Lavender Eye Bag Tutorial

Serenity Now! DIY Lavender Eye Pillows

Now making your own lavender eye pillow is not a unique concept but add linen, popcorn, an ink jet printer, and a just a dash of Seinfeld, and you got yourself a fun & funky Weekend Project, baby!

The concept behind this DIY came from 4 different ideas melded into one relaxing project:

1.  The container of lavender that I harvested this year has inspired many a project.

2.  I had some left over popcorn from making door socks a few weeks ago.  Popcorn has the perfect weight and feel for eye pillows, it doesn’t go rancid like flax and some other fillers, and it’s cheap.   Also, you can heat it in the microwave (so I hear) and it won’t pop.   Now since I don’t have a microwave, I can only assume that it won’t pop because you won’t heat it long enough.  So microwave for only 30 seconds or so and let me know how it turns out.

3. I saw a great tutorial on how to print on fabric on Modern Day Moms that I HAD to try.

4. Seinfeld is awesome.


Materials for one eye pillow:

  • linen or other scrap fabric measuring 10”x 10”
  • 1 cup dried popcorn
  • 1 heaping tbsp dried lavender
  • Ink jet printer
  • Freezer Paper
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread


1.  First, fold your fabric in half and print one of the sides following the directions here.  That being said, I didn’t follow that tutorial, I just taped the fabric to a sheet of paper and fed it through my printer.  Let me be clear, I DO NOT RECOMMEND doing it that way.  It worked beautifully for me, but it can really mess up your printer so unless, like me, you want to print on fabric more than you care about your printer, do not try it at home.

2.  Fold and iron a hem on the sides of the fabric.

3.  Folding the fabric so that the back is on the outside (print inside), sew the long side of the together.  Turn right side out and sew one of the ends together.

4. Fill the bag with 1 generous cup of popcorn and 1 heaping tablespoon of lavender.  Adjust quantities for your personal tastes.

5. Push all the filling toward the end of the bag, and pin about halfway to help prevent popcorn from creeping towards the open end.  Sew the open end closed and you’re all done!

Thanks for visiting for the weekend’s project.

About the Author : Stephanie Rose

A city girl who learned to garden and it changed everything. Author, artist, Master Gardener. Better living through plants.

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  1. Daphne
    DaphneJanuary 28,12

    I’ve always used white rice for such things. It also doesn’t go rancid like some other things. And I know that popcorn will pop if you nuke it too long. But rice never will. But mostly I make bed warmers with them. So I need to be able to nuke it enough for it to get warm.

    • Stevie
      StevieJanuary 28,12

      Great suggestion, Daphne! I liked popcorn because of the way the round kernels feel and sort of massage your eyes. Also they do hold onto the heat quite a bit more than a grain of rice…that being said, one popped kernel can ruin the fun – so I’ll definitely give your idea a go one of these days. thanks!

  2. Madelaine
    MadelaineJanuary 28,12

    Great project :)

    I love using freezer paper fabric prints. You can also use freezer paper as a stencil with paint. Since it irons right to the surface, you get a good crisp line.

  3. Sue
    SueFebruary 1,12

    Such a cute idea ~ but maybe rice rather than popcorn. It will surely pop if you aren’t careful!

  4. A Few Pennies
    A Few PenniesFebruary 2,12

    Fabulous idea–so pretty for bedside table/basket too!

  5. Amy
    AmyFebruary 2,12

    What a great idea and so well executed. Nice tutorial!

  6. Courtney
    CourtneyFebruary 2,12

    Super cute- love these! Thanks for linking up at Feathered Nest Friday! Hope to see you again at this weeks party!

  7. Abbie
    AbbieFebruary 2,12

    Just stopping by today to let you know that I’m featuring your stenciled tea towels tomorrow at Feature Friday Free-For-All!

    • Stevie
      StevieFebruary 2,12

      that’s wonderful, Abby, can’t wait to see it!

  8. Fishtail Cottage
    Fishtail CottageFebruary 3,12

    these are fantastic! any chance you are selling some? let me know……very pretty!

    • Stevie
      StevieFebruary 3,12

      Fishtail Cottage, definitely! I’ll be in touch.

  9. Tonia @TheGunnySack
    Tonia @TheGunnySackFebruary 3,12

    I’ve fed things right through my printer too! Those look so pretty and I bet the smell great too!

  10. Kristen @ Titus 2 Work in Progress
    Kristen @ Titus 2 Work in ProgressFebruary 3,12

    What a neat idea! I love this style – kinda french farmhouse! Glad to find you via the TT&J link up

  11. Kitty
    KittyFebruary 4,12

    Thanks for the great idea & the tutorial. Yours turned it so great!!

  12. Honey
    HoneyFebruary 4,12

    Great idea and so pretty! Thank you for sharing your lovely post at Potpourri Friday!

  13. Suffia
    SuffiaFebruary 5,12

    I love the fabric that you used as bags, very neat idea.

  14. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.
    Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co.February 5,12

    How pretty! And I bet they feel and smell great too!

  15. Brenda
    BrendaFebruary 7,12

    Beautiful project. I’ll use field corn instead of the popcorn, however, since I really don’t want to have any pop and ruin my work. The field corn can be heated repeatedly, and never pops.

  16. Maria
    MariaFebruary 8,12

    These are so beautiful! Love the font too! Very pretty!

  17. Barbara J. Wood
    Barbara J. WoodJuly 30,12

    Love this idea.

    Is there a pattern available for the printed message?


  18. Stevie
    StevieJuly 30,12

    Barbara, let me work on that one :).

  19. kristy
    kristyDecember 29,12

    Hmmm! I like the idea of field corn too, but – I have many ears of dried indian corn left over from fall, and I’m going to try that! ;-)

  20. Annie V.
    Annie V.February 16,13

    I had already used pearl barley for similar use and it works perfectly. The texture is great because of the round shape and it is cheap. It also stay warm longer than other grains. Thanks for the idea to add lavendar, I have a lavendar plant in my garden, so I always search ways to use it!

  21. Holly Bose (Your Gardening Friend)
    Holly Bose (Your Gardening Friend)December 24,13

    I love your 4-point reasoning for this post. ;)

    What a clever idea to get the cloth fed through your printer. (I totally understand your cautionary statement. I will think long and hard on the market value of my printer – not much – before trying. Although, I so want to try it.)

    Thanks for the beautiful gift idea.

  22. Kaitlyn
    KaitlynDecember 10,15

    I was wondering if this would be safe for a pregnant woman?

    • Stephanie Rose
      Stephanie RoseDecember 10,15

      Hi Kaitlyn, I can’t find any studies that say lavender flowers are safe or not safe for pregnancy. I would suggest that it’s always best to talk to your health care practitioner. I found this article that might help but of course this is about drinking lavender tea rather than smelling the aroma from the flowers.

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