This DIY eye cushion loaded with calming lavender is the perfect addition to your next at-home spa day.
Making your own lavender and buckwheat hull eye pillows is a simple but effective way to improve the quality of your meditation or self-care regimen. The cherry on top? It’s possible to appreciate it in a variety of ways. You can chill down your mask by freezing it for 10-15 minutes, or you can warm it up by putting it in the microwave for a few seconds (just make sure to test the heat level on the back of your hand before placing the pillow over your eyes). It’s time to unwind.
You will need:
- Fabric made solely from cotton (one fat quarter will do)
- Cutting tool
- Sturdy ruler for quilting
- Slicing and piecing
- There is a sewing machine in this room
- Cups for weighing and measuring.
- 2 cups of hulled buckwheat
- 15 grams fresh thyme
- Two things: a needle and some string
Step 1: Cut the fabric into rectangles
Cut two 6′′ x 10′′ rectangles of cloth with a rotary cutter and an acrylic ruler. To create our whimsical, mixed-pattern design, we used two contrasting pieces of fabric. You can follow our lead or keep it simple with just one type of cloth.
Step 2: Pin the fabric together
Straight pins are used to attach the cloth pieces together with the printed sides facing in after a brief pass with an iron smooths out any creases.
Step 3: Sew (most of) the edges
Mark a 2-inch opening on the fabric rectangle with pins, then sew 12 inch in from all four sides along the remaining edges with a sewing machine. Trim the excess fabric from the corners of the pouch at a 45-degree angle to keep the corners pristine when the pouch is turned right-side out.
Step 4: Turn the fabric pouch right-side out
Use your fingers to ensure that each corner of the cloth pillowcase is fully expanded when you turn it right-side out.
Step 5: Fill with buckwheat and lavender
Fill your fabric pillowcase with 2 cups of buckwheat hulls and 14 cup lavender using a funnel. To help the buckwheat hulls and lavender pass through the tight opening of your funnel, shake it gently as you go.
Step 6: Sew the opening of your eye pillow shut
Close the eye pillow’s little aperture with a whipstitch. Once you’re done, give the pillow a shake to help the lavender spread throughout the pillow.
Step 7: Add tassels (optional)
Add tassels or other embellishments with a needle and thread. If you’re going to microwave your eye pillow, be sure to use only decorations made from 100 percent cotton. You can’t microwave metal!
That’s it! Place the eye pillow over your eyes, take a deep breath, and relax.
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DIY LINEN LAVENDER EYE PILLOWS
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These DIY Linen Lavender Eye Pillows can be used to keep them warm, cool, or simply to help them unwind. Close your eyes and take a deep whiff of lavender’s soothing aroma.
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To my surprise, I was moved and thought, surely, nothing says “I love you and am thinking about you” more than a handcrafted present from the heart? I was grateful for her email, and I started thinking of creative solutions to assist us all figure out what we might donate to others who were in need.
In a strange turn of events, a great friend and young mother in my neighborhood recently received some heartbreaking news that would have far-reaching consequences for her entire world.
Recalling this email in my heart of hearts, I was compelled to find a way to help lessen the agony of her and her family.
A combination of two of the world’s most beautiful natural components that I am infatuated with…
Lavender and Linen are a match made in heaven.
If you’ve seen my video on how to extract lavender buds from the stems from last Summer, you’ll know that there are four ways to do it. Nonetheless, I still had a sizable bud harvest stashed away for the right project.
It was at that point that I recalled how much my daughter cherished the silk lavender cushion I had purchased for Valentine’s Day from Target Dollar Spot. In the past, I’ve even taken it from her for my own personal use.
I decided to deliberately shred the edges of my linen lavender pillows. It enhances the natural beauty of the landscape, in my opinion. Sewing the edges on the inside will keep them from fraying.
You can’t go wrong with lavender-colored pillows! Here are some ways to put them to use if you haven’t already.
HOW TO USE LINEN LAVENDER EYE PILLOWS
- It is excellent for relieving eye strain, headaches and fevers, as well as reducing puffy eyes (due to lack of sleep or as a result of tear filled eyes).
- Prior to use, put the product in the freezer for about 20 minutes.
- Excellent for relieving tension and stress, as well as for unwinding. Lavender’s aroma will be amplified by the heat, making for fantastic aromatherapy.
- In 15-second intervals, heat in the microwave. I would advise you not to overheat it. 15 seconds on one side, then 15 seconds on the other side is how I like to do it. Make sure you don’t burn your eyes or the cloth in the microwave by getting it too hot.
- Using flax seed in these pillows helps to retain heat for a long length of time.
- You don’t have to heat or cool our eye cushions to enjoy using them. Relax, ease stress, and get a good night’s sleep by placing them over your eyes and inhaling.
- This is a great idea for making potpourri for freshening up the linen in your closet or drawer, but you could also use it to make potpourri to put in a dryer with your laundry.
WHERE TO BUY PURE LINEN AND LAVENDER
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There are a few locations you can buy lavender buds if you don’t have your own lavender harvest available for this project.
- On Amazon, you can get Lavender Buds.
- On Etsy, you’ll find Lavender Buds.
Several Etsy sellers and local fabric shops have provided me with pure linen. In my opinion, linen is the best fabric for these pillows, but you can use any material you like. I’m so enamored with linen that I’m planning to open a pure linen shop of my own.
- Shop Pure Linen on Etsy!
- Fabric-Pure store.com’s Linen
HOW TO MAKE LINEN LAVENDER EYE PILLOWS
Gather your materials first. You’ll need one lavender cushion, as well as the following:
- 1/4 of a Yard of 100 Percent Cotton Linen (you will have extra)
- 1 1/4 cups of flaxseed /
- Lavender buds in a 3/4 cup measure
- Adding a few drops of lavender essential oil (optional, but it really enhances the lavender scent!) This is the name of the brand that I prefer.
Before you begin, be certain that your linen has been washed and dried.
Cut two layers of 4.5-inch-by-10.5-inch cloth for each pillow.
You’ll want the correct side facing out for the torn edge effect, but pure linen should be the same on both sides.
Using a 1/4-inch seam allowance, begin by stitching along a long edge, making your way around. To fill the pillow, leave a little opening on one short side.
To make the edges even more frayed, I like to pull on the threads. This is done on the three sewn edges.
Flax seed, lavender buds, and a few drops of lavender essential oil can all be combined in a bowl for a fragrant treat.
Fill the pillowcase about two-thirds of the way up. In order to get the correct amount, please follow the instructions above.
To finish, sew the open end shut and then fray the last edge.
TIPS FOR MAKING EYE PILLOWS
- If you want your fabric to fray, go with a shorter stitch length. The seams may open if the stitch length is too lengthy. If you expect these to be thrown around a lot (like bean bag throwing), you should use a double-stitched bag.
- I prefer medium-weight linen since it allows the scent to go more easily.
- You can experiment with the lavender and flax seed proportions. Increase the number of buds if you want more. Have at it if you want more flax.
- What’s going on? More lavender smell will be released if you smash the bag in your hands.
Make as many as you like for your own sake and the sake of others (including those who are less fortunate).
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Treating yourself to some much-needed alone time is the best way to unwind. This lavender and chamomile-filled eye cushion is the ideal companion for anyone who enjoys reading, binge-watching Netflix, or practicing meditation. To make one of your own, follow our instructions.