Sunday, January 29, 2012

Eye Mask -- Free Pattern & Tutorial

I've been having more of a rough time recovering from surgery than I anticipated.  This morning I woke up with a massive headache... and the sun shining in through the window... directly into my face.  Harumpf.

So, once I finally started feeling a little better this afternoon, I whipped up this relaxing little eye mask.  Keeps the light out... and hopefully headaches too.

Here's a picture of me from this morning, before I had my lovely little eye mask:

And, now, here's me after I finished the eye mask:

Ahhh.  So much better!

These would be great for...

  • spa days
  • bridal shower party favors
  • sleep over party favors
  • get well soon gifts
  • new moms
  • anyone in need of a nap :)

I used mine when I took a nap today and I slept so deeply and peacefully.  I'm hooked!

Want to make your own?
You'll find the free pattern and tutorial after the jump...

Terms of use: This free pattern and tutorial have been created and provided by Katie Lewis, The Red Kitchen, and are for personal use only.

Copyright 2012 The Red Kitchen


  • eye mask pattern (click HERE to view and print pattern)
  • quilting weight cotton
  • black felt
  • 1/4" elastic
  • thread

Additional Supplies:

  • sewing scissors
  • sewing machine
  • pinking shears
  • iron & ironing board
  • straight pins
  • safety pin

Step 1: Print pattern & cut and prepare pieces

Click HERE or on the link above to print the Eye Mask Pattern.
Use the 1" mark at the bottom of the page to check and make sure the pattern has printed to scale.

Using the Eye Mask Pattern...
-cut 2 from quilting weight cotton (or another lightweight, comfortable fabric)
-cut 1 from black craft felt

Also cut 1 piece of 1/4" elastic about 16" to 18" long.
Measure your head and see what will be most comfortable for you.
Add about 1" to your preferred length to account for seam allowances.

On one of the cotton eye mask pieces, make a small snip on each side where the lines on the pattern piece are.  This will be where your elastic is sewn onto the eye mask.

Note: These snips should be small, no more than 1/4" deep.

Step 2: Pin elastic in place

Using the snips you just made as your guide, pin the elastic onto the eye mask piece.

The ends of the elastic should hang over the edge of the eye mask piece about 1/2" on either side.
Be sure the elastic isn't twisted.

Since the elastic will be sandwiched in between the different layers of the eye mask, you'll want to keep the elastic out of the way so it doesn't get caught while you're sewing the eye mask together.

To do this, carefully gather the excess elastic, fold it neatly, and pin a safety pin over it to keep it in place while you sew.

Step 3: Layer eye mask pieces

Start with the eye mask piece you just pinned the elastic to.  This piece should be FACE UP (i.e. right side facing up).

Next, lay the remaining cotton eye mask piece FACE DOWN (i.e. right side facing down) on top of the previous piece.

The elastic should now be sandwiched in between the two cotton eye mask pieces.

Finally, lay the black felt eye mask piece on top of the two cotton layers.

Step 4: Pin eye mask pieces

I prefer to be able to sew with the cotton side facing up, so I flipped my little pile over.

Using the dots on the pattern as your guide, pin the eye mask pieces together with a straight pin at each of the dots.

These dots/pins mark where to start and stop sewing.  You'll start sewing at the pin on the right, sew around the edge of the eye mask, and stop sewing at the pin on the left.  The space in between the pins will be left open so you can turn the eye mask right side out.

Continue pinning, as needed.

Step 5: Sew eye mask

Using a 3/8" or 1/2" seam allowance, sew around the eye mask, making sure to leave the space between the dots open.

As you come to the elastic, sew back and forth over each of the ends a few times to keep the elastic secure.

Step 6: Trim seam allowances

Turn your mask over so the black felt is facing up.

Trim the felt down to 1/8" all the way around the eye mask except across the opening.

Trim the felt across the opening to only 1/4" or so.

Now turn the mask over so the cotton side is facing up.

Using pinking shears, trim the seam allowance around the eye mask except across the opening.

DO NOT trim seam allowance across the opening.

Step 7: Turn & iron

Turn the eye mask right side out.
Remove the safety pin that was holding the elastic in place.

Iron the mask, making sure to iron the seam allowance so it stays tucked inside the opening.

Your mask will now look like this.

But it still has that pesky little opening at the top.

Step 8: Edgestitch

Using a straight pin (or two), pin the opening shut.

Starting at one end of the elastic (see above photo), edgestitch (sew an 1/8" away from the edge) all the way around the eye mask.

I decided to sew around mine twice, but it's really just for looks.


You're done!

Now go enjoy a nice, peaceful nap!
Or give one to somebody else who needs a nap.  :)

Naps for everybody!

How's that for the day of rest?  :)


P.S. Thanks to my husband Bryan for scanning in and uploading my little pattern.  After sewing this up real quick I came back up to the couch to keep on resting.  Hooray for helpful husbands!

P.P.S. Thanks to my sweet Nana and Granddad who shared this funny little bear with us (in the pictures at the beginning--that's not really me).  My granddad collected teddy bears for years and gave several away as gifts to us grand kids a few years back.  This one is one of Olivia's favorite stuffed animals.  She carries it around with her all over the place.  :)


Polly @ Pieces by Polly said...

Cute. We should make one of these for Becca...I wonder if she's be any more inclined to actually keep it on if we made one for one of her dolls or bears too.

Jess@craftiness is not optional said...

this is adorable! Go you!

craft boulevard said...

Lovely! Great tutorial, thank you! Feel better soon :)

Kate said...

Wonderful tutorial! Thank you.

r said...

such a lovely easy tutorial. Thank you!!!

roguexuk said...

Thank you so much for this, yours is the second pattern I've tried & it's definately the one I prefer.

The mask is the right shape & size ot be comfy & not let in too much light under the nose - which is normally the bane of my life :)

The pattern is soo easy to use & understand too.

Thanks again

Unknown said...

This is brilliant! thank you so so much! I'm making them for my sisters hen- I can't begin to thank you enough! Becky

Bethany said...

Thanks so much for this! I'm taking a group of 16 high schoolers to Germany this summer, and I'm going to make these to go with the travel blankets they ordered!

Poonam said...

I just finished making one for my husband following your tutorial. The one change I made was use a blackout fabric instead of the felt. Really easy to follow instructions. Thank you so very much.

Tison said...

hello! I want to use 3 different fabrics: felt for the darkening, velvet for the outside of the mask, and quilting fabric for the part that will actually be against the lids of my eyes. I just want to be sure I don't mix anything up - would the very first piece you start with (with the picture that says start with fabric FACE UP) be the one that ends up on the inside or outside of the mask? thank you so much! I know I could wing it and probably get it right - but I'm still a bit new with sewing and want to make sure ;)

turtleweenies said...

Thank you for this! I did not use your pattern, but I did use your photo tutorial as inspiration to make one for a birthday gift....

AdmitOne said...

Thank you so much for this pattern, it was so useful and easy-to-follow. I made three of the masks for my friends and blogged about it here: