Aromatherapy Eye Pillow (Hot or Cold)

4 Materials
2 Hours

This scented eye pillow is perfect for relaxing at home during a bath or before you go to bed. They are also great to use (when cold) when you need to sooth sinus pain or reduce puffy eyes.

This makes a great gift!

While I used a sewing machine, you don't need a sewing machine to make this aromatherapy eye mask.

The lavender in this aromatherapy eye mask helps to relax you.

This is a great project to use up scraps of fabric or even turn material from worn out flannel shirts or clothing into something useful.

You probably don't need a liner fabric for your eye mask if you are using a thick fabric, such as flannel. However, if you are using a fancy fabric that is thin, like I did, I added a muslin liner to protect my eyes from the sharp edges of the rice and dried flowers. The liner also protects the fabric from being punctured or torn from the sharp bits inside.

How to Make a Rice Bag for Eyes

The size of fabric to make these eye masks is up to you. I cut fabric pieces 10 inches by 8 inches. Feel free to make yours bigger if you would like. The directions are the same regardless of what size fabric you use.


*ONLY use 100% cotton fabric if you plan on heating it in the microwave.

  • Fabric for inner liner* (I used 4 pieces of 10 in. X 8 In. muslin pieces)
  • Outer fabric* (I used 2 pieces of 10 in. X 8 In. velvet scrap fabric)
  • Thread
  • 1 cup dry, uncooked rice
  • 1 cup dried lavender flowers
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine (or could hand stitch)


Measure the fabric to be the size that you want. You will want both the inner liner (if you are using one) and the outer fabric to be the same size.

Place the cut piece of outer layer of fabric over the inner layer (if using one). You will want the right side of the fabric (the part you will see on the outside of the eye mask) facing up. Make two separate stacks of fabric like this.

Now, place one stack of fabric on the other, with the right sides of the fabric facing together.

Stitch around three sides of the eye pillow. You will stitch both long sides and a short side. Leave one short side open.

Turn the eye pillow inside out. You will now have the right sides facing out. If the corners of the rice bag need to be pushed out, you can use a chopstick or a pen to push them out from the inside.

Mix the rice and lavender together.

Add the rice and lavender mixture into your eye mask bag. You can use a funnel for this or roll up a piece of paper to make a temporary funnel to get the ingredients in more carefully. Leave about 2 inches of free space at the top so you can fold over the raw edges and sew them closed.

Tuck the edge of the short side under slightly, creating a finished edge of folded fabric.

Now, sew the short side together to finish off the pillow.

This pretty rice bag for eyes would be great as a gift paired with some other DIY spa-inspired items, such as my silky bath fizzies.

If you like sewing projects, here are many more easy things to sew.

Suggested materials:

  • Fabric   (Amazon)
  • Thread   (Amazon)
  • Dried lavender   (Amazon)
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