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:
Supplies: Download the patterntwo patterns of cotton fabric
quilt batting (to add some thickness to the 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.
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