I was digging through my fabric stash the other day and ran across an eye mask I cut out ages ago and never finished. I used to make these to sell on Etsy. They’re wonderful for headaches – just put one in a ziplock bag and stick it in the freezer. When you have a headache, lie down for a bit with the mask over your eyes. So soothing!
Materials to make your own:
- Scrap fabric
- A cup of flax seeds
- 2 tablespoons dried lavender (Optional, but it smells wonderful!)
I couldn’t find my original pattern or instructions for this so I drew up a new one based on the half-finished mask. You can download the pattern here. It prints on two sheets of paper – just tape the two halves together down the center.
Cut out two mask shapes from cotton fabric.
Stitch them together all the way around, leaving about 4″ in the center top open for turning. I just used the width of my presser foot as a seam guide, which came out to about 3/8″. I zigzagged the edges for extra strength. In case a seam opens up, this keeps the flax seeds from spilling out.
Clip the curve at the bottom of the mask to help it lay flat.
Turn the mask right side out. Turn down the open top edge 3/8″ (or whatever matches your seam allowance) and press the mask.
Fold the mask in half and press lightly to mark the center. Stitch along the center line to divide the mask in half.
Spoon 1/2 cup of flax seeds and 1 tablespoon of lavender into each half of the mask.
Topstitch along the top edge to sew the opening closed.
Store the mask in a ziplock bag or sealed container to help the lavender retain its scent between uses. You can use the mask at room temperature for relaxation, but I love mine for treating headaches.