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
Fabric (a 4x16 inch strip for each pillow)
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 :)