29 July 2015

How to Make an Eye Mask (free pattern!)

How to Make an Eye Mask - free pattern from Tilly and the Buttons


There’s something so indulgent about slipping on an eye mask to help you get enough beauty sleep during light Summer nights… particularly when it matches your frillies! We couldn’t resist making an eye mask to go with the Fifi camisole and shorts set – and we’re sharing the pattern with you for free so you can make one too. Yay! This is a lovely speedy make, and a perfect project for using up leftover fabric. Ooh and it makes a great gift!

How to Make an Eye Mask - free pattern from Tilly and the Buttons
How to Make an Eye Mask - free pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

You will need:
  • Fifi eye mask pattern – download the free pattern
  • 15cm (1/5 yard) light- to medium-weight cotton for the main fabric (we used Cloud9 Escapade organic cotton voile courtesy of Hantex)
  • 15cm (1/5 yard) fabric for facing (we used a silky satin for the backing – choose something that will feel nice on your delicate eyelids)
  • Matching thread
  • 10cm (1/8 yards) wadding (we got ours courtesy of our studio neighbours Fancy Moon - thanks, Nancy!)
  • 38cm (15in) x 9-12mm (1/2in) wide elastic (a bit more or less if you think your head is particularly large or small!)
  • 1m (40in) string or cord
  • Sewing machine and basic tools
Open the pattern file in Adobe Reader (you can download it for free). Print the pattern on either A4 or Letter size paper, selecting “actual size” or “set scaling to 100%” or “turn off scaling” in your print settings. You can double check the pattern has printed at full scale by measuring the test square - it should be exactly 40mm x 40mm.

How to Make an Eye Mask - free pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

Cut out your fabric:

  • Cut 1 eye mask pattern piece in your main fabric, snipping the notches.
  • Cut 1 eye mask pattern piece in facing fabric, snipping the notches, then trim it down by 2-3mm (1/8in) all the way around – this will help the seam roll to the back so it’s not visible when you wear the mask.
  • Cut 1 eye mask pattern piece in wadding, then trim it down by 15mm (5/8in) so it will fit inside the other pieces comfortably.
  • Cut a rectangular strip in your main fabric for the elastic strap, 90cm (35½in) x 4cm (1 5/8in).

How to Make an Eye Mask - free pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

Fold and press the strip in half lengthways, right sides together. Cut a piece of string slightly longer than the strip. Slip it inside the folded strip and stitch it close to one end, back tacking over it a few times so it’s nice and secure. We’ll use the string to pull the strip right sides out once we’ve sewn it…

How to Make an Eye Mask - free pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

Stitch together the long raw edges of the strip using a 7mm (2/8in) seam allowance, enclosing the string next to the fabric fold. It helps to pull the string taught as you go, so you don’t sew over it.

How to Make an Eye Mask - free pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

You should now have a tube. Take hold of the loose end of the string and pull it out of the tube, turning the tube right sides out over it as you go. This can take a bit of time so go slowly! It can help to use then end of a pen or pin to push the fabric inside itself. Once it has turned all the way out, trim off the end with the string attached and give it a good press to neaten it up.

How to Make an Eye Mask - free pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

Attach a safety pin to one end of the elastic, and pin the other end to one end of the tube temporarily. Insert the safety pin into this end of the tube and feed it through, distributing the fabric evenly as it starts to gather up.

How to Make an Eye Mask - free pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

When the safety pin emerges at the other end, pin it to this end of the tube. With each end of elastic lined up with the opening of each end of the tube, stitch across each tube opening using a 10mm (3/8in) seam allowance to secure the elastic in place.

How to Make an Eye Mask - free pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

Tack (baste) one end of the elastic tube to each side notch on the eye mask piece, right sides together, using a 10mm (3/8in) seam allowance. Make sure the tube isn’t twisted.

How to Make an Eye Mask - free pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

Lay the facing piece on top of the eye mask piece, right sides together. Pin them together around the outside edge, matching the notches - since you trimmed the facing, you'll need to stretch it ever so slightly. The elastic tube will be sandwiched in the middle – take care not to catch it in the pins. We need to leave an opening between the two notches on the top edge of the eye mask – you can mark each side of the opening with two pins to remind you to stop sewing here.

How to Make an Eye Mask - free pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

Stitch around the outside of the eye mask, using a 15mm (5/8in) seam allowance - remember to leave an opening between the two pairs of pins. Trim the seam allowances and notch small triangles around the seam allowance every 2.5cm (1in) or so, being careful not to snip through the stitching. Press the seam allowances open (test the iron setting on your fabric first).

How to Make an Eye Mask - free pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

Turn the eye mask right side out through the opening. Press again, rolling the seam slightly under towards the facing so it’s not visible from the right side of the mask. Slip the wadding into the eye mask through the opening and smooth it out. Press the seam allowances on the opening to the inside of the mask and pin the opening closed. To close up the opening, you can slipstitch it by hand, or take a short cut and edgestitch it (topstitch close to the edge) on your machine (we won’t tell!).

How to Make an Eye Mask - free pattern from Tilly and the Buttons
Fifi camisole and matching eye mask - sewing pattern from Tilly and the Buttons

Admire your completed eye mask, and have a very stylish night’s sleep!

Maybe you could make one for our Summer Sewing Instaspam Party? Post a photo of your Fifi boudoir set or Bettine dress to Instagram or Twitter on Sunday 9 August 2015 using the hashtags #sewing and either #SewingFifi or #SewingBettine, and search the hashtags to find others at the party. See you there!

20 comments:

  1. Ooh, I love this. Have been meaning to cobble together an eye mask for ages and now you've given me instructions and a pattern! Awesome! Thank you!

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  2. Super super cute- and a great use for leftover scraps :) Thanks for the free pattern!!

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  3. What is the exact type of the wadding you used? There are also different types available at the website of Fancy Moon.

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    1. I'd like to know this too, it comes in different weights for different uses.

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    2. Hi Anna and Sara,

      It doesn't really matter which kind of wadding you use, it depends how thick you want your eye mask to be.

      Hope this helps!

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  4. Sorry, the pattern need s password... help!

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  5. Hello Crisdayan!

    The pattern shouldn't ask for a password to be downloaded - sorry about that! If you contact me at the following email address, I would be more than happy to send the eyemask pattern to you:

    office@tillyandthebuttons.com

    Thank you! x

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  6. Is this a mask for a child> 40mm is 1.57" so this mask is 2" wide (left to right).

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    1. There is a box drawn around the text, and the measurement of the box has to be 40x40 mm (or 1.57 ") on the printout to get the correct pattern size. I just took a screen shot with my iPad and held a ruler against the box to get an idea about the size,,,I might just trace the screen shot...too lazy to hook up the printer...

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  7. Lovely idea, and maybe it's just me, but that strap is going to dig into your face and head, especially if you sleep on your side (too much gathered fabric on top of the elastic). May I suggest lingerie-style elastic? Yes, it won't last so long, so will have to be replaced in time, especially given how tight it will have to pull in order to hold the mask securely, but it's much softer and it does come in pretty colours ...

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  8. i have a pattern for a sleep mask, but what caught my eye with your pattern is the covered elastic. it looks so much more finished and delicate than just an elastic band. I LOVE THIS. i'm not even sure how i came across your site, i was just kind of looking around and stumbled across it, but sure am glad i did.

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  9. Hi there,
    When and how do you sew the wadding?? I read the instructions a few times and can't seem to find it. Thanks!

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    1. Hi Brenda! You can buy wadding in most haberdasheries or online fabric stores - no need to make it yourself :)

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    2. Vanessa- Brenda wasn't asking how to make wadding, rather, at which point in this tutorial should you sew in the wadding?

      I wondered this myself, it doesn't seem to be included in the tutorial except for in what materials to use!

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    3. Hi Brenda and Emily!

      Apologies if it's not clear where to sew the wadding. If you look under the 13th image in the article, there's a paragraph that starts:

      "Turn the eye mask right side out through the opening. Press again, rolling the seam slightly under towards the facing so it’s not visible from the right side of the mask. Slip the wadding into the eye mask through the opening and smooth it out."

      I hope this is helpful!

      x

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  10. Hello Tilly and the Buttons. Been wanting to make an eye mask for ages and this fitted the bill. I had a nightmare initially turning the long tube the right way, however I purchased a tube turning set and it took about 2 minutes - so not only do I now have a lovely eye mask I also have a new gadget that will no doubt save me a lot of heartache for future projects. Thank you and LOVE everything you do xxx

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  11. Thank you, I have made a heat pad and the will now make an eye mask for a gift.

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