Why Buy? Make a DIY Lavender Eye Pillow Instead!
My current lavender pilow had bit the dust. I was going to buy another when when I thought, why buy another one when I can make a DIY lavender eye pillow instead for a lot less? I made it in less than 30 minutes. After I made it, I was like what the heck, why was I paying money for these things?
When you break it down, it’s just a rectangular pillow stuffed with flax seeds and lavender. If you can sew (or glue) a straight line, you can know how to make a lavender eye pillow.
Then you can pamper yourself with your custom eye pillow, or add it to a DIY sleep themed gift basket and give it as a gift!
DIY Lavender Eye Pillow Instructions
I’ve listed the supplies you need below, but there’s not a rule that says you have to use what I use. The flax seeds are really the only thing that you absolutely MUST have.
You can use a silky fabric in place of the 100% cotton. I’ve had a silk eye pillow before, and didn’t really care for it. That’s why I prefer eye pillows made out of cotton. Substitute 1/8 yard of silk or satin in place of the fat quarter.
To make it easier for you, I’ve put together an Amazon shopping list of supplies so it’s all in one place.
Supplies You’ll Need:
- 1 1/2-2 cups whole flaxseed
- 1/2 cup dried lavender flowers
- (1) 100% cotton fat quarter
- Lavender Essential Oil (optional)
Not Crafty? Don’t Worry!
*If you have zero sewing skills, you can still make your own eye pillow for sleeping. You can glue the seams together with craft permanent adhesive. It will bond the fabric together, and it’s even washable!
Step by Step Tutorial:
Cut two 4 1/2″ x 9″ inch rectangles from your fat quarter.
Put wrong sides together and sew around three sides with a zig zag stitch. (If using the no-sew method, glue the seams together with your fabric seam adhesive.)I like to use the zig zag stitch because it’s sturdier.
Clip corners and then turn inside out.
You should now have a nice looking tube. Iron and set aside.
In a bowl, mix the lavender and flax seeds together. You can add lavender essential oil for extra scent, or you can add other relaxing oils as well. Roman chamomile and ylang ylang are essential oils that will help you get to sleep, too.
Fill your pillow with the lavender/flax seed mixture to about two inches from the top, or however stuffed you want it. I like my eye pillows a bit floppy, so that’s why I like mine less filled. But, hey, it’s your world. Stuff it like you want it.
Turn the end of your pillow in, and sew a straight stitch across the open end. You could sew it closed with a blind stitch. I was lazy and did it the easy way. If you’ve got the ambition and know how, go for it.
In fact, I made two. It was so easy, I’m probably going to be making these to give as gifts for Christmas this year. Most people have never thought about using an eye pillow for sleeping, but once they have one they’ll wonder how they ever lived without it.
Why I Use an Eye Pillow for Sleeping
I’ve been using an eye pillow for sleeping for years now. I refuse to spend a night away from home without it because I consider it my multipurpose sleeping tool.
The lavender in it gives me a relaxing boost and makes me sleepy, and this eye pillow is my favorite way to use lavender to sleep. I have neck problems, and I use it to give me extra neck support. And if there’s any kind of light in my bedroom, I can’t sleep at all. So when it’s bright, I put it over my eyes to block out the light. Finally, after throwing it in the fridge for a half hour or so, it really gives me relief when I have a killer headache.
Buy a Lavender Eye Pillow Instead…