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. Pam says:

    Love these! So pretty and delicate with the script you used!

  2. Pam says:

    Oh, these are so pretty!

  3. Chris says:

    0h i love smelling lavender…..i have some spray oil that i spray on quilts and pillows in guest room and my great room due to company stopping in is a quick freshen up process…so i would love to be so lucky to win this wonderful gift. ty for the chance

  4. Sharie says:

    They are gorgeous! What a wonderful idea. I’m always up for anything that can help me sleep better and I love the design. Very clever!

  5. You are beyond talented Kate! Please, put my name in the hat! With 3 young kids, 2 cats and now a hamster (!) I could use some lavender to keep me sane, relaxed and beautiful!

    Gorgeous sachets! I had to scroll back a few times.

    Ox, Mon

  6. Donna says:

    Love, love, love lavender! Such a pretty idea.

  7. Bekah says:

    How great! I would love one!

  8. Becky says:

    Oh I love lavendar! How cute those are!!

  9. Lucy says:

    Great job–and what a wonderful giveaway!

  10. kathy from ct says:

    scentsational! what a delight!

  11. Dominique D says:

    I love lavender! And I can’t believe so many ppl entered this giveaway….crazy!

  12. I would love to win one of these!

  13. Pat says:

    I love these! They look so professional ~ you did a wonderful job. Lavender is so soothing and yes, I love it in closets as a moth preventative.

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win ~ and the tutorial.

  14. Betty Rodriguez says:

    I want one I want one!! I always wanted to have one and my birthday is in just a few days! That would be a great birthday present for sure!!

  15. Crystal says:

    Oh how I would love to win this gorgeous lavender eye mask! It would be perfect timing too as my birthday is Friday. Not to mention, I’m absolutely obsessed with all things lavender. I just started following your blog & am really enjoying it. Thank you for all the beautiful pictures you post.

  16. Nancy says:

    How sweet and generous of you to offer your precious lavender to some of your readers. Thank you for giving me a chance. Love your blog.

  17. Kim says:

    OH what a dreamy giveaway! & seriously, how generous of you!!

    I just added this project to my ‘someday’ list as well as planting lavendar next year! Thanks for the step-by-step!

  18. Kyria says:

    I’ve been browsing your blog and enjoying seeing the pretty things you make. I’m planning to make some of them myself!

    Please enter me in the giveaway. thanks!

  19. Paige says:

    Love them! They look so professional!

  20. Roberta says:

    Wow what a wonderful giveaway…love the embroidery the most :D So sweet of you to give them away and I’d love some lavendar as well. It makes me think of the french widowsills with the lavender placed there as bug deterents…especially scorpions! Have a great day, fondly, Roberta

  21. Kelley M. says:

    Those turned out SO cute, Kate! Thanks so much for sharing your secret to printing on fabric. I had no idea! Thanks, too, for the giveaway. :) Hope you’re having a lovely weekend.

  22. Tracey says:

    These are beautiful! I have loved seeing your lavender–but would love having some in my home even more–thank you for a great giveaway.

  23. Pat says:

    I love the scent and beauty of lavender but I’ve never had much luck growing it. I am so impressed with your garden. You have the touch! Thanks for offering your readers the opportunity to share some of your beautiful lavender.

  24. MrsSW says:

    These are so pretty! Thanks for sharing. :)

  25. Angie says:

    These are beautiful! I love the smell of lavender….it’s my favorite!

  26. Roxanne says:

    Love this! What a simple and great idea. I never knew you could print on fabric with a regular printer. I’m going to have to try this out!

  27. I love lavender, my absolute favorite scent. Please, put my name in for the drawing.
    Thank you, Cheryl

  28. Beth F. says:

    They look fabulous and relaxing. I love everything lavender! (Even my bedroom and bathroom are shades of lavender).

  29. Heldy says:

    Oh, the smell of lavender! How absolutely relaxing and calming. What a sweet giveaway!

  30. Bridget says:

    Oh. Man. I wasn’t expecting to have the chance to win anything – thanks!

  31. Deb says:

    So pretty! I would love to win one of these! xo

  32. Priscilla says:

    What a cute idea! I love the rustic yet chic look of the burlap material!

  33. Heather says:

    Would love these beauties!!

  34. Elaine Pierson says:

    So lovely! How crafty are you!

  35. Diane B says:

    These are lovely! I love the smell of lavendar – I used to have lavendar in my herb garden, until the frost got it last year . . . . hopefully all will get replanted this year! Thanks for the chance to win!

  36. Leslie says:

    I love lavender. What a great idea!

  37. Kris says:

    Oooh La La! I have a headache! Boy would one of these be nice!

  38. Ansley says:

    Oh, the extra sleep from this precious eye pillow may help me get over my summer cold.

  39. Amanda says:

    Wow, I would love to fall asleep with this every night!

  40. Sherri says:

    Wow, these are really great!

  41. Colleen says:

    Long time reader, first time commenter. Love these…almost as much as I love sleep. :)

  42. Sarah B. says:

    Would love to win this…they are beautiful!!!

  43. Danielle says:

    What a beautiful item! Thanks for the opportunity to win a lovely gift. I just love handmade things!

  44. michelle says:

    I LOVE lavender!! Great giveaway. :)

  45. elizabeth o says:

    I love English lavender but don’t see the plants when I quickly peruse through nurseries. Any tips on where to buy plants/how to grow your own?

  46. Alexis says:

    Lavender is lovely!

  47. Chrysi says:

    Beautiful! I really need to plant some lavender in my garden.

  48. Karen says:

    I love your blog. I visit everyday and look forward to what cool idea’s you come up with! Thanks for the inspirations!!

  49. ~M~ says:

    What a wonderfu idea! I absolutely love using lavendar oil. This would be even better! Thank you.

  50. Bobbi says:

    So glad you posted a link to your blog on a parenting forum we both happen to be on! I have gotten lots of inspiration from you! We are getting ready to move and I am excited to use what I have learned here in the new house.

    From Middletown to the Wine Country! :)


  51. Kelly says:

    Oh I love the scent of lavender, unfortunately I can’t seem to grow it in my garden here in Georgia! Also, made you Best Marinade EVER recipe with chicken this past week and it was an absolute hit, it is my go to recipe from now on! Grilled it this time, but can’t wait to try it on the stove top with the amazing sauce!

  52. Susan says:

    Aaahh, lavender – it’s my go to stress reliever, relaxation inducer and insomnia remedy!

  53. Amy says:

    Ohhhh, how I love the smell of lavender. Wish it would grow here in AR!

  54. Julie says:

    These are so beautiful! What talent you have!!

  55. barbara jean says:

    ooh. yummy!!lots of entrees here but i will try anyway.

    tahnks for great instructions too.
    your embroidery is sooo perfect!!


    barbara jean

  56. Sandra Perkins says:

    I would love to win one of these, thank you!

  57. Susan says:

    These eye pillows are lovely and yet so simple. Wonderful how-to with detailed instructions. I am thinking I may have to learn how to grow lavender. :)

  58. Rebecca says:

    I am so crazy about lavender! Just threw out my old eye pillow, and so I would be so thrilled to have a new one, LOVE YOUR BLOG! Thanks! :)

  59. Nadir@hodgepodge says:

    What a great idea & such a great gift! I bet it smells heavenly! :-)

  60. Linda says:

    I love your website. I read it first thing every morning. And I love these lavender pillows! Thanks for all your great ideas.

  61. Lisa S. says:

    Gorgeous Kate as always!

  62. Amanda says:


  63. Cathy says:

    I love reading your blog to jump start my day. Thanks for the giveaway!

  64. Christie says:

    I recently discovered your website and I cannot tell you how much happiness it brings to my day to see all of your creative and inspiring ideas. I absolutely adore your blog and this giveaway is fantastic! I would LOVE to win this contest because I am dying to make the lavender lemon cake that you posted a few days ago. :-)

  65. Jennifer says:

    These make me swoon! Love them! Very insightful to see the fabric run thru the printer – can’t wait to test that trick! My Monday is now a little more inspiring… :)

  66. Jen says:

    These are awesome! I have to try this out!

  67. Celia says:

    I love your pillows! What kind of printer do you have?



  68. TAS says:

    I love fresh lavendar! and you do an awesome blog!

  69. Amy P says:

    Oh, I love this giveaway! We had potted lavender at our wedding 12 years ago! It smells so wonderful! My husband secretly LOVES lavender scented lotions! Shhhh, don’t tell him that I told you! I would love to surprise him with this amazing prize on our anniversary next month!! Nice work!

    mypatzer at yahoo dot com

  70. Carrie Hays says:

    These are just beautiful!

  71. Michele says:

    I planted two lavendar plants this spring. they are still tiny but hoprfully in a few years, and with a few more plants, I can harvest my own too!

  72. Jen says:

    I love these, they are so beautiful and simple. I love the smell of Lavender. Growing up in Scotland, my grandpa had a massive lavender bush outside, so it always reminds me of home. Unfortunately I haven’t figured out how to grow it here in Florida without killing it. :o(

  73. Nancy says:

    Would have NEVER thought to put linen through the printer. Can’t wait to try that. The little sachets would certainly make lovely little gifts. Thanks for the nice tutorial!

  74. Rebekah says:

    So beautiful, Kate. Thanks for sharing your bountiful lavender harvest! :)

  75. Funcal says:

    Those look so sothing! I love lavendar and I’m inspired to try this project. Thank you for sharing.

  76. Erin says:

    These are beautiful! Thanks for the tutorial. You are so creative, Kate!

  77. Allison112 says:

    These look so lovely! I may try my hand at these soon.

  78. Liz B. says:

    Lavender is my absolute favorite! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  79. Shreya says:

    These are perfect – their beauty lies in their simplicity!
    Thank you for the tutorial :)
    I love love love Lavender!

  80. Erin S says:

    How beautiful! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  81. Rebekah says:

    Oh, how lovely! Thanks so much for the chance to win! I love your blog, by the way :)

  82. This would be a wonderful present for my constantly harried S-I-L! Thank you for the lovely tutorial.

  83. Candy says:

    Oh, lavender is so good for falling asleep! I have tried to grow it,but mine always seem to die! I would truly love a pillow, and always enjoy your tutorials. I am going to try to find a “diamond in the rough” this summer and re paint it, just because you have inspired me!

  84. Nora says:

    simply beautiful!! thank you!!!

  85. CJ Vierow says:

    Pretty, pretty, pretty!!! Love the color of these flowers and the smell is awesome. Would make a great present for my birthday, which is today :-) CJ

  86. Catherine says:

    LOVE these. I have made rice heat packs in the past, but this is such a lovely alternative, and I bet they smell amazing. You are so clever to print on linen! Thanks for sharing :)

  87. Kristin says:

    I loooooooooove lavender!

  88. Julie says:

    Those are so nice. Please enter me.

  89. sharon a says:

    These are sooooo pretty and I could drift off to sleep just reading about them. Perhaps I should plant lavender next year?? Great ideal using the card stock to run the linen through the printer! great tip!

  90. Karen says:

    I love these. How creative and fun! Thank you for sharing the step-by-step instructions.

  91. Kimberly says:

    Those little pillows are beautiful! A little piece of luxury for sure. I’m so excited for our upcoming lavender festival this July.

  92. kelley says:

    Love lavendar and just tried my hand this year at growing it. I’ve planted 6 plants … they are SO pretty!

  93. Jill P says:

    oooh i love these! and i love fresh lavendar. thanks for the give-away!

  94. Anny says:

    Oh count me in! I love lavender :D

  95. Tiffany says:

    Wow, what a wonderful idea. I’ve been trying to grow lavender, but it doesn’t seem to agree with this south texas heat this summer. It’s all dried out :P

  96. Amber says:

    Okay, so… there’s almost 600 comments here. The chances that I’m going to win one of these things is slim to none.


    They are absolutely adorable. I love lavender. And I’ve had you added to my feed reader and have been quietly reading for about a month now.

    I figured… why not come out of hiding and say hello? Especially when I could MAYBE win an adorable item in the process lol.

    So… hello there! :) And… please add me to the Random Counter Thingy! =)

    Also: Keep up the good work! I enjoy reading your posts!

  97. Cassie says:

    Love these babies! Great giveaway!!

  98. Elizabeth says:

    What a great idea! I need to go cut some of my lavender tonight!

  99. Elizabeth says:

    Such a great idea. I love it! Now, if I could only find the time to try to make one for myself.

  100. Kelly says:

    I wish that I was a talented gardner! However I seem to kill every plant I get, including the lavender one I got as a gift earlier this year. What a fantastic idea. Very Cute

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