How to Make Lavender Eye Pillows

When Dan and I got married, his older brother and sister had already been married for several years and had children of their own. So I got not one, but two sisters and two brother in laws and at Christmas I wanted to give my sisters, a little holiday present they both would enjoy. Since they love yoga, I decided to make lavender eye pillows they could use for relaxation time.

These are so pretty, and easy to make. Plus they could be used to freshen up a drawer or closet. Here is how to make lavender eye pillows. I even made one for myself.

How to Make Lavender Eye Pillows

I made these pillows with an outer slipcover so it could be washed if needed. They can be made by just sewing a pillow with the fabric you want to use also.


  • Fabric of your choice. I used a thin liner fabric for the inside pillow and a nice printed fabric for the outside pillow cover.
  • Ribbon – To make a small tab to easily pull out the pillow
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Scissors
  • Rice
  • Lavender


1. Cut the 2 rectangles for the pillow. I cut them 4 inches by 9 inches, which I felt was a good size to cover your eyes when laying down.
2. Cut a short ribbon for the tab. This was about 3 inches long.

How to Sew Lavender Eye Pillows

3. Sew together 3 sides of the fabric together with the ribbon folded inside the fabric, so when you turn the fabric right side out, the ribbon will be sticking out.

4. After the three sides are sewn, turn it inside out. Next you’ll fill it with rice and lavender.

5. To make the mix, I used 1/3 cup of lavender and 2/3 cup of white rice. I choose rice since I know it can be warmed in the microwave for a toasty and relaxing treat.

Lavender Eye Pillow

6. I filled the pillow about 2/3 of the way full, that way it had room to move around inside the pillow and be the most comfy. {Where my finger is pointing below}.

7. After that I folded in the last side of the pillow edge and sewed it shut. Since I had room to work with, I did this on the sewing machine.

DIY Lavender Eye Pillow

7. To make a pillow cover, just cut two pieces of fabric just a little larger than 4×9, sew the hem of one short side, then sew the other three sides together, with the right sides of the fabric together. Once you turn it inside out, it will fit your rice/lavender filled pillow perfectly inside.

How to Make Lavender Eye Pillows

I keep this on my bedside shelves and it gives off a nice relaxing fragrance all the time. It’s so soothing to use before bed or whenever you want a little comfort. In my yoga classes we always use them at the end and now I can bring my own.

I made the new ‘HOPE’ sign this week too. The glitter letters are cut from paper I got at Hobby Lobby. I’m considering it my unofficial word of the year. Much needed I think. So far it’s working 🙂

How to Make Lavender Eye Pillows

Hope you enjoy this little project and come back soon. I’ll be posting a hallway makeover with a stencil {and having a giveaway} and asking for your feedback in my first ever reader survey!

P.S. Find me at Pretty Handy Girl, showing you how to easily organize home manuals and at Houzz, highlighting 20 items to make your home an organized and functional place this month.

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  1. Love this idea! And I especially loved the fabric you used ;-).

  2. This is an awesome idea, I need one.

  3. I so need one of these! Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Oh I love this idea!!! How fun and relaxing. Pinning, and thanks for sharing this at Creativity Unleashed!

  5. I like the fabric you’ve used too, looks great and I bet it smells sooo nice!

  6. Cute idea – and would make a great gift!

  7. Jessica… I love this post because we grow lavender and I have been drying it for years. Making these pretty and useful pillows for gifts is a perfect idea for me!
    Thank you,

  8. Great idea! I created something similar when I was pregnant, but I used a sock, so it wasn’t nearly as cute! I love the fabric; will have to try this.

  9. Jessica, I absolutely adore lavender and the fabric you used is just lovely! I agree with Cynthia, these would be wonderful gifts – now if Cynthia would just send us some of her amazing lavender! 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing – hope you are having a wonderful week!

  10. The stress I’ve been under I could definitely use these. Cute idea, Jessica!


    • Hi Denyse,

      Thanks for the note! They are really nice to use when you are lying in bed and want to relax to fall asleep. I bet they would help you, I’ll have to send you one!

  11. I want to make these, I bet they smell so good 🙂

  12. So refreshing and I love the pillow idea 😉 great idea for bridesmaid gifts!

  13. I love lavender but never thought to use it for an eye pillow…wonderful idea!

  14. Love this Jessica! I can smell it from here 🙂

  15. I bet they smell amazing! Love it!

  16. These sound wonderful!!

  17. I love this idea! Thanks so much for sharing.

  18. Love this! It would make for a great gift too!
    Thanks for sharing. XO

  19. This is fabulous!!

    You ROCK for linking up this week to Tip Me Tuesday. {high fives}

    Just a heads up, Tip Junkie can help you index your blog more effectively if you upload at least 2 images, 2 steps, and blog post URL into your Tip Junkie craft room!

    Simply login and click “add a project” on your profile page to get started. {yep I’ve got your back!}

    ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}
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  20. you make it look so easy! how long does it take to sew one up?
    Do you have the cover so you can wash? how long does the scent last?
    Thank you for posting!


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