You will soon come to realize that I have a tiny (okay, HUGE) fabric addiction! Me in the fabric store is like a kid in a candy shop! I want to touch everything and buy it all! Sometimes I'll fall in love with a pattern on a piece of fabric and buy it without any idea of what I'll make.
Our project for today is very simple and great for beginners. You don't need a lot of fabric for it, so it's a perfect project to use your scrap bin (or bins in my case!)
We'll be making a lavender eye pillow! Which I think is perfect for me, since one of my New Years Resolutions is to spend more ME time! Life can get so busy sometimes with endless to-do's lists. I'm making a point of spending 15-20 per day to go for a walk, read a book or meditate, which is why I wanted to make a lavender eye pillow. They are great for relaxing. You can put them in the microwave if you like a little heat or leave it in the freezer and pull it out when you get a headache!
They make a great gift too! Don't forget to Pin this idea and make one for the next Birthday Gift you need or even Mother's Day!
If your fabric is wrinkly like mine you'll want to iron it first. This will help you cut your fabric accurately and make sewing easier.
Next, cut 2 pieces of fabric approximately 4.5" x 11.5". This doesn't have to be exact. If your fabric will only allow you 4"x11", it's not the end of the world! And if you want your eye pillow to cover more of your face/head then feel free to make it bigger :)
Put your 2 pieces of fabric RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER, which means the pattern on both pieces should be facing inward. Pin in in place if you are not comfortable sewing as is.
Now you are ready to sew your pieces together! Start in the middle at one shorter ends like in the picture below. You will sew all the way around until you are back at the same top but don't sew to where you started, leave a gap about an inch wide.
**TIP TIME: When you start sewing and when you come to an end, it's best if you run the needle back and forth once or twice to really close that stitch up. It will keep your stitch from coming undone later when we flip the fabric the right side in
Cut off any loose threads and cut the corner (like shown in the picture) This will allow your corners to be squared up and not bulky.
Next, using the hole you left at the top, turn the material to the nice pattern you chose is now visible! Once it's the right way, I like to iron all the edges, again to it's easier (and straighter to sew).
Now I like to sew around the whole piece again (except over the hole) I do this fairly close to the edge of the fabric. This just makes sure that it stays together for many years and no filling has a chance to sneak out!
Now your eye pillow is ready to be filled! Put the funnel in your hole and pour the filling in mixed with lavender. I use about 1 cup of buckwheat and 1 Tbls of lavender. Buckwheat can be pricey and sometimes hard to find, so you can use rice or barley or any another kind of oat. Just watch out because some smell worse then others. I find the buckwheat to be odourless and I like the texture.
You can also substitute the lavender for another smell, like dried eucalyptus. I grow my own lavender and absolutely love the smell and find it very relaxing.
Once you have found the consistency you like your eye pillow to be filled at, you can sew up the hole on the end. Make sure you stitch over it 2-3 times to secure it tightly!
If you're heating it in the microwave, I recommend putting a cup of water on the microwave plate with it and heat it in 30 sec intervals until you've reach the desired heat.
If you're freezing it, put it in the freezer for about an hour before use! Enjoy!
I'm Amanda -a wife, mom of two and small business owner- living on the West Coast and sharing my love of crafting with you! Here you'll find DIY projects, tutorials, crafting tips and so much more!