I’ve always wanted to make a lavender eye pillow. When I was in Paris I even brought home some French dried lavender. I searched the web for just the right tutorial and didn’t find exactly what I wanted, so I decided to create my own version. I give credit at the bottom of this post to those tutorials already posted on the Internet where I got my ideas for finished size, amounts of filling to use, and the separate cover.
What you will need:
- 4.5” x 18.5” Muslin or any fabric you want for the inner pillow. It will be hidden inside the cover.
- 5” x 22” Fabric for outer cover. I used a 100% cotton Asian print from Hoffman. You could also use a silk.
- 1 Cup Whole Flax Seed
- 1/2 Cup Dried Lavender
To make the pillow:
1. Cut your muslin fabric 4.5” by 18.5”. You will fold it in half lengthwise.
2. Press the narrow ends of the muslin under 1/4”.
3. Sew the side seams together on the muslin leaving the end open.
4. Turn the pillow right side out.
5. Measure out 1 cup of flax seed and 1/2 cup lavender.
6. Mix the flax seed and dried lavender together so they are well distributed. I used a flexible plastic container so I could squeeze the top like a spout when pouring into the opening of the pillow.
7. Pour the flax seed and lavender mix into the the open pouch.
8. Pin the open end together.
9. Stitch with a fairly small stitch to keep the filling from leaking. I used a 2.0 stitch to do this.
Your inner pillow is complete.
To make the cover:
1. Cut your cover fabric 5” x 22” or half the WOF is close enough. Perfect use for a FQ.
2. Press the narrow ends of the cover under 1/4” and top stitch.
3. Fold one end under approximately 1” and press.
4. Lay out the the outer fabric with right side up and center the pillow lengthwise.
5. Fold over the end with the folded edge to the middle first.
6. Then fold the end with the 1/4” hem on top.
7. Pin where these two edges meet. This is the back of the cover.
8. Remove the pillow from the cover and pin the back to the front so the folded edges are approximately in the middle.
9. Sew each side of the cover, backstitching at both ends.
10. Optionally, finish your seam allowance with a zigzag stitch or pinking shears.
11. Turn the cover right side out and poke out the corners so they are square.
12. Insert the pillow as you would any throw pillow into a cover with this type of opening.
Your pillow is finished!
I gave several of these as gifts this year for Christmas. I included a card that gave the contents of the filling and care instructions for the outer cover. They were a big hit.
My inspiration for making my own version of the pillow came surfing the Internet and more specifically from the following tutorials:
Feel free to use this tutorial to make your own eye pillow or gifts for others. But please do not publish these instructions as your own.
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