How-to: Sew a Soothing Scented Buckwheat Eye Pillow

fill the eye pillow with buckwheat and dried herbsOnce the eye pillow is right sides out, top stitch around the perimeter, excepting only the open part of the seam. Later, when you close that seam with top stitching, too, all the stitches will match.

Fill the eye pillow with buckwheat and dried herbs. Lavender is a common choice, although I use dried peppermint in my family’s eye pillows, because it’s my most soothing scent. You won’t want to fill your eye pillow more than halfway full, probably, both because an overstuffed eye pillow won’t drape well, and because it will become really difficult to machine sew shut.

Pin the open seam, then sew it shut, using the same stitch and thread that you used to top stitch the rest of the perimeter of the pillow.

You can store your eye pillows along with your rice pillows in the linen closet. However, although rice pillows are often heated before they’re used, eye pillows are often chilled, so you can also store them right in the refrigerator or freezer. In a pinch, a chilled eye pillow is also excellent first-aid for bumps and bruises and sprains.

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.


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  1. The idea of the cool buckwheat eye pillow sounds very soothing to the brow of the stressed person. Would definitely like to try this craft. Thank you for the idea.

  2. Soothing eye pillow provides relief for migraines, headaches, sinus pain, and puffy eyes. These eye pillows are also great for deep relaxation. Thanks for describing each step briefly to make this eye pillow.

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