Tired eyes… those tired eyes are a pain in the butt aren’t they? I’ve been dealing with a lot of tired, puffy eyes lately… dealing with some health issues and a whole bunch of deadlines has given me late nights and dark circles under my tired eyes. Reglar old ice packs just won’t cut it when it comes to the delicate and sensitive parts of your body, especially your eyes… so I made myself a rice eye pillow!
What you need:
Fabric of your choice
12-13 inches of Flat Elastic
Lavender Buds (optional)
Needle (for hand stitching)
To make the template I used a roll of tape to get the curves and then played with the shape. I found what I liked after the 3rd attempt… picture my husband laughing at me while I modeled a paper template over my eyes and snapped selfies to see how it looked.
Once you’ve got your template figured out, trace it onto your fabric and then cut out 2 pieces.
With the right side facing up, pin your elastic down. Make sure the top of the straight pin is facing out.
Next place the second piece of fabric right side down and pin securely.
Sew a 1/4 inch seam all the way around, leaving a 2 inch gap along one of the straight edges. Be sure to reinforce the elastic by sewing back and forth a few times.
Grab part of the elastic through the turning hole and gently pull to turn right side out. Gently push out the corners and curves.
Carefully poor in 2/3’s to 1 cup of rice depending on how full you want your rice eye pillow to be. You can also add a teaspoon or 2 of lavender buds. I’ve done one rice eye pillow with lavender and one with out.
Once you’ve got it filled with rice to the point you’d like, its time to sew the hole closed. I use this method to create a practically invisible closure.
I have used my rice eye pillow at least a dozen times in the past few days 🙂 I’ve kept it in a ziploc sandwich baggie in the freezer ( don’t want the freezer fumes to get in the fabric/rice). Its been awesome for when I’m really tired and the dark circles / puffiness is trying to take over my face. I keep the rice eye pillow with lavender in a sandwich bag on the counter and heart it up for about 25 seconds when I’ve got a headache. It helps sooo much!
Can’t sew or don’t have the things you’d need to make your own rice eye pillow? I’ll be adding these to my handmade shop soon! If you want one before that, send me an email and we can work something out! 🙂