How to Make an Herbal Eye Pillow

Herbal Eye Pillow

 I thought I would share with you how I made this lovely herbal eye pillow in less than an hour today. (add photos)

I am making these to use with my massage clients.  They are divine laid over the eyes just as they are, but they can also be heated or cooled to make a hot or cold pack.  Just pop them in the freezer for a couple of hours, or sprinkle some water on them and microwave them for about a minute or two.  Very nice to sooth a headache or a muscle ache. And they are super easy to make and fast.  I literally spent less than an hour doing this, from start to finish.

Warning: I do not measure anything, so if you need exact measurements these are not the instructions for you!

First gather the materials

You will need some fabric, some dried herbs, and some flax seed or rice, plus your usual sewing tools and thread.  The flax or rice will help to hold the heat or cold if you use it as a hot or cold pack, and give it some weight to help hold it in place on the body. The herbs should be something that smells nice.  You can choose something relaxing like lavender buds or rose petals, or something more energetic like peppermint or rosemary, or any kind of pleasant combination you can think of!  You want to choose a fairly sturdy fabric that will not pull apart at the seams or let the herbs or the flax/rice poke through with use over time.

I have a big box of fabric scraps that I have saved over the years from various sewing projects.  I chose a nice thick flannel for the main pillow.  This will hold up for a long time, and can be wet for the microwave without leaving water spots on the fabric.  Because I am wanting to reuse mine with multiple clients, I also made a removable cover that can be washed between clients. For the cover I chose a more elegant silky fabric.  I chose to fill my pillow with lavender buds and flax as these were what I had on hand at the moment.

Next, make the pillow

Make two layers of fabric, wrong side out, and then eyeball about how big you want the finished pillow to be.  Add just a little more all around to allow for the seam.  Cut the fabric to the desired size.  This does not have to be exact!  Just think of the average face and about how big it should be to cover the eyes comfortably.

Sew the two layers together, but leave one side open so you can fill it with the herbs and flax. Flip it right side out before filling.

Fill with your herbs and flax or rice.  I did one scoop of flax, then one scoop of lavender, then one scoop of flax… and so on until it was full.

Finally, tuck the raw edges of the open end inside and sew it up.  I used the sewing machine because it was faster, but if you don’t want your stitches to show you could do it with a needle and thread and hide them.

If desired, make a removable cover. For this you want to make a little envelope for the pillow that can be taken off and washed when necessary.

To cut the fabric, you can use your finished pillow as a guide.  I laid mine on the fabric and wrapped it up to see how big it needed to be (allowing for the seams… don’t forget the seams!).  It’s okay if the finished cover is a little big, but not okay if it is too small, so err on the side of slightly larger than you think you will need.

After the fabric is cut to the desired size, hem the edges that will overlap and open to take the pillow in and out (see photos of finished cover above and hemming below).

Fold the fabric wrong side out with the hemmed edges overlapping by about an inch or so.  Sew the ends together.

Flip it right side out and you are done!  Then you will just need to tuck your pillow inside.

Viola! You have a beautiful new herbal eye pillow!  (And, I swear, it took me longer to put this blog post together than it did to make the pillow!)


7 Responses to “How to Make an Herbal Eye Pillow”

  1. Wendy on 13 Jan 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Tammy that is awesome! I didn’t realize you were a massage therapist until now. Too bad you don’t live closer.

    Thanks for the great post.

  2. Sarah Head on 14 Jan 2009 at 8:45 am

    Lovely post, Tammy, just the kind of project for days inside! I’m hopeless at most craft work. I still have the contents for a herbal pillow that I picked up at a Herb Society AGM many years ago sitting in the bottom of my wardrobe. If anyone does want instructions for various kinds of herbal pillows, can I recommend Christina Stapeley’s Herbcraft Naturally? Christina is an experienced herbalist who does a lot of re-enactment herbal activities. Very nice lady. You can order the book from It covers various different crafts including weaving and making herbal liqueurs. I’ve used my copy so much it is beginning to fall apart at the seams!

  3. Penny on 14 Jan 2009 at 3:26 pm

    Tammy as usual a great article I love lavender and I am with the others I wish I lived closer to you!!!!!

    It’s cold here–day time temps are a high of 8–YIPPEE a heat wave compared to what we are expecting in the next couple of days.

    Stay warm and keep sending us the great articles we might get some warm days for root digging soon I hope!!!

  4. tammyon 16 Jan 2009 at 11:17 pm

    thanks ladies! if you’re ever in the area, look me up! lol Thanks for the book suggestion, Sarah!

  5. ICQB on 22 Jan 2009 at 12:58 pm

    It is very cold out. Here, you would have to remove over a foot of snow before you could even begin to dig!

    Thanks for the wonderful eye pillow how-to!

  6. Kristena on 05 Mar 2009 at 4:29 pm

    I am so glad to find your blog. The link on my blog did not work and I thought…where did she go???

    It was me and my typos-figures

  7. Kratom on 10 Sep 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Thanks for the detailed info on making one of these eye pillows. The pics make it much easier to understand, at least for me.

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