Everyday Self-Care Sewing

Freezable Silk Eye Pillows With Crystals & Herbs

Is your sleep schedule off, are you having trouble falling asleep? Do your eyes look tired and puffy? Maybe you need to give your bedtime ritual a boost with a freezable silk eye pillow. Not just any eye pillow! Here at Hummingbird Traveler Studio, we have created three different eye pillows for you to choose from. Each pillow is filled with dried herbs and quartz crystals. What I like most about using crystals in my eye pillows is their ability to hold onto the cold longer. In addition, there are many of us who believe that quartz crystals possess certain properties that can bring healing energies “good vibes” into your life. I absolutely believe this but, I recommend that you do your own investigation and come to your own conclusions regarding the benefits of Crystals.

If you are interested in the world of Crystals. I highly recommend the book Crystal Muse, Everyday Rituals by Heather Askinosie & Timmi Jandro.

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Kindle Version https://amzn.to/3i8NzhQ​

FABRICS

For the eye pillow, I have used two kinds of fabric: a thick satin charmeuse, and beautiful hand-dyed silk. The silk cover can be removed and hand washed. I prefer to use silk for anything that touches my face: it’s soft and it will last forever as long as you take care of it. Unfortunately, thin silk is hard to sew. You can substitute it for another fabric if you choose. Please note, the pattern will need to be adjusted if you decide to use another type of fabric.

Tips for sewing silk…

Prewash and, iron your silk before you cut it
Have your iron ready! We use the iron to create our seams.
Floriani Chrome by Schmetz Needles 70/10
Para cotton-poly thread
The sewing machine should be in perfect working order
Clear/Flexible ruler-found in the sewing section of your local craft store

Don’t use Fray Check! You’ll end up with a big mess.
Take your time, there’s no rush.

Eye Pillow Pattern

Have a better pattern? Then use the one that you are already familiar with.
If you don’t, please use this one that I have created for you. The pattern pieces are bigger than a standard sheet of paper, so I like to make the pattern out of gift wrap tissue.
Pillow/Liner fabric- 5 x 11” Cut 2
Eye Pillow Case- 7.5” X 23” Cut 1

THE FILLER – STONES & HERBS

The Quartz Crystals

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I found a source for you! You will need about 1lb. For each eye pillow.

.45 lb.Small, Tumbled Amethyst Crystals (Order does not include large quartz stone in photo) https://amzn.to/31kVvpv

.45 lb. Small, Tumbled Clear Quartz Crystals (Order does not include large crystal in the back) https://amzn.to/3icH2CY

.45 lb. Small, Tumbled Rose Quartz Crystals ( Order does not include the rose quartz tealight in the photo)

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Dried Herbs

You may be able to find the dried herbs locally. If not, online is always a good option. Make sure that your herbs are freshly dried; the older herbs the less fragrant they are. In addition, you could use essential oil to freshen them up. If you do, please wait until the oil has dried completely…it would be a shame to stain your nice fabrics!

Please note, you may need to remove the twigs or any other hard pieces that are sometimes present in bulk herbs. This is especially true for the Chamomile.

You will need about 1 oz. for each pillow

FLOWER EMBELLISHMENTS

This is completely optional. Please note that if you wash these they may lose their shape. Traditionally, millinery is removed while the item is being laundered and then sewn back on.

I like to use silk flowers from the craft store. If you want to go lux, you can find wonderful vintage ones on Etsy.com. 32NorthSupplies is a good place to start.

Sewing beaded Flowers

The first step is to find a silk flower and “deconstruct it.” Take out all of the plastic bits, maintaining the order of the petals.

Stitch around the center to keep the petals from shifting around.

Stack your sequin-crystal-smaller bead

Set the beaded flower aside until later.

LET’S GET SEWING!

The pillow

With the right sides together, sew up the two outer (longest edges) at 5/ 8”

I USED RED THREAD SO YOU COULD SEE MY STITCHES.

Turn inside out and press seams down

Close up one of the sides, about 1” from the edge. Tuck under, iron and sew as close to the edge as you can.

Fill, then seal the other side.

The Case For The Eye Pillow

Get your Clear/flexible ruler (shown above)
Silk frays like crazy so we are going to need to fold over the fabric edges 3 times. Repeating this step for all of the seams.

Start by Sewing along the two shorter edges at 1 /2″ (fold over 3 times). These two outer edges will create the opening of the case for the eye pillow. I first use an iron to press out my seams and, then I will use pins to hold the fabric in place.

Sew the two longer outer edges, 1 /4 “ seam ( fold over 3 times).

Fold in half and sew both sides together.

Do you see how I have sewn close to my seam? I have to get my reading glasses for this one.

Turn inside out, iron

Tack down the seams inside the opening of the eye pillowcase.

Sew on your flowers.

Tip: I like to roll up the edge of the case so I can get to the inside. This makes it easier to sew on the flowers.

YOU’RE DONE!!!

I hope you like this post and that it has inspired you to create.

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