Hi, my name is Amanda from CottonBlossomThreads and I’m going to teach you how to make a scented eye pillow that you can heat up in the microwave.
Flaxseeds hold heat better than rice and they don’t go rancid as easily. These are great for headaches or any type of tension in your neck. I fill mine with a mix of flaxseeds and lavender oil, but you could also use lavender buds if you have those. Lavender is great for relaxing muscles and helps with stress, as well. Perfect gift for anyone.
First, gather your materials. You will need:
- Lavender essential oil
- Two pieces of fabric measuring 9”x 5”
- Bowl, spoon and funnel
Add a few drops of oil to your flaxseed and stir it around. It will smell wonderful. Set that aside for now. Cut out your fabric pieces (9”x 5”) and place right sides together. You are going to sew all the way around the fabric with a ½ inch seam and leave a small opening on the side for turning.
You also could make your eye pillow larger or smaller depending on your preference. You will need more flaxseed to fill the pillow if you choose to make it larger.
Start sewing and backstitch to reinforce the stitching on one side of the pillow. When you come to the end, leave an opening, about several inches long. Clip your corners with sharp scissors, being careful to not cut into the seam allowance. Clipping the corners will help them be more pointed and cut down on the bulk, as well. After clipping, turn your pillow right side out using a chopstick or your fingers.
Once your pillow is right side out, corners pushed out as well, then fill with flaxseeds. I typically fill my pillows a little over halfway full when I’m holding it upright. That gives me a good amount of seeds that will lay comfortably over my eyes or forehead.
Now that your pillow is full of lavender scented flaxseeds, carefully take the pillow back to the sewing machine and pin the opening closed making sure the raw edges are folded inside the pillow. Another good reason not to overfill the pillow is so that the seeds do not spill out when sewing it closed.
Sew the opening shut with a ¼ inch seam allowance, including a label if you have one. Your pillow is done!
Add a gift tag telling the recipient to microwave for 30 seconds and watch their tension melt away!