Valentine’s day is right around the corner, so for the next three weeks the weekly post will be dedicated to projects of the more “romantic” nature. Luckily, I have yards of pink satin which would be perfect for the occassion.
Project #3 -DIY His and Hers Satin Blind Fold Tutorial – Make Your Own Pattern!
This is a super easy project. You can complete it within an hour or two if you’re really slow. It is also a small project and therefore excellent for using up scraps.
For this project you’ll need some fabric – I used satin for the outside of the blind fold and cotton fabric for the lining. The choice of fabric is up to you, but I recommend using a breathable material for the lining cause that’s the part that comes in contact with your eyes and you would want it to be pleasant to the touch. You will also need some padding material. I used cotton batting, again for reasons of breathability. lastly, you will need some elastic band long enough to fit your head.
Step 1 – Pattern
This is an easy to make pattern. Sinceit is symmetrical, you only need to draw half of the shape and cut it on the fold. Begin with a straight line for the top and continue with rounde edges for the sides and bottom. You should make it slightly bigger than you’d like the final product to bein order to allow for seam allowences of about 1cm.
Step 2 – Cutting the Fabric
Now that we have the pattern we need to cut the fabric. We need to cut one pattern piece of satin (or the fabric used for the outside) and one piece of the lining fabric. The pieces are cut on the fold. Then we need to cut some padding. For this I had to cut two pieces of cotton batting and attach them in the middle cause I didn’t have a big enough piece of cotton batting to be able to cut on the fold. I used a zigzag stitch.
The padding piece should be slightly smaller than the other pieces. This makes it easier to sew. I just trimmed about a centimeter from the bottom edge.
We also need to cut some elastic band to keep the blind fold in place. To know the length to cut you need to place one of the pattern pieces on your face and see where it reaches the sides of your face. Then take the elastic band and stretch it comfortably tight to wrap the back of your head from one side of your face to the other.
Step 3 – Assemble
First, we need to baste the padding to the wrong side of the lining right at the edge so it wouldn’t be visible on the outside once we attach the lining and the outer fabric.
Now we attch the elastic band to the lining. I used a serger for that, but a zigzag stitch would be just fine.
Now we attach the outer fabric to the lining right sides facing. Two things to remember – 1)The elastic band should be inside (on the right side of the fabric) and away from the edges while sewing (to avoid getting it caught in the stitches) and 2) leave a small opening to turn it over so that the right side of the fabric will be on the outside, This opening should be hand stitched at the end of the process.
I made one in black and one in pink – his and hers, respectively. You can use it for sleep or all kinds of naughty games 😉
P.S. If you use interesting lining fabric, you can also turn it over and wear it with the lining fabric outside. The possibiities are endless, Well it’s basically just these two but whatever…