make it yourself: lavender sleep mask
There is no sweeter or more calming scent than lavender. I can’t get enough of those fragrant buds and I had a wonderful crop this year in my herb garden. In early July, it is harvest time for lavender here in Michigan. So, I took some of my dried bounty and made a soothing, relaxing eye mask. Tuck it in your trip bag for a travel eye mask or use it at night before you sleep. This mask is stuffed with lavender and flax seeds and made of cotton fabrics, you can even chill or heat up this little mask for more soothing relief when you just need a break. After I made one for myself, I made several more for gifts, they were so easy.
For another idea to use lavender, make my sweet smelling lavender sachets to tuck in your dresser or linen closet.
what you will need:
- Scraps of flannel fabric (you will need at least a 6″ x 12″ piece)
- Scraps of cotton fabric (you will need at least a 6″ x 12″ piece)
- 1/2 C of whole flax seed
- 1/4 C dried lavender buds
- Optional: 1/2 yard decorative elastic
what you will need to do:
Note: Use 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Get my FREE eye mask pattern.
First, cut out one eye mask shape from the cotton fabric.
Then, cut out one eye mask shape from the cotton flannel fabric.
Optional elastic: If you want to add some elastic to go around your head to keep the mask in place especially when traveling, add it now.
Measure around your head from each side of the mask and cut the elastic. Mine measured about 14 inches long.
Pin it to each side of the mask with the elastic inside the two fabrics.
With right sides together, stitch around the eye mask leaving a two-to three-inch hole at one end for stuffing. If you added elastic, be careful not to catch it in your stitching.
Clip curves and turn right side out. Then, iron it flat.
Get ready to fill it with aroma goodness.
Here is a picture of my lavender drying. I try to cut the stems just as the flowers start to bloom so they have the lavender color. Then I spread them out on newspaper in a sunny window and let them dry.
Finally, strip the buds off the stems with your fingers.
Gather your flax seed and lavender. I used whole flax seed from Bob’s Red Mill.
In a small bowl, mix together the 1/2 C of flax seeds and the 1/4 C of lavender buds.
Carefully spoon the mixture into your eye mask. You don’t want it too full, just enough so that there is a pleasant weight over your eyes.
Using a needle and thread, with very close stitches, whip stitch or stitch the opening closed.
Use the soft flannel side on your face and choose a fun print for the outside.
TA DA! wasn’t that quick and easy?
CHILL IT: You can slip it in a zip lock baggie and keep it in the freezer for some cooling relief.
WARM IT: Pop it in the microwave to heat it up for a little bit. Start with only about 10 seconds and add to your preference. The heat releases the scent of the lavender and the gentle warmth over your eyes and sinuses is so calming.
CAUTION! Heating it in the microwave can make it very hot depending on your oven, so start with some short times and always use extreme caution. Check it before you put it directly on your skin.
Pack your eye mask to enjoy your trip in relaxing style or just use it to dream of your next trip.
What travel plans do you have for the summer?
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