As a woman who suffers from frequent headaches- both migraine and sinus pressure- an aromatherapy eye pillow is a must-have in my bedside table. I’ve had the same one for years, made from silky satin and scented with lavender.
Making my own version was never on my crafting to-do list…until the incomparable Kate DiNatale Vintage gifted me with a bag full of vintage scarves that were too blemished to sell. They had minor tears or stains…making them perfect candidates for repurposing.
Because many of them are silky-smooth, I decided they’d be perfect for DIY Aromatherapy eye pillows! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.
Making DIY Aromatherapy Eye Pillows
So, I selected two scarves from Kate’s stash, washed them, and got to work.
I first created a 10” X 5” template (a good size for eye pillows) on scrap paper, then fixed it to the scarf with painter’s tape (no extra pin holes!)
I cut out two silky rectangles using pinking shears and dabbed on a wee bit of Mod Podge along the raw edges to eliminate fraying. If you recall my fabric spool necklaces, I always use Mod Podge on non-stick tin foil. And I reused my painter’s tape to mark the “bad” side of the scarf fabric.
While the Mod Podge dried, I cut out two same-size rectangles using plain old muslin cloth. The muslin will give the eye pillow a little more strength while still allowing the fragrance to come through.
Then I assembled my eye pillow for sewing: (1) muslin, (2) scarf with good size facing up, (3) scarf with good side facing down, and (4) muslin. I pinned then together before heading to my sewing machine.
I stitched along all sides but one of the short (i.e., 5”) sides, and did the same thing again as insurance policy (i.e., a second line of stitches). Then I turned it right-side-out, tucked in the open (non-sewn) side, and pinned it shut about ⅔ of the way down. Then I stitched that ⅔ portion closed, leaving a small opening.
Now comes the filler! I used inexpensive flax seed from my supermarket, dried lavender from The Lavender Farm Shop (a lavender farm located in York, South Carolina- can you believe it?!), and a few drops of pure lavender essential oil that I had picked up at Nourish in Savannah, Georgia.
I mixed up the following in a bowl:
- 1 ¼ cup of flax seed
- ¼ cup plus 2 rounded tablespoons lavender (with stems picked out)
- 3-4 drops essential oil
Back to the eye pillow- I inserted a funnel through the remaining opening, and carefully poured my scented seed mixture into the bag.
I like the bag to be just over ½ full- it seems to be the perfect weight on my eyes, and contours my face just right. Once the mixture was in the bag, I finished closing the end, and then I re-stitched along that same seam- again, just for insurance.
Did it Work??
The lavender is wonderfully soothing for my migraines! But you may recall I also mentioned sinus headaches. So I made a separate one using that red scarf. For my sinus pillow, I made a mixture of 1 ½ cups flax seed and 5-6 drops of DoTerra Breathe essential oil. I LOVE this scent, and it really does sooth the sinuses. Now I have two perfectly relaxing eye pillows!
I can’t tell you how wonderful it is to use these vintage scarves for this project, and I love having individual eye pillows (in retro designs!) for various ailments. Repurposing to the rescue, I say!