Make Your Own Eye Mask!

Make Your Own Eye Mask Any other “light sleepers” out there?? If so, don’t cheer too loudly, one of our fellow LS may be trying to take a nap. I didn’t realize that I was a light sleeper, until I got to college and found out how difficult it can be to sleep in a dorm with lots of other people nearby. It wasn’t until I started using a noise machine, earplugs, and an eye mask that I was able to finally get some rest. I still use a mixture of those items at night, but I’ve always wanted a Breakfast At Tiffany’s eye mask with the giant lashes, so now seemed as good a time as any to make that dream come true! Here’s how to make your own:

Make Your Own Eye Mask abeautifulmess.comMake Your Own Eye Mask
Supplies:  Download the patterntwo patterns of cotton fabric
quilt batting (to add some thickness to the mask)
fabric glue
suede fringe
fabric scissors

Make Your Own Eye Mask 1. Place your cotton fabrics right sides together and lay the two layers on top of your quilt batting. Print and cut out the eye mask pattern and pin the pattern onto your material. Cut out your eye mask shape.

2. Measure your head to see how long you need your elastic band to be and cut your elastic with an extra inch on each side. Between your two cotton fabrics, pin the elastic band ends at the locations noted on the pattern. The ends should be sticking out the sides and the middle of the elastic sandwiched between the two cotton layers (don’t worry, it will be on the right side when you flip it around!).

3. Leaving a 1/2 seam allowance, use a sewing machine to sew around the edge of your eyemask. Make sure to leave at least a 1 inch wide opening in order to turn your item. Once complete, use your opening to turn your eye mask right side out and use a hidden stitch to close up your opening.

4. Now you’re ready to decorate! Use some felt half circles to create your eyelids and cut a length of fringe to create your lashes. Attach your features with some fabric glue and pin in place until the glue has dried.

Make Your Own Eye Mask Make Your Own Eye Mask These turned out so cute (and were easy to make!) so they would be a great personalized gift for someone special. As you can see, I made a second eye mask for my hubby Todd with some iron-on letters. He’s a musician so he travels a lot for work and always keeps a few things to help him sleep in his backpack. I’m hoping that my eye mask will make him feel more at home when he’s away and help him to have the sweetest dreams—of me, of course! xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman

  • Awesome sleep masks. I love to sleep with the sleep mask. I will definitely make them. Thanks and keep sharing.

  • This is just what I’ve been looking for!!!! It’s great to be what you need instead of buying it. Then it it even custom made!!!!! Thanks for this how – to
    – make!!!

  • Thank you so much for this pattern! I realize I’m about three years too late, but it’s much needed right now! I work NOC shift at a nursing home and by the time I get home and get to sleep, it’s light outside and makes it hard to sleep. Working on my very own mask right now! Thanks a million!

  • This is super cute! I love the eye mask she has in Breakfast at Tiffanys! The big lashes make sleeping so glamorous!

  • these are beyond adorable! i see some stocking stuffers in the future…


  • You read my mind- Just the other night I was thinking that I want to make one of these! So perfect- Thanks!!

  • This is so cute! My husband sleeps with a pillow over his eyes.. maybe I should make him one!

  • I will be making these soon! I used to sleep like a rock, but for some reason I don’t anymore.

  • Hiiiiii, OMG this is amaaaazing!!!!!!! i just found what i was looking for, thanks a loooot, i am a moroccan girl and here in morocco they don’t sell like those, so i already decided to do it myself but i didn’t how, thanks again!!

  • good for those mornings you want to sleep in but the sun is too bright

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  • Cute idea! I can’t sleep without an eye mask, I have 3 but I’m tempted to make another 🙂 xx

  • So cute! Looks like the Breakfast at Tiffany’s one!

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  • These sound like a great idea! And so much more fun and cheaper than buying them. Looking forwards to when I try them out!

    Check out my post on relaxing here:

  • Oh my gosh! I forgot all about that eye mask in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and this post brought back nostalgic memories. Thanks so much for the tutorial! I may have to make a few as gifts soon… probably with the movie playing in the background.

  • precious. my eye mask is my life saver!! I could definitely use a back up, but never thought of making my own. thanks!

  • I love these!! And especially that Holly Golightly-inspired one!


  • they look great loving the eyelash ones, so retro looking.


  • YES!!! I am so going to make this:) My husband sleeps with light and I have to wear a eye mask, no I can make it my own:)

  • Oh, girl, Light Sleeper OG over here. I really don’t know how a human being can even BE so bad at sleeping. Love me a good face mask, but so far have been loath to shell out $30 for a cute one. This might just be the best option! Plus, my husband is always stealing mine, so His n’ Hers is such a great idea! Thanks for the tutorial. <3

  • The cutest! Now I have to learn how to not tear the eye mask off in the middle of the night and jam is furiously under my pillow…which is apparently how I handle these things 🙂


  • I should do this for my baby, she is two months now and she needs a little piece of fabric covering her eyes to fall asleep… i can imagine she with that, ha ha

  • This is a cute idea! You could also use it as an eye mask for stress relief by filling in the center with uncooked rice with some essential oils like lavender or peppermint.

  • Hmm…I wonder if this would also help deter my cat from batting me in the face every morning…!

  • Isn´t it cute? Beautiful, simple and so funny! Looks like a bag, thanks for sharing

  • What a cute idea!! Will definitely give this a whirl 🙂


  • Very original, we don’t use this mask but it’s very lovely!

  • Yes! I use a panda eye mask because I love morning light so I keep my curtains open – love it.


  • I’m a light sleeper so I’ll definitely be adding this to my DIY pinterest board. Love the addition of the eyelashes.

  • Soo adooorable!! I’m a light sleeper! Ha ha. This is such a fun idea 🙂


  • I love this! Last Halloween, I went as a sleepy Holly Golightly and made the sleep mask myself. I’m super proud of it :p

  • I never knew how sensitive I was until I lived in a sorority house. I had survived freshman year with just one roommate and sophomore year solo. However junior year was a wake-up call (literally). Living with so many other girls, on such different schedules was not fun. I found myself waking up constantly before I needed to, so I too had to invest in some earplugs. These eye-masks are seriously darling!

  • gorgeous!!! <3

  • Oh, this is great. I can’t sleep with any lights on. I’m ready to make this sleeping mask. Eyelashes is my choice, really looks cute.Thank you for share.

  • I love how in depth this tutorial is! I’ve also always wanted those Audrey Hepburn eyes on an eye mask, but this version is cuter and easily customizable! Great post, Laura! 🙂

  • My favorite eye mask of all time was Audrey Hepburn’s in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” In college, I had a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” party for some girlfriends and we made them but I lost mine…Oops. Maybe I should make another?

  • So cute and so easy! This will be perfect to give out to friends! Thanks for the brilliant idea! <3

  • These are adorable! I have to have darkness when I sleep, and this would be great for me on those bright mornings!

  • Oh I want to make one so bad. So cute! Love the eye one, very audrey.

    xo, Juliette Laura

  • Super cute. I have a store bought eye mask with eyes that I love to wear on airplanes!

  • TOO cute! Ahhh! I’m never too bothered by light when I’m sleeping, but I may have to make one of these simply for the adorableness factor!

  • The little eyelashes are so cute. What a great idea.

    xo Denise

  • I’ve been wanting to make a sleeping mask with eyelashes on them. Looks good!

  • These are cute! But, I have an added issues. I can’t have anything pressed against my eyes. So, I have have something that is hollow on the inside where the eyes would touch. This makes it really difficult to have cute eye masks. Any idea how I can make my own?

  • So cute! My husband and I both love sleep masks, I will have to make a personalized one for him!
    Sarah xx

  • Great Tutorial!I was actually thinking about buying a new sleep mask!My other one is not in the best condition,lol!

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