After our live tutorial last week on how to sew a face mask, I decided we need to do more live tutorials! Although I’m shy, I enjoy interacting with all of you live and showing you how to make something you’ll get a lot of use out of. Plus I love to sew! This month our theme is creating your own paradise at home. And for us, that means enjoying the space you live in and finding time in your day to de-stress. So today I am sharing a free pattern for a DIY eye pillow that I think you will find very soothing!

To get started on this project, download our free eye pillow pattern at the very end of this post. Once you’ve downloaded the pattern, you can join my live tutorial today at 12:00 p.m. PST, or watch the playback below.

Learn to sew DIY eye pillows

Eye can feel the stress melting away

Stress can take a toll on our mental health and overall wellbeing. So it is really important to practice self-care as well as self-compassion. This could mean trying something new, making time for an activity you love, or even just taking a few minutes to meditate and rest your eyes. Our DIY eye pillow is a simple way to slow down, ease any tension you may be feeling, and unwind for a bit. This is part of my nightly routine along with putting headphones on and listening to meditation music.

To help you feel even more relaxed, I’ve included lavender buds in my DIY eye pillow. Lavender is something I often use in my homemade bath and beauty recipes as I not only love the smell but find it very calming. In addition to lavender, I fill my eye pillows with small seeds. Either millet seeds or flax seeds work well since both are small and feel soft on the eyes.

For the inner fabric, I used quilting cotton that is pre-washed and for the outer fabric, I used a washed silk. Both fabrics can be recycled and you can use an old silk scarf or blouse as well for your eye pillow. During my live tutorial, I will show you how to sew these fabrics together as well as how to do a french seam for a clean, finished look. 

I hope you enjoy our DIY eye pillow! If you make one for yourself, be sure to let us know how it goes and share your finished project with us by tagging @liagriffith or #MadeWithLia on Instagram. This would also make a great Mother’s Day gift — and you can even make a pretty crepe paper lavender plant or some lavender bath salts to go with it. Happy crafting!



  • 1 Cup Flax or Millet Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Lavender Buds
  • Quilting Cotton (Pre-washed)
  • Silk Charmeuse (Pre-washed)
  • Matching Thread
  • Wash Away Wonder Tape

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