Retro Relaxation- Vintage Scarf Eye Pillows

Retro Relaxation- Vintage Scarf Eye Pillows

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.

Vintage scarf or scarves with Mod retro graphics to be repurposed into DIY aromatherapy eye pillow by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

The crafting candidates…

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!)

Vintage scarf or scarves with Mod retro graphics to be repurposed into DIY aromatherapy eye pillow by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Getting started

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.

Vintage scarf or scarves with Mod retro graphics to be repurposed into DIY aromatherapy eye pillow by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Mod Podge on a Mod Scarf!

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.

Vintage scarf or scarves with Mod retro graphics to be repurposed into DIY aromatherapy eye pillow by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

An inside layer

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.

Vintage scarf or scarves with Mod retro graphics to be repurposed into DIY aromatherapy eye pillow by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Fabric sandwich time!

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.

Vintage scarf or scarves with Mod retro graphics to be repurposed into DIY aromatherapy eye pillow by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Almost done!

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.

Vintage scarf or scarves with Mod retro graphics to be repurposed into DIY aromatherapy eye pillow by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

A soothing trio…

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.

Vintage scarf or scarves with Mod retro graphics to be repurposed into DIY aromatherapy eye pillow by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ready to pour in the good stuff!

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!

Vintage scarf or scarves with Mod retro graphics to be repurposed into DIY aromatherapy eye pillow by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ahhh…ready for some retro relaxation…

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!

Craft on!

S


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Vintage scarf or scarves with Mod retro graphics to be repurposed into DIY aromatherapy eye pillow by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Love it! Can’t wait to try.

  2. Just adorable! What a great idea.

  3. Great way to up-cycle! Thanks so much for linking this up at Best of the Weekend!

  4. Love this idea!

  5. I too have suffered from migraines for many years. I made these years ago with a friend but we used new fabric…love these. Just wanted to mention since giving up sugar (I follow Trim Healthy Mama plan–pretty much) and taking magnesium…my migraines have diminished in length and intensity. Sometimes I don’t even get them. Something to look into if yours are hormone related.

  6. What a wonderful project! I love lavender. My daughter gets horrible migraines, so this would be the perfect little gift for her– and so easy too! Thanks for sharing at the #HomeMattersParty – we hope to see you again next week. 🙂

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com says:

      I feel for your girl, Lorelai!! It is a difficult affliction…these block out all the light, too, which often brings me some comfort, as well.

  7. I love making eye pillows. There is a lavender festival in the spring in town. I hope to go again and get freshly dried. It smells so good! Thanks for sharing at the party. Theresa @DearCreatives

  8. I have never used an eye pillow but I want to now! Thank you very much for joining in the celebration of #purebloglove, we enjoy having you each week. I hope to see you on Thursday at 8PM, EST through Sunday night. ~Cydnee

  9. What a clever idea! Thanks so much for sharing this project with us. I have a few scarves I inherited from my Grandmother. What a great gift it would make for my aunts.

    Pinning!

  10. Very creative way to recycle an old scarf! Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

  11. beautiful job Sarah! Catching you this week!

    gail

  12. I love this idea, and I definitely have a few scarves this would be perfect for! Thanks for sharing on Best of the Weekend!

  13. Great idea. Love the fabric too!

  14. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

  15. Sharon | Her Organized Chaos says:

    This is a GREAT idea!! You always have such neat ideas that are really useful. Pinning and sharing. Thanks for sharing this at Totally Terrific Tuesday last week! I can’t wait to see what you have lined up for this week! Our party is live right now!

    Sharon
    Her Organized Chaos

  16. I make the same kind of thing, but I only use rice and lavender leaves. I find that the essential oil stained my fabric 🙁

  17. Jann Olson says:

    What a clever idea. I rarely get a headache. I can not even imagine how painful migraines are. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  18. This is SUCH a cute idea! 🙂

    I’d love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J

  19. Tracy Priest says:

    How long does the scent last? Do you have to periodically refill the pillow?

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