Thrifty Thursday/We Could All Use a Better Night’s Rest

August 4, 2016   /   byRhonda Buss  / Categories :  Feeds
Earlier this week, I shared with you that my husband and I hosted a student this past week. One of her priorities was to learn how to sew. Now all of us who have been sewing for quite some time, or even, not so long, we all know that truly learning to sew isn't mastered in a day. My objective was for her to walk away with a couple of projects that she would feel good about, and the confidence that sewing is something she can do.

Well, as it turns out, she is a girl after my own heart. I am devoted to wearing a sleep mask at night. It's amazing how the total darkness allows me to calm down and sleep soundly. As it turns out, she too enjoys wearing a sleep mask.

A few months ago, I noticed a free pattern for a sleep mask from It's pictured below.

I ended up making 3, basically used up a scrap that I had, but I also used a little of some linen that I ordered from I always like to have at least 1 spare for when the other needs to be washed.

I felt that the sleep mask would be a great first project. She enjoyed making the mask so much that she decided to make another as a gift for a friend.
When we went through my fabric scraps, she found the airplane fabric and was set on what she wanted to do. As it turns out, she too loves airplanes :) She got a kick out of positioning the airplane and helicopter over the eyes.

We had a little fun with the project and used a contrasting fabric for the band. Sadly, I didn't get a picture of the reverse side, but we lined the back of the sleep mask with a plaid flannel which will make the mask nice and soft against the face, especially for sleeping.

You may remember the bucket hats I made a few weeks ago. You can find the tutorial HERE as well as a link to the free pattern. 

She loved my hats and wanted to make 1 for herself...out of the same airplane fabric :) So cute!

Like mine, the hat is reversible and we used denim on the opposite side. This made a great second project. With the sleep mask, she learned how to sew around a curve. Attaching the crown to the side of the hat was a little challenging, but with the experience of the sleep mask, she quickly got the hang of it.

And finally, who doesn't need a sleep mask that will match their bucket hat?!!!

It's been quite some time since I've worked with an absolute beginner, but I had a blast. I really enjoyed her excitement over her accomplishments. 

In case you missed the link to the free sleep mask pattern, you can find it HERE

When I go to bed at night, I rub a little lavender oil on my temples and then slip on my mask. Within a short amount of time, I have slipped off to sleep. So if you have problems sleeping at night, I highly recommend a sleep mask. I can't sleep without mine :)  

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