Easy Sleep / Eye Mask Tutorial

For the past couple of nights I've had trouble sleeping. When I had these issues in the past, usually all I had to do was pull out my eye mask and off to dream land I would go. At 2am as I was laying there in bed trying to force myself into a coma, it occurred to me that I had no idea where that eye mask was since moving here a couple years ago. Somewhere in an unopened box? In another room? Darn it... I really didn't want to go searching in the middle of the night so I made a note to myself to make one the very next day instead. So I did. And let me tell you, this thing has magic powers. I was out in a wink as soon as I put it on. Bonus: these make great little xmas gifts! Here's how to make your own...

I'll give you two options, with the trim and without the trim. The trim is a little tricky for beginners (even I cursed it to death) so I wrote out an alternative below for an easier and much quicker option.

1. You will need: a scrap of patterned fabric for the front, interfacing or felt for the interior,soft fabric for the back, (I used satin on this one, and a super soft minky fabric on the pink one), a piece of elastic, a strip of fabric OR bias tape for the trim (optional). You will also need the pattern I made for you too. Just click here to open it in a new window, right click, then "Save Image As" to save it to your computer and print.

2.  Using the pattern, you'll want to cut three identical pieces from each fabric.

3. Pin all three layers together down the center to hold them all in place.

4. Cut your lace to length. I just measure it half way around my head and make sure it's not loose. You want it fairy snug so it stays put. Place one end just under the outer layer of fabric. Pin in place. Do the same to the other side, making sure your elastic isn't twisted when you carry it over to the other side.

5.  Sew around the parameter of the mask, about 1/4 of an inch or as tight to the edge as you can get. This just makes it easier for when we add the trim.

6. Time to add your trim. Place the underside of the trim underneath your mask...

7.  Fold the remaining trim over the top of your mask.

8.  Hold in place and sew the trim on. Go slowly around the bends as it does get a little tricky. When you come to your elastic ends, just make sure they are folded under nicely and not bent. You will be sewing right over the edges of them.

9. Finish and decorate with cute bows or other adornments!

This photo shows the super soft backing of my pink one. I also doubled up the elastic for a different look.

1. Follow steps 1 and 2 above.

2. Place your outer (patterned) fabric face up on your working surface. 

3.  Instead of placing the elastic on the outside as shown above, you're going to want to place it on the inside. We are making this one inside out. Attach the ends of the elastic in the same place as shown above in figure 4, only the ends of the elastic should line up with the outer edges of the mask.

4. Lay the backing piece face down on top of the first piece. The elastic is now sandwiched between these two layers.

5.  Place your interfacing/felt on top of these two layers. Pin layers together as shown in figure 3 above.

5.  Sew around the parameter as in figure 5 (remembering that this one is inside out though.) Be sure to leave a 2 inch gap free (i.e. don't sew the last 2 inches!). Keep an eye on your elastic inside of the mask, you don't want to mistakenly sew over it in a random place!

6. Turn the mask inside out through the hole you left (or is it right side in?! you get the point...). Stitch the hole shut and your mask is done!

Sweet Dreams!

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  1. So pretty! Thank you for the tutorial! If only I had at least some skill in DIYing... xx

  2. Aww this is super cute, I love it! xx

  3. This is so cute! I have been meaning to buy an eye mask for over a year but I haven't found one I liked. I might actually try this once I go back home and have more materials. :) If I try it I will definitely send you a pic. Thanks for posting this, Dana.

  4. soo good! i'm thinking about doing such a sleeping mask for my mum, she's traveling alot by plane and train... would be perfect for her. thanks for the idea!

  5. These are so lovely, I keep meaning to buy myself one but I might try my hand at a bit of diy instead :) x

  6. So cute! When I left home I had to leave my sewing machine behind, but tutorials like this have put one on my christmas list. :)

  7. They're so pretty, I'd like to try my hand at this! I can't sleep with an eye mask on and my current one is getting a bit tatty.
    ablogbyabbie.blogspot.co.uk X

  8. This is the cutest thing! Your dog looks adorable in it.


  9. Awesome. I am going to make me one asap! I have one I bought years ago and I tell you, it DOES have magical powers. I can fall asleep so fast...but, mine is very old I want a pretty new one. ;)

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  11. Great idea! :) xxx


  12. dang, girl. you are a woman of so many skills. also love that last pic - too cute!

  13. These are so adorable! I would have never thought of making my own sleep mask. Thanks for the tutorial.

  14. Cute eyemasks. Pity I didn't see your post, as I could have made an eye mask for my mum instead of buying one.

  15. That's a lovely blog, and a cute tutorial! very nice!

  16. I'm definitely going to have to try this! My roommate is not very good at being quiet while I'm still sleeping. She even turns her lamp on and gets ready in our room. It doesn't help that I'm a very light sleeper. I hope this will help! <3

  17. This is awesome. I STILL need to bring out my sewing machine to practice.

  18. These are the cutest things ever! I hope your sleep has improved too :)

  19. I have trouble sleeping so will probably try this out! Your dog is literally the cutest thing!! :)

  20. Featuring you tomorrow on Little Miss Mama on Tuesday Favorites. Hope you love it as much as we do your DIY.



  21. so adorable! thanks for the Christmas idea too! i love your stuff, you are so talented. :)

    barbie f.

  22. This makes me so tempted to bust out my sewing machine. I do love a good eye mask, they are very comforting.


  23. Id love to make this, but i know id get so caught up in it, i wouldn't leave my house! Its such a beautiful craft!


  24. Finally going to get around to making myself a Breakfast at Tiffany's style mask! Thanks!

  25. Thank you for posting this is to cute. Going make some for my daughters sleepover party coming up.

  26. Love this tut better than any that I've seen so far! Thank you!!

  27. This is a fabulous tutorial! Thank you for sharing!


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