Hand painted eye masks

Happy Easter !!! Hope you are having a well deserved break and enjoy yourselves!

I started my Easter weekend hand painting  some eye masks for my partner which I had promised to do a while back, but as always am too selfish as I would rather make something for myself. With having a long weekend off from work I thought I should have enough time to do both.

This is not a first time that I am sewing eye mask and I can honestly say that it is a quick and easy make that can be customized in so many different ways. Every time I make one I try to decorate it using different and new to me techniques to see what I like better.

This time I decided to hand paint each eye mask with a different set of eyes of some manga/anime characters that my partner is a big fan of.  I will not bore you too much about the details, but in case if you are interested and want to know where the inspiration is from I will mention it at the end.

Step by step tutorial

I had drafted this pattern based on my partner’s feedback. He likes to have a bigger eye mask then typically can be found in a shop. You can draft it yourself or use a ready pattern if you already have one.

This is a small project, hence it is best to use any fabric scraps that you may have in your stash which are otherwise too small for anything else.

I found enough white and brown cotton fabric in my scrap basket so I can make 3 eye masks. Natural fiber materials such as cotton are the best for dyeing and hand painting. But if you are going to skip this step then any fabric should be fine.

You need to cut two pattern pieces, one that will be a front-visible side, and one that will be a back- lining. I would  make sure to pick the softest fabric as a lining because it gets in contact with your face and you want it to be comfortable.


I like to drew my picture straight on the pattern to give me an idea of how the completed version will look like.


Using carbon paper transfer desired design onto a facing fabric if like me you are bad at drawing and color it with a fabric pen or a paint. I like to use Dylon fabric paint because it is durable, does not fade and is available in many colors.



When your paint is dry you can begin sewing your eye mask.

I like to make my eye mask nice, soft and squashy so will add a piece of batting to the mix.


Sandwich the batting between the two layers of fabric and pin in place to reduce fabric shifting.


Baste throughout all layers around the edges within your seam allowance.


Attach elastic or a ribbon at the sides on the back.


Starting at a side stitch a bias tape all around the mask on top of the creased line. Tip: fold the beginning of the tape inside to stop it from shedding with time and finish stitching on top of it for a clean finish.


Fold over the bias tape to the other side and baste it in place. Trim seam allowance in case if you see the first stitching line.


Top-stitch or hand stitch the tape in place. Give it a last final press and you are done!





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Ryuk from Death Note






Naruto Uzumaki doing a hand sign while there is a scroll in his mouth.
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Brook from One Piece

10 Sewing projects that will bust my growing fabric scraps collection

After years of sewing I managed to accumulate not only a small fabric stash, but equally small (big) fabric scraps stash that needs to be take care of fast! I do not like to get rid of any leftover pieces as I never know when will I need them….but let’s be honest here….I do forget about it as soon as I finish my latest make. There are so many small projects that I really want to sew at the same time use some of the chunks of material reducing their amount substantially and making space for some more…..just kidding….maybe 😉

For a while now I want to make a full size quilt, but it seams like a giant project, that I simply do not have time for. But the longer I think about it,  the more I want it!!! I see so many beautiful quilt patterns and most of them are made of small pieces that would be ideal to bust that scrap stash, so I had decided to finally pick up one design ( for beginner quilter) and simply start cutting the pieces and slowly make my first quilt. I had to convince myself that it is OK to do it in stages instead from start to finish allowing me to make other projects in between. Great idea Monika!!!

Photo: http://www.quiltylove.com/expanding-stars-quilt-pattern-kona-solids-one/

To start my quilting journey it could be easier to make a smaller version first and make a set of pillowcases.

Photo: http://www.sameliasmum.com

Sewing machine cover is another sewing project I have on my to do list. One of the reasons I want to make it is to simply protect my sewing machine and serger, but other also I think it just looks so lovely and would make my sewing corner even more colourful.

Photo: http://www.iseestarsquilting.com/diy-sewing-machine-cover/


My laptop also needs a cover sleeve. Why spend money in the shop on a boring case if I can make it exactly as I want it to be? Right?

Cute Laptop Case
Photo: http://www.crazylittleprojects.com/laptop-bag-pattern/

What about a camera bag? yes,yes,yes….. I can see how my leftover bundle is getting smaller and smaller….

Photo: http://www.sewserendipity.com/media-frenzy-pdf-booklet/?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Pinterest

The next scrap busting project is very small but is selfless one! Eye-mask for my partner that I make it on a regular basis and have fun by making it look different each time. I might do some embroidery on the next one too.

Photo: http://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/tilly-buttons-2258948/how-to-make-an-eye-mask-free-pattern-4457030847


Oven gloves that are shaped like hearts…what??? That is so cute! Great for any home cook!


Tutorial: Heart shaped oven mitt
Photo: http://www.sewing.craftgossip.com

Quilted tote can be used not only as a  shopping bag, but a storage for a bits and bobs or simply as a piece of decor to brighten the room.

Cute Purple Quilted Tote / Handbag by LaceyAccents on Etsy by darlene
Photo: https://indulgy.com

I am a bit old fashioned and still love to hold and read a book. Don’t get me wrong audio books are great (specially on a busy London Underground ) but there is something special and tangible in holding a book. Most of the time I use a photo or piece of paper to mark the page I am currently on , but why not transform the smallest snippets of fabric into a beautiful bookmark?! This is such an easy and begginer friendly project. Also could be good to use some of my ribbons that I do not know what to do with.


bookmarks scrap fabric
Photo: http://www.thecraftymummy.com/2012/10/fabric-scrap-bookmarks/

And last, but certainly not least a  pouch. It’s small and cute and I can play with designs and colours on smaller scale. I think this is the best project to get me started busting my scrap stash and learning quilting.

Photo: http://www.free-tutorial.net/2017/09/patchwork-zipper-pouch-tutorial.html

~do you have any fun ideas to use all your fabric leftovers?

Monika xxx