My neighbor had some fairly serious surgery on his neck and spine last week. He is currently recovering in a hospital near Atlanta. I want to do something nice for him when he comes home, but he’s not really a flower or Teddy Bear kind of guy.
Then I remembered that a number of years ago I made some Eye Pillows for Christmas gifts and decided that this was the perfect thing to give him.
These wonderful little pillows are filled with Lavender Buds and Flax Seed.
Chill it in the refrigerator and when placed over the eyes or forehead, it provides an incredible soothing sensation. Ideal for headaches or recovery time from surgery. I think he will really appreciate this gift.
They are fairly simple to make too!
Pick up some Chinese Satin material and coordinating solid satin. You can make several from 1/4 yard of each.
Cut one 10 1/2″ x 6″ rectangle from each.
Place right sides together. Even though these are small, the fabric is slippery so you’ll want to pin in place. Sew around all 4 sides, leaving an opening approximately 2″ for filling. Back stitch at the start and end of this seam.
Clip the corners – but not too close to the stitches. This fabric tends to fray.
Turn right sides out. Mix 2 cups Whole Flax Seed with 3 Tbs Lavender Buds. Using a funnel (or rolled paper), fill your pillow.
Fold under the seams at the opening and sew near to the edge to close.
I’ve made a card with directions for use and I’m including it with the Eye Pillow. I’m going to put the card and the Eye Pillow in a zip lock baggie before giving it to my neighbor. The bag will prevent it from absorbing odors from the refrigerator.
I hope my neighbor feels better soon. I’m certain this gift will help to ease the recovery process.