Easy Sleep / Eye Mask Tutorial

By Dana Fox

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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Dana Fox
Dana Fox
About me

I am a country loving Canadian with a mind that never sleeps. When I'm not running the Wonder Forest blog ship, you can find me creating artwork for phone cases and home decor, whilst managing the daily tasks of Dana Fox Creative. Visit me at the links below if you wanna be friends!


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  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10658660459591173468 Angelina

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/16945532897391771095 Emma McIntyre

    Aww this is super cute, I love it! xx

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06643100383495051038 Isabel

    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.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/10786747159517094186 Hannah

    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!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11737273772055389695 rosaliejayne

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/09320241103138022800 Stephanie

    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. :)

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03826786183095007662 abbie ferguson

    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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04146536606205470205 Faye

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


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07451856462658763040 melody-mae

    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. 😉

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05232155737520099120 Jemma x
  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/15668660495549554357 Chalsea Rivera

    They are so cute!

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12071477027784226840 Chloe Moon

    What a cute idea!!! =)

    Ergo – Blog

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/13664058408345771354 Stephanie @ Shades of Color Art

    Great idea! If only I could sew :(

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11806317536692159033 ilene @ muchloveilly

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/14360633957190543689 sarah s.

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/01226024126682885326 Carlyn Girl

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05687978480079476328 Ester Ramos

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12937044949056874761 Emily Finta

    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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/05253107226577514629 It’s Sooo Fluffy!

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/11994980284116715118 Charlotte King

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/08673416918921166805 Frankie Spry

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/03783794602610393982 Tairalyn

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



  • http://beforeverlovely.wordpress.com/ beforeverlovely

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

    barbie f.

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/13938556175069340454 Alexandria

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


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/12862815156805620527 Ashleigh Rose

    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!


  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/07002139816736216113 Madeleine Caffarel

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/04861428363386645682 Christy Jeans

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06013964846429459210 La Loca Ninja

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

  • https://www.blogger.com/profile/06917386655316154806 Katie Adams

    This is a fabulous tutorial! Thank you for sharing!

  • http://www.clippingpathspecialist.com/ Atiqur Sumon

    Thanks for the lesson, Danna, interesting as always.

  • http://www.sewingshop.net/ Linda @ Sewing Shop

    These are the cutest sleep masks I’ve ever seen! Thanks for sharing this tutorial, they look really easy to make with your instructions.

    I featured your tutorial on my blog, click this link to see it: http://www.sewingshop.net/blog/your-perfect-sleeping-mask/

    • http://thewonderforest.com Dana Fox

      Thank you for the feature and I’m happy you like the sleep masks!! xox

      • http://www.sewingshop.net/ Linda @ Sewing Shop

        You’re welcome :)