Seeking your own spa day? Looking to make a super easy, personal but not TOO personal gift? This project is sure to please. You'll be closing your eyes and saying "Om" in no time.
Four patterns of fabric (something not too rough..we're not exfoliating here!) cut into the following sizes: two 4x5", two 4.5x4", two 3x4" and two 1.5x4" rectangles.
Sewing machine--this could be done by hand, but the stitching needs to be super tight to keep all the goodness inside
lavender, flaxseed or rice, essential oils (if you're not a lavender fan)
Divvy up your rectangles into two sets. Line 'em up in a pleasing order.
Right sides together, sew pieces with a .25" seam allowance.
Once you have all your friends sewn together into a nice strip, do it again with the other set of pieces. Yay. Front and back. Iron flat.
Pin your strips right sides together. Square it up if necessary. I'm a crooked cutter, myself.
Sew all around the edge, leaving a 1.5" hole for turning and filling.
Trim seams, turn and iron. Poke out your corners with a chopstick.
I like to topstitch my pillows around the outer edge--for two reasons: it looks cuter and more "done" and gives you another seam for strength. 'Cause cleaning up a pool of lavender and flaxseed isn't relaxing. Topstitch all around except for your hole.
Use a small plastic funnel to fill your pillow (I bought a whole set of sizes at the dollar store) or make one from heavyweight paper. I usually mix my filling as 50/50 lavender and flaxseed. If you're using rice, you can add a few drops of essential oil and mix it in. Fill it to desired heft. I like mine to be nice and full but still a bit floppy. Stitch opening closed on machine or by hand.
Ta-da! Put it in the freezer to chill your peeps or microwave to soothe what's aching. Do you like my model? It's rough work being a four year-old.