DIY Lavender Eye Pillows and a GIVEAWAY

June 18, 2010

Greetings friends, happy Friday !  You all know I’m on a lavender kick lately as I’m harvesting my plants in my garden.   I’ve made plenty of bouquets this week to give to all my neighbors and friends.  My entire house is filled with the scent right now.

Lavender is one of the most soothing herbal remedies, so much so it helps you sleep better !   So this week, I put my dried lavender to good use by making some eye pillows with linen fabric and simple embroidery.  


cg do not disturb pillows    


Here’s my step-by-step how I made these lavender eye pillows:

Supplies:  Fabric of choice; fabric lining (optional); dried lavender (approx 1.5 cups for each pillow); organic rice or flax seed; sewing machine; embroidery hoop & thread (optional); ink jet printer; scissors; masking tape; cardstock. 

First, I cut my linen fabric to approximately 8” x 10”, then used masking tape to attach it to cardstock.  Make sure your fabric is perfectly flat to the cardstock or it will cause a paper jam.   

tape linen to cardstock


Next, I centered this image below in a Word document, then ran it through my computer printer !     Printing with black ink comes out dark brown on the linen. 

do not disturb image

Note, the ink when dry is steadfast to the fabric and won’t run, but try not to get it wet, because it can bleed just a bit. 

I hand embroidered the details of the lavender sprig to the linen with a small hoop and some deep purple thread. 

hand embroidered detail 

Next, I cut some fabric lining to the same size as my linen, then sewed my lining and printed linen inside out on three sides.  The lining is optional, but I think it helps keep the outside fabric texture smoother to the touch, especially if using these on your eyes.   

sew together


To create lavender filling for pillows, combine 2 parts dried lavender to 1 part organic rice or flax seed.  You can use less lavender if necessary, but I have plenty so that’s my math and I’m sticking to it.   If you’re short on lavender, you can also use essential oils to enhance the scent of your flax seed or rice filling. 

lavender mixture


Fill your pillow with the lavender mixture, then hand sew fourth side together.

fill and sew


That’s it, easy peasy !

cg lavender eye pillows


Use them for relaxation, headache tension, or even tucked in your pillowcase or bureau drawer.   And did you know lavender is a natural moth deterrent ?  Place them in your closet as a repellant !  Or just leave them next to your bed as a soothing scent to drift away to slumber. 

  cg lavender eye sachets


Here’s the best part !  I’m giving FIVE of them away to you, my lovely readers, PLUS a bundle of fresh lavender, from my garden to your door. 

To be eligible, simply leave a comment – the FIVE winners will be chosen by  Giveaway ends Monday June 21st at 8 p.m. 






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634 Responses to “DIY Lavender Eye Pillows and a GIVEAWAY”

  1. L.Duncan says:

    Woot! What a great giveaway! Count me in please:-)

  2. Juice says:

    These are so gorgeous and pretty! And I too would never have thought of linen in a printer.

  3. Christine says:

    Omg! These are too too too cute! I’d love one for myself or my guest bedroom! :)

  4. Vicki says:

    These are so cute! I should really put Lavender on my “To Grow” list.

  5. Lisa says:

    Oh how I love your blog and all your great ideas! Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. Yulia says:

    How wonderful! Who couldn’t use some stress relief?

  7. Misty says:

    Lovely! I recently came across the lavendar bar soap at Trader Joe’s and am in love. The scent is wonderful and it got great scrubby hulls in it.

  8. Jennifer H. says:

    What a fab giveaway!! I would love love love to receive a bunch of your lavender!!

  9. Lone says:

    What a great giveaway. Love it.
    Thanks for sharing

  10. Christy R says:

    Brilliant. Lavender is one of my favorite scents. It is somehow a family happy smell to me.

  11. Julia E. says:

    I haven’t had any luck with these giveaways yet. With my DH out of town for bit, flying solo in the parenting dept., a tall glass of relax & refresh sounds good about now.

  12. Jo says:

    What a lovely gift! I hope I win!!

  13. ithaka says:

    oh! I need an eye pillow like this, since at 33 weeks pregnant my eyes are aching all the time!

  14. Kele says:

    Just found this…am I in time? I adore the scent of lavender…

  15. liz says:

    I hope I win! I never win anything!

  16. Stacey says:

    Love this idea…so cute! It would be a nice treat for overnight guests!

  17. Alisa D says:

    These are gorgeous! Great job!

  18. Val says:

    Beautiful and inspiring! Love them! :)

  19. Cara says:

    Love this idea! I don’t have as much lavender as you, but I think this is the perfect way to use my dried lavender.

  20. Jen says:

    Such a lovely giveaway!

  21. val says:

    so nice of you. its really pretty by the way

  22. glenda says:

    Oops! I did something wrong. Just want to say I love these! and love your blog. Thanks for sharing.

  23. Rachel says:

    These are gorgeous! Thanks so much for the how-to, I’ll be linking.

  24. even-star says:

    I grow so much lavender and never know what to do with it all. I had no idea you coud print on fabric like that. Was it laser or ink jet?

  25. angela says:

    have you ever put in some dried spearmint with the lavender and flax? It is so fresh but deeply relaxing, the perfect combination! Some one gave me one and my 4 year old and I are always trying to sleep with it and have worn a whole in it already. He calls it his snuggy and loves the smell. If you are a fan of lavender there is no doubt you will love this.

  26. Cindy says:

    These are beautiful and useful as well. Where did you get your font? There are so many out there wouldn’t know where to start.

  27. Katharine says:

    What kind of lavender did you grow? Thanks!

  28. Kimberly says:

    I adore lavender. I grow two kinds in my garden here in Georgia. Would love to visit a lavender farm. I have migraines and the scent is soothing to me. Thank you for the post.

  29. These are really beautiful. I never would have thought to use my printer to print on fabric. I need to try that! And that simple embroidery is such a sweet touch.

  30. I love it! My name is Carol and I live in Brazil. Lavender reminds me of my childhood with my sister, who now lives far from me in Los Angeles. I would love to win this gift just to send her home so she can remember me too. Awnnn …

  31. Meghan says:

    Wow. What a genius idea, my jaw was on the floor when I read that you printed these on a printer! Who woulda thought?!

  32. Sue says:

    Love this tutorial! Great Sunday morning project! My printer didn’t like cardstock+tape+fabric so I ironed the fabric on freezer paper…worked great. Thank you for sharing your pattern; it makes this project so beautiful! Loving your blog…I must go get another cup of coffee!

  33. Marcie says:

    Love your post. I was wondering, when you harvest your lavender, do you wash/rinse what you cut before you hang it to dry?

  34. CentsationalGirl says:

    No Marcie, no rinsing, just cut it at the base of the stem and hang it upsidedown to dry in bundles.

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