Handmade Gift Series - Gift #2 Sleep Mask with Do Not Disturb Pillow

Anyone that knows me well, knows how much I love Audrey Hepburn and all her movies.  Roman Holiday is my absolute favorite but I love her style in Breakfast at Tiffany's.  Oh what I would give for that iconic black dress and pearls she wears in the movie...the outfit that everybody thinks of when they think of Breakfast at Tiffany's.  In fact, what I would give to rock Audrey Hepburn's wardrobe daily.  I read a magazine article about her granddaughter a few years back and remember her saying that she still has and wears some of her grandmother's cashmere sweaters.  That's because Audrey's style was so classy and timeless.  She exuded femininity and yet so many of her styles had a tomboyish vibe...a mystical phenomenon that only Audrey herself could pull off!  Oh geez!  I am rambling...but what I'm trying to say is that Breakfast at Tiffany's inspired the second gift in my handmade gift series for the holidays.  If you've seen the movie then you will recall one of the early scenes in the movie when Audrey is sleeping with a glam and adorable satin eye mask with gold trim and cute sleepy eye appliques.  I thought that this would make an adorable gift and then thought that a cute little "Do not disturb" pillow that could be hung over a door knob would make a nice accompaniment.  I set right out to experimenting and created the attached pattern so that you, dear readers, can make the sleep mask too.  I think it would make a most charming gift for any hard working, stressed out woman you know.  It's a little reminder to take some time out every once in awhile to relax, wind down and enjoy some me time.

 Alright then, let's get right to the How To's!  Shall we?!?!

To make the sleep mask and pillow you will need:

  • Fabric
  • Interfacing
  • Trim (trim for the fake eyelashes, trim for the eyebrows and trim to go around the edge of the sleep mask.)
  • 10 inch piece of 1/4" elastic
  • Corresponding thread for both the fabric and trim
  • Glue
  • White fabric to embroider on
  • Embroidery thread and needle
  • Polyfill
  • Small embroidery hoop
  • Fabric shears
  • Chalk Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Sewing Machine
  • Straight Pins
  • Hand Needle 
To Make the Eye Mask:
Step 1:  Iron and prep fabric.

Step 2:  Layout the pattern piece for the sleep mask and use it to cut out two pieces of fabric.  Then layout the pattern piece on the interfacing and cut out one piece of interfacing.

Layout the pattern on your fabric and your interfacing.

You should have something that looks like this.
Step 3:  Place the two pieces of fabric right side together.  Place the piece of interfacing on top of that.  Pin everything together.

Pinned and ready to sew.

Step 4:  Sew all around leaving spots open on both sides for turning the sleep mask right side out and for inserting the elastic.  Sew using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  Note:  Sewing a curved line can be tricky to a beginner.  If you haven't sewn curved lines before you may want to practice on some scrap fabric first.

Notice how I left space open on both sides of the sleep mask.

Step 5:  Notch out pieces in the seam allowance to help the seam lay flat when the sleep mask is turned right side out.  To do this, simply take your fabric shears and cut out little triangles.  It should look something like the below.

The notches will help the sleep mask look smooth and lay flat when turned right side out.
Step 6:  Press the seam flat.

Step 7:  Turn right side out and press.  Do not worry if your sleep mask does not look perfect.  See how mine is pointed on the bottom in the picture below.  When we add the decorative trim around the edge, it will hide the imperfections. 

Step 8:  Cut piece of elastic 10 inches long.

Step 9:  To cover the elastic cut a piece of fabric 20 inches long by 3 inches wide.  Note: You don't have to cover the elastic with fabric if you don't want to.  I just think it is a nice touch.

Step 10:  Fold the 20 inch piece of fabric in half and press and pin.

Step 11:  Sew down the long side of the fabric.  Do not sew the ends together.

Step 12:  Turn right side out and thread the elastic through.

Step 13:  Insert fabric covered elastic into the openings on either side of the sleep mask.  Tuck the seam allowance in on the sleep mask so it is even and pin in place.

Step 14:  Sew together.  Don't worry if the stitches are visible.  They will be covered by the trim that goes around the edges.

My stitches are visible and that's OK!

Step 15:  Measure the trim for the edge and cut.

Step 16:  Dip the edges of your trim in a bit of glue to keep the ends from fraying.  Clear nail polish  works as well.  Allow to dry.

Step 17:  Pin trim along the edges of the sleep mask and sew.  You can do this either by machine or by hand.  The sleep mask is simply charming just like this, so you can stop here and call it a day, but if you like the eye appliques then continue with the next steps below.

Step 18:  Take the second page of the pattern and cut out the two patterns for the eye appliques.  You will need to cut four total pieces of fabric from the eye applique pattern.

Step 19:  Pin two pieces of fabric wrong sides together and sew along the curve.  No need to sew the bottom straight edge.  You will need to leave this open anyway for turning.  Follow the stitch line on the pattern.

Step 20:  Turn the eye appliques right side out.  Measure the trim that will serve as your eye lashes and sew along the bottom straight edge of the appliques.

Step 21:  Place the appliques where you'd like them on the sleep mask and slip stitch to the sleep mask.

It should look something like this when complete.

Step 22:  Measure two pieces of trim for the eye brows.  Pin to the mask and sew.  Ta dah!  The sleep mask is complete.

To Make the Pillow:

Step 1:  Cut 2 squares of fabric 5 inches by 6 inches to make a pillow similar in size to the mustard one I created or 5 inches by 7 inches to create one like the blue one I created.

Step 2:  Cut piece of embroidery fabric 5 inches by 5 inches.

Step 3:  Lightly trace words on embroidery fabric with a chalk pencil or disappearing ink marker.  If you use the disappearing ink marker test it on a bit of fabric first.

Test the disappearing ink marker first.  It does not fully disappear on some fabrics.

Step 4:  Embroider the fabric using your favorite embroidery stitch.  If you've never embroidered before a quick internet search will bring you to some quick and easy tutorials.  I really like this one on the Craftsy blog.  If you like the way mine turned out, I used the Split Stitch.

Don't forget to put your fabric in an embroidery hoop.  It will make things much easier.
Step 5:  Once you are done with the embroidery, remove the fabric from the hoop and press.

Step 6:  Center the embroidery piece on one piece of the fabric for your pillow and stitch to the fabric.  You can do a simple top stitch or a decorative stitch to add some flair.  I recommend that you practice any decorative stitches on a piece of scrap fabric first.  Also don't forget to fold under the raw edges of your embroidery piece before you pin it on the pillow fabric.

Step 7:  Cut trim for the bottom of the pillow to size.  Pin with the bottom of the trim pointing upwards towards what will be the top of your pillow.  Sew in place.  Just be sure to account for your seam allowance and do not pin and sew the trim right to the bottom edge of the fabric.  I used a 1/2 inch seam allowance so I pinned my trim 1/2 inch from the bottom of the fabric.

Step 8:  Cut a 9 1/2 inch piece of trim for the handle.  Center it on the top piece of your pillow fabric and stitch it into place.

Step 9:  Pin the two pieces of fabric for the pillow right sides together.  Tuck handle on inside.  Stitch leaving bottom open for turning.  I stitched using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Step 10:  Turn and press.

Step 11:  Stuff pillow with polyfill.

Step 12:  Slip stitch the opening closed.  Ta dah!  You are done with the pillow.

I think the sleep mask and pillow make a great gift just the two of them together but you could also pair them up with some other great items.

Pair them up with some vintage champagne flutes, a bottle of champagne or prosecco and a good book and you just gifted someone my idea of the perfect Friday night.  Day dreams of a night in...oh man!!!  This is what happens to you when you reach your mid-thirties!!!

Or pair them up with some satin pajamas and a good book.  Perhaps a book about a true inspiration and legend.  Inspire the receiver of your gift...although if they are special enough to be the receiver of your handmade gift, chances are they are quite the inspiration themselves!

There you have it.  The complete tutorial for the sleep mask and Do Not Disturb pillow along with some gift pairing options.  If you are confused about anything in my instructions, please do not hesitate to leave your questions in the comments.  I will be more than happy to explain something further or help in any way I can.

Till next time, dear readers!

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  1. Love this and thank you for including the pattern! I really love the blue version - one of my fav colors! Also, darling pajamas!

  2. Thanks so much for the kind words! I love the blue version too, it's exactly like the one Audrey wore!


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