January 4, 2011

Warming Lavender Eye Pillow Tutorial

In the days coming up to the holidays I was in still in NY and little Keyfree wanted to make some crafty presents to bring to her relatives, so we were trying to think of something easy and inexpensive to make that would be an appropriate present for boys and girls, kids and grownups, and that we could make a lot of.

After a bit of brain scratching we decided on warming lavender eye pillows. I don't know anyone who doesn't enjoy a little relaxing and fragrant nap on the couch, and it was an easy and fun project for a nine-year-old girl to try her hand at sewing.

They are pretty self-explanatory, but I took some photos during the process so that I could share the how-to.

Warming Lavender Eye Pillows

Materials Needed:
White Rice
Dried Lavender
Fabric (a 4x16 inch strip for each pillow)
Coordinating thread
Sewing machine
Pointy stick or pencil

Find the freshest dried lavender you can, it'll be more fragrant. 

Start with a 4x16 inch strip of fabric and fold in half.

You'll probably want 3 to 1 parts rice to lavender, 
but you can adjust the proportions according you what you think smells best.

Fold the strip in half, lengthwise, and pin down the long sides, leaving the  short end open.
If you want, draw a little semicircle to cut out for the nose.

Sew down the long sides, 
 Around the nose dent, and around the corners of the short side,

Leaving a 1-2 inch gap on the short side

 Mix the rice and the lavender in a bowl

Turn the pillow inside out, making sure to poke out the corners with a pointy stick

 Insert the funnel into the gap on the short side

Fill the pillow with the rice and lavender mixture. 
You might need to poke through the funnel to help it go down.

When the pillow is full, but not too full, fold in the the open edge and pin it shut

Hand sew the opening shut, and you're done!

Microwave the pillow for 20 seconds, place on eyes, relax, and enjoy!

This might make a great little gift for Valentine's Day :)


Lucia ♥ said...

I totally wanna try this out :) Hopefully I will be able to make it :D Thank you for sharing!

Amanda K said...

That is such a great idea. I've heard of using lavender pillow mist before, but never thought of it in something like an eye mask. I'm thinking these may be Mother's Day gifts... but its oh so long until Spring!

Amy said...

This is so awesome! I'm definitely going to try this :)