Accessories Sewing · Modern Sewing · Pajamas · Travel

Completed: Luxurious Silk Sleep Mask

January always brings about sewing projects as gifts for Mr. WWNDW’s birthday. I was hoping to tackle a new robe to replace his very old one, but the pattern I purchased for it got excessively delayed in shipping. Fortunately I had also ordered the silk velvet for this project and it arrived in a fairly timely fashion. His old sleep mask was made of cheap materials and like most things in our house, coated in dog hair.

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Pattern: Traced off an old sleep mask
Time: 3-4 hours over 2 days
Fabric: 1/4 yd. silk velvet from Prism Silks ($13.90 w/ shipping) charmeuse leftover from other projects, batting interfacing from stash
Notions: Elastic repurposed from old sleep mask, thread from stash
Cost: $13.90


  • I pre-washed the silk and charmeuse on a cold, delicate cycle with Eucalan detergent, and then machine dried on low.
  • One side is charmeuse and the other side, as well as the nosebridge piece, are velvet. I made the binding with the reverse of the charmeuse to help the mask not be too slippery.
  • The nosebridge piece was tough to figure out and I ended up having to cut a second one bigger that I sewed on and trimmed down to size.
  • I was originally going to quilt the mask and then decided it didn’t need it.
  • The batting interfacing is pretty thin so I did a double layer of it.
  • It is completely sewn by hand, and I’m glad I did it that way. It was probably faster than dealing with my machine eating up the silk, and bias binding by machine never works out for me.
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Maybe someday I’ll use the leftovers to make another one for myself! Once travel is safe again, it would be especially nice because I sleep best in total darkness. Are you sewing any little luxuries for yourself this year?

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