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Free Eye Pillow Sewing Instructions | How to Sew Eye Pillows for Yoga, Relaxation, Meditation

February 19, 2019 1 Comment

Today I’m sharing free instructions for how to sew an eye pillow with a removable, washable cover for meditation, relaxation, and yoga naps.

As our school works to become trauma-informed, we have enjoyed professional development on mindfulness, meditation, and yoga. Our district even sent us to Yoga for Teachers through Challenge to Change with Molly Schreiber.

We learned so much with Molly but a highlight was definitely the yoga naps. Molly provided eye pillows for us which were so relaxing. Our school has started incorporating mindfulness practices and is planning a self-care day for the whole student body. We’d like to have eye pillows to offer students.

There are many options to purchase eye pillows online, like this lavender and satin number, but I couldn’t pass up an opportunity for my middle schoolers to use practical sewing skills.

We are trying to get 60 made (!), but 1/4 yard of muslin and 1 fat-quarter of decorative outer fabric will make four eye pillows.

I recommend using an inexpensive fabric like muslin for the pillows because no one will see it. Splurge on the decorative outer fabric. Both should be 100% cotton for easy care and washing.

Fabric is sold folded in half around cardboard holders called bolts. If a fat quarter is not available, purchase one-half hard of fabric and cut it in half along the fold. It will make a piece about 18″ x 22″.

Cut the muslin into 8 1/2″ squares. Fold the squares in half, right sides together, and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Sew one short end closed as well.

eye pillow meditation diy sew sewing insert

Turn inside out.

eye pillow diy yoga meditation inside out

Fill with 1 1/2 cups of filler material. Flax seeds and lavender are nice, but rice, popcorn, or dried beans are inexpensive options.

eye pillow sew bean bag rice fill

Turn the open end of the pillow in 1/4″ and pin shut. Sew closed with a narrow seam allowance.

eye pillow sew diy yoga meditation sewing shut

Return to the decorative fabric fat quarter.

The fat quarter will have a bound selvage edge that will not unravel. It is shown here with the label of the fabric brand. Hem the opposite edge from the selvage.

eye pillow diy yoga meditation sewing sew selvedge

To do so, turn the edge up twice 1/4″.

eye pillow meditation yoga sew press hem

Sew closed with a narrow seam.

eye pillow bean bag meditation yoga sew hem

Trim the hemmed fat quarter into 4 1/2″ strips. Be sure to measure perpendicular to the hemmed edge. The pieces will be about 21″ x 4 1/2″.

eye pillow yoga meditation trim 4.5

Place a strip wrong side down on a flat surface. Fold the hemmed edge back about 2 inches.

eye pillow yoga meditation diy sewing fold 2

Fold the selvage edge up so that the whole piece measures about 8 inches.

eye pillow yoga meditation sew sewing diy fold final

Pin in place and sew the two open edges closed with a 1/4″ seam.

eye pillow yoga meditation sew sewing diy envelope removable washable

Turn inside out using the envelope opening.

eye pillow yoga meditation diy sew sewing removable washable envelope cover

Stuff the envelope with the insert.

eye pillow yoga meditation diy sew sewing removable washable envelope cover end


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  • Jane November 1, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    Thank you. This is the best set of instructions I found on making the eye pillow with removable insert. I’m going to make quite a few for Christmas gifts. I’ll let you know how it goes!


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    I’m Kayla Pins – Health and Family and Consumer Sciences teacher to high school students in rural Iowa. Welcome to my online home where I share lesson plans, activities, and inspiration with fellow teachers.


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