Retro Relaxation: Vintage Scarf Eye Pillows

Headaches can be such a...pain! But relaxing with an aromatherapy eye pillow can work wonders. And making your own customized eye pillow is easier than you think...especially if you have a blemished scarf that you can't wear anymore!
I started off with a couple of vintage scarves that couldn't be worn or sold...they had tears/holes, but much of the silky fabric was perfectly salvageable!
I made a 5" X 10" paper template and cut out two rectangles from a scarf.
I cut out two same-size triangles of basic muslin cloth, as well.
I assembled my eye pillow inside out for sewing, sandwiching the two pieces of scarf between the two pieces of muslin.
I double-stitched all the way around, but left a 1.5" opening on one of the short sides.
I mixed up 1 1/4 cup flax seeds, 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons of dried lavender, and 3-4 drops of lavender essential oil in a bowl.
I poured my mixture into the eye pillow using a funnel through the remaining open (unsewn) spot.
And then stitched it closed! Now I have a soothing eye pillow next time a headache strikes.

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1 question
  • Gail
    on Jun 24, 2017

    why flax seeds? could you use any other filler? thank you, gail
    • Daisy@TX
      on Oct 31, 2019

      Gail you can use dried Buckwheat or uncooked rice as well. I have made these as dream pillows.

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  • Jeano
    on Feb 21, 2017

    I'm thinking of putting freezer paks inside, help with swollen eyes.....

  • Bernie Bezar
    Bernie Bezar
    on Mar 3, 2017

    Great idea have silk scarves I have not worn in years . would they be able to be heated in the microwave ??

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