Hot/Cold Herbal Eye Pillow
It’s a cold and snowy Saturday morning which actually makes this post very appropriate 🙂
As I’m sitting here writing this week’s blog post, a friend of mine recommended that I watch the latest carpool karaoke … OMG this just made my life.
You guys must watch it and if anyone knows how the heck Bruno Mars gets his face to look so smooth, please tell me! LOL
Anyways back to work…
If you’re anything like me and cold ALL THE TIME, then this DIY hot/cold herbal eye pillow is just what you need!
I’ve bought these hot packs from all sorts of different shops before but found them to be expensive and the designs to be so so.
When I decided to embark on this DIY, I did some research to see what was the best grain to use in these hot packs that would be cost effective, heat up quickly, not have an unpleasant smell and stay warm longest and rice won.
So I decided to fill a mason jar with rice, add some crushed lavender buds and some essential oil and allow the rice to infuse.
After a couple of days, when I was satisfied with the essence of my hot pack rice filling, I cut out my cloth to the size I wanted and used some heat and bond hem to create a pocket.
Make sure to place the cloth inside out and the heat and bond hem on the side that you want to be on the outside afterwards because you will need to turn the pocket inside out afterwards.
I recently bought a sewing machine not caring that I do not actually know how to use one. It has always been a dream of mine to know how to make my own stuff and be able to hem pants if I need to but growing up my mom was always under the impression that I would break her sewing machine if I even came close to it.
So YouTube here I come for lessons on using a sewing machine!
Until the day comes that I learn how to properly use it, my rusty trusty heat and bond hem will do 🙂
Once you have the 2 long side sealed, turn your fabric inside out and fill with the desired amount of rice. I like to use either a funnel for this or you can simply make a funnel out of a piece of paper.
Lastly, lay the heat pack flat, roll the cut up part of the fabric inside and place a small piece of heat and bond hem inside and iron shut.
The best part about this mini project is that the DIY hot/cold packs are so easily customizable! You can make them in all different sizes and keep one in your fridge for your face and/or lower back and make a larger one to heat for shoulder pain!
I make sure to keep them handy at all times and give them to my friends and family as awesome holiday gifts!
What You Will Need:
- 100% cotton cloth
- Heat and bond hem- extra strong
- Lavender buds
- Essential oils of choice – My favourite ones at the moment are Anjou Essential Oils
*Note* A couple of things to keep in mind with hot packs…
- Make sure to use 100% cotton as other fabrics might not be microwave safe
- Test out the strength of your microwave; Place the heat pack for 30 seconds at a time
- Replace the rice after about 15-20 uses