day, we were talking about her two 18" dolls. Lately she has enjoyed playing school and sleep over with them. They have pajamas, blankets, pillows and even slippers, but they don't have sleeping masks. So she asked me if I could make some masks for her dolls. I, of course, said YES! I love a project and this one would be the first one of summer. (I also love going to Hobby Lobby)
I first looked in my "bag of tricks" to see what I had. I found felt in various colors, I also found shiny iron-on letters. I always have needles and thread, but I wanted to sew as little as possible. I also know I have a hot glue gun and plenty of hot glue sticks.....a must in any household. I did not, however, have elastic for the back of the masks....so off we went to Hobby Lobby! I had to think hard to stay to my plan when we walked in......I'm like a kid in a candy store when I walk in there. Well, we found white and pink elastic. My girlie pick out the white one first, but I told her she would like the pink better....trust momma!
After we got home, I had to think of how to find the shape of the mask. Thank you Google! Did you know you can find a ton of clip art on Google? I typed in sleeping mask clip art, then I looked under the image column. There it was! I saved the clip art to my computer then I opened Microsoft Notebook and inserted it onto a new document page. I adjusted the size to what I estimated the doll size to be and printed the page. It was the perfect size! I then cut out the image and used it as a template. My girlie choose two colors of felt, purple and pink. She told me that those are her doll's favorite colors. I had two shades of purple and two shades of pink. I decided the lighter shades would be in the front. Now to get to it!
I traced the template onto the all four pieces of felt using a sewing "instant-marker". The "instant marker" will erase with water. I then cut out the shapes. My daughter decided she wanted the doll's names on the masks, so I cut the letters that make up their names and ironed them onto the light colored felt pieces. (allow to cool before removing the protective plastic) Next my girlie let me borrow one of her dolls to measure the elastic. I then sewed the elastic onto the darker felt pieces, making sure to place the elastic toward the back of the felt and not the front. After sewing on the elastic, I then carefully hot glued the top felt to the back felt, making sure to really cover the sewed elastic with hot glue and press closed. This part is always a little painful as I usually burn one of my fingers with the glue.....the price of crafting. Last, but not least, I trimmed the edges just a bit to make sure everything is even. Now....to try it on one of the dolls. It fits!!! They are so cute and my sweet girl is so happy, and as Hannibal Smith from the A-Team always says, "I love it when a plan comes together."
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.