Create a Little TLC

When I go out to teach classes at the garden, offices, or in homes, I bring a “mobile studio” including mats and props.  But, something was missing, a little TLC.  A gentle eye pillow is the perfect tool to block out light, help students relax and find a comforting savasana at the end of practice.  So, I’ve created a stock of them to take with me.

The nice thing about this design is the cover can easily be removed for washing.  The project is simple and requires a minimal investment.  About $5 and a little bit of time produced 8 soft and comfy eye covers.

Supplies (makes 8)

  • 1/2 yard of flannel or cotton fabric for coverimg_0448
  • 1/2 yard of flannel or cotton fabric for insert
  • thread
  • 2 lb. bag of rice or lentils
  • essential oil (optional)

Fabric Pieces

  • Cover – 4″ x  17″ rectangle
  • Insert – 3.75″ x 16″ rectangle


  • Cover:
    • If the fabric frays easily, zig zag the edge to secure.img_0449
    • Fold and pin the short ends of the fabric about 3/8″.  Top stitch to secure.
    • Place the fabric wrong-side down and fold ends toward center, overlapping the ends.  Pin the open edges and topstitch.
    • Trim corners and turn fabric right-side out.img_0453
  • Insert
    • Fold the rectangle in half with the right sides together.img_0450
    • Pin and sew along the sides, leaving the top open.
    • Trim corners and turn fabric right-side out.
    • Using a paper cone or funnel, fill the insert with about 2/3 cup rice.
    • (Optional) Add a few drops of essential oil.
    • Tuck in the ends, pin and topstitch to close.
    • Place the insert inside the cover.img_0454

Take a break, recline, place an new pillow over your eyes and take a few minutes to relax.  You deserve it.  Enjoy!



2 comments on “Create a Little TLC

  1. I’ve had something similar to this when I was treated to a facial, it had been chilled, soooo soothing

  2. This sounds amazing, I would be make this eye pillow for me. After working on computer whole day my eyes feels so tired. So I need this eye pillow. Thanks for explain the each step to making this eye pillow.

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