Have I told you that I failed home ec in the sixth grade? I don't remember why--I do remember something about *right sides together* being very challenging for me (no joke). So I'm thinking that must be why I'm obsessed with the basic pillow form I should have perfected in that class. I must be healing some deep psychological scar with these projects (hee hee). Either that, or I'm just too tired to trust myself with anything more complicated than a bean bag (also very likely). Whatever the reason, here's what I've come up with this weekend:
A whole bunch of eye pillows. Lined, and filled with buckwheat hulls, flaxseeds and lavender. Yummy smelling. Maybe that's why I made so many of them--I'm addicted to the sweet smell. These will be used as stocking stuffers and little gifties for the holidays.
And can you believe that being a sewing mama, my kids had NO bean bags? I fixed that in a big way this weekend. I got carried away using Munki Munki scraps, so the bags of course, all match. ;) I don't know how I got through five years of parenting without bean bags for toys though--man, they're FUN! Juggling, tossing, bowling. Love it. :0 And I filled those with the same filling as the eye pillows--using chamomile too. I have some silly vision of them relaxing my kids as they play with them. Hmnn...
And just so you don't give up on me as a pillow-only sewer, here's a peek at something else I worked on this weekend:
edited to add: lots of you are asking about the eye pillow "ingredients". I got them all at our local health foods store, where you'll find them in the bulk section. Buckwheat hulls and flaxseeds are both around $1 a pound. I used half buckwheat and half flaxseeds to fill the pillows, and about a teaspoon or more of the loose lavender or chamomile per pillow. Hope that helps!