I’ve recently become obsessed with sewing. I suspect it has something to do with the knowledge that I will be making Halloween costumes for the next 12 years. So, it’s only natural to see what I can make in the bath and body arena. Eye pillows are an easy project for even me, a very beginner sewer. After a long marathon-soaping weekend, treat your happy (but exhausted) self to this soothing eye pillow from our #HomeSpa collection. The natural scent of the lavender buds helps to calm the senses, and a few seconds in the microwave will give the pillow a comforting warmth perfect for soothing tired eyes. It’s the perfect finish after tub time with the scrubby Shea Salt Bars and before finishing your relaxation routine with the Gentle Gel Serum.
What you’ll need:
Fabric (100% cotton quilting weight)
One piece 3X5″ (red)
One piece 2X5″ (green)
One piece 5X5″ (tan)
One piece 8X5″ (a different green)
One piece of applique lace, at least 5.5″ long
One piece of sew-in lace, at least 5.5″ long
Scissors or Rotary Cutter
Sewing Machine (needles, coordinating thread)
1/2 cup Lavender Grade 1
1/2 cup Uncooked Rice
(optional) 5 drops Hungarian Lavender
ONE: Applique the lace to the center of the red fabric by placing the wrong side of the lace on the right side of the fabric length-wise and top-stitching. The lace should be parallel to the 5″ edge of the fabric.
TWO: Stitch the green fabric to the red along the 5″ side using a 1/2″ seam allowance.
THREE: Stitch the tan fabric to the green along the 5″ side using a 1/2″ seam allowance with the in-seam lace sandwiched between the layers of fabric. Trim any excess lace.
FOUR: Press the seam allowances of the pieced top away from the in-seam lace so that the lace lies flat against the tan fabric.
FIVE: With the right sides together, stitch the pieced top to the 8X5″ green fabric all around using a 1/2″ seam allowance. Leave an opening about 1-1.5″ long and back-tack at the beginning and end of the stitch. Trim the corners of the fabric, making sure not to clip through the seam. Press the seam allowances to the center of the pillow on both sides.
SIX: Turn the pillow right-side-out through the hole left in the seam. Use a chopstick or skewer to turn out the corners sharply.
SEVEN: Press the pillow one last time after it’s turned right-side out.
EIGHT: In a separate container, mix the rice, Lavender Grade 1 and optional Hungarian Lavender Essential oil.
NINE: Place a funnel into the hole that was left in the pillow and pour the lavender/rice/essential oil mix in. Make sure that the funnel’s spout is big enough for the rice and lavender herb to get through!
TEN: Finish the pillow by edge-stitching the hole closed, back-tacking at the beginning and end of the stitch.
That’s it! You’re done. You can use this for a hot or a cold eye pillow. Put in freezer to cool tired eyes or put in the microwave for 15 seconds and make adorable hand pocket warmers for winter.