Lavender Eye Pillow from Vintage Fabric and Calming Essential Oils

Lavender Eye Pillow from Vintage Fabric and Calming Essential Oils

As a woman who suffers from frequent headaches- both migraine and sinus pressure- a lavender eye pillow is a must-have in my bedside table. I’ve had the same one for years, made from silky satin with just the perfect amount of weight for my eyes. Making my own version was never on my crafting to-do list…until 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 eye pillows to use as stress relief! So, I selected two scarves from Kate’s stash, washed them, and got to work.

Vintage scarves that will be upcycled into eye pillows or a lavender eye pillow

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Lavender Eye Pillow from Vintage Fabric or Scarf Fabric

First, I created a 10” X  5” template (a good size for a lavender eye pillow) on scrap paper. Then, I fixed it to the scarf fabric with painter’s tape (no extra pin holes!)

Measuring the amount of scarf fabric that will be needed for lavender eye pillow or stress relief products

I cut out two rectangles of the vintage fabric with 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.

I also reused my painter’s tape to mark the “wrong” side of the scarf fabric.

Using decoupage glue or Mod Podge to keep ends of scarf fabric from fraying or unraveling

While the Mod Podge dried, I cut out two same-size rectangles using muslin cloth. The muslin will give the lavender eye pillow a little more strength while still allowing the fragrance to come through.

Muslin cloth to line the inside of a lavender eye pillow that is made with scarf fabric

Next, I assembled the lavender eye pillow for sewing in the following order:

  1. Muslin cloth;
  2. Scarf fabric with right side facing up;
  3. Scarf fabric with right side facing down; and
  4. Muslin cloth.

I pinned them together before heading to my sewing machine.

Making a lavender eye pillow by sewing a bag made of muslin cloth and scarf fabric

I stitched along all sides but one of the short (i.e., 5”) sides. Then, I did the same thing again as insurance policy (i.e., a second line of stitches).

Next, I turned it right-side-out, tucked in the open (non-sewn) side, and pinned it shut about ⅔ of the way down. I then stitched that ⅔ portion closed, leaving a small opening (1″ or less) at one end.

Leaving an opening in the eye pillows for adding the flax seed and calming essential oils and dried lavender flowers

Stress Relief Products and Lavender Eye Pillow from Vintage Fabric

Now I could add the filler for my lavender eye pillow!

I used inexpensive flax seed from my supermarket, dried lavender flowers, and a few drops of calming essential oils (i.e., lavender oil).

Components of a lavender eye pillow include the flax seed and dried lavender flowers and calming essential oils

I mixed up the following in a bowl:

  • 1¼ cup of flax seed;
  • ¼ cup plus 2 rounded tablespoons of dried lavender flowers; and
  • 3-4 drops of calming essential oils. Use more for a stronger fragrance.

Back to the lavender eye pillow. I inserted a funnel through the remaining opening, and carefully poured my scented seed mixture into the bag.

Craft funnel to fill up a lavender eye pillow with stress relief products such as calming essential oils and flax seed

I like a lavender eye pillow 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.

Lavender eye pillow that was made with vintage fabric and calming essential oils for stress relief products

The lavender is wonderfully soothing for stressful days. Laying one across my eyes while I rest in a dark room is wonderfully calming.

But I also suffer from sinus headaches. So I made a separate one using that red scarf.

For my sinus relief eye pillow, I made a mixture of 1½ 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!

Eye pillows that are made with vintage fabric and dried lavender flowers and calming essential oils

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!

And if you enjoyed this upcycling idea for stress relief products, then you’ll love these shower tablets that I made in butter molds from the thrift store!

How to use essential oils for sinuses to make the shower tablets in candy molds

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How to make the stress relief products such as eye pillows with calming essential oils and dried lavender flowers


  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. 🙂

    Life With Lorelai

  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.


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

  11. beautiful job Sarah! Catching you this week!


  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!

    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.

  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:

    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?

  20. This is and awesome tutorial, I can’t wait to try it! Never thought to make eye pillows for relaxation. Very interesting.

  21. These look beautiful and I’d like to try making some for myself & for gifts. One question, when you use them, do you warm them up in the microwave first or just use at room temp?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says

      I don’t warm them up…in fact, when I have a headache, I prefer something cooler on my eyes…so 10 mins in the fridge makes it nice and cool (but not icy cold).

  22. This sounds amazing!. After working on computer whole day my eyes feel so tired. So I need this eye pillow. Thanks for explaining each step to making this eye pillow.


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