Making a Yoga Eye Pillow Tutorial

21 Nov

These eye pillows are great at the end of a yoga session during relaxation (Savasana). They help to ease any tension around the eyes , allowing the muscles in the face to release more. And with a wonderful lavender scent, the aroma itself is relaxing too. They are so easy to make, and because they are small you could sew them by hand too if you haven’t got a sewing machine.

(Above is Banjo showing you how to use your eye pillow, although it only lasted about 5 seconds).

You will need:

  • 25cm x 25cm square of plain cotton fabric   (muslin or calico is fine)
  • 55cm x 14 cm length of pretty fabric in either cotton or silk
  • +/- 1 and a half cups of flax seeds or Golden linseeds
  • 1 teaspoon of dried lavender or some essential oil
Mix the flax seeds and lavender, or add 3 drops of lavender or your choice of essential oil. You can also use dried camomile instad of the dried lavender if you prefer. Follow the sewing instructions below, or download the printable PDF of the eye pillow here.


Enjoy and relax more often.

Hanri & Banjo


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25 Responses to “Making a Yoga Eye Pillow Tutorial”

  1. Colleen February 2, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    My mom made me something like this, but it was a heat pack. You can heat the flaxseed pouch up in the microwave and use it on your sore parts, it works really well and lasts a long time. Not sure how the lavender would do in the microwave, but I bet the oils would be fine!

    • yogahound February 2, 2012 at 4:17 pm #

      Hi Colleen, thanks for leaving a comment. What a great idea to heat it up, I bet it’d be really soothing if you have an achy neck. I reckon the lavender might be okay. Let’s hope it doesn’t pop like popcorn. ;)

  2. Manisha February 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    I confess I came to this page only because Banjo with the pillow seemed so cute! On a more serious note, this is a great idea. Thanks!

    • yogahound February 2, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

      Thank you Manisha. I’m glad Banjo brought you here, he is a bit of a celeb today with the eye pillow featuring on craftgawker. Thanks for stopping by! Hanri

  3. Niki February 17, 2012 at 5:00 am #

    Hi Hanri

    Just finished making my eye pillow. We had them in Yoga class and I just loved them. So I have enough material for 2, and so they are going to become birthday and Christmas Gifts.

    I totally think these are awesome. The material you have used for yours is so pretty. I just bought a turquoise polka dot material which is pretty too but plain. Thing is when your eyes are closed all you can smell is lavender! I found flax seed too. Some stores are just so bad at stocking stuff like that!

    Hope you are well! Thanks for this easy as pattern!

    • yogahound February 21, 2012 at 2:28 pm #

      Hi Niki, glad to hear they turned out well. Thanks for letting me know. Enjoy them in NZ x

  4. Jacque May 11, 2012 at 11:06 am #

    Is that a Greyhound?? :-) We have 2… they really are like potato chips! You can’t have just one. :-)

    • yogahound May 18, 2012 at 5:43 pm #

      Yes, he is Banjo my ex-racer. I would LOVE another Greyhound, unfortunately the size of our house restricts us to one. They are fabulous dogs!

  5. Hayley October 4, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    Hi Hanri,

    I came across your site by chance looking for instructions to make an eye pillow .

    Over all the years I’ve been going to yoga classes I’ve never had a teacher hand them out for relaxation so you doing so in your Monday night class has inspired me to create my own!

    I love any reason to get the sewing machine out and cut the last lavender of the year from the garden last night to get started.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Phoebe October 27, 2012 at 6:20 pm #

    Hi Hanri. Thanks for these comprehensive and attractive instructions! I made this eye pillow for my partner’s birthday and, as I often find it in different locations around our apartment, it appear he’s using and enjoying it.

    Here’s a photo on my Flickr feed:

    Again, thanks for the inspiration!

  7. Irene Rodegerdts November 18, 2012 at 11:10 pm #


    I work with Kristin on the Sew,Mama,Sew! blog ( Each November we post a series of tutorials, gift suggestions, recipes, shop features and giveaways every day. Our 6th Annual Handmade Holidays series consists of a great assortment of ideas to make the holidays unique, fun and handmade.

    We’d like to use one picture from this tutorial
    We will not publish your tutorial- just link to your site and give you all of the credit, of course! Would this be OK? We respect the copyright of all crafters so all links and photos from blogs on our Handmade Holidays posts are used with permission. If you’d like to learn more about Handmade Holidays please see this compilation post from 2011:
    Please let me know via email, and also feel free to include any relevant information you’d like me to post with the tutorial link.
    We look forward to hearing from you,



  8. Christa M November 20, 2012 at 7:36 pm #

    Thanks so much for posting this. I found it on pinterest. I am a massage therapy student and think this will be the perfect gift to hand out to my classmates with additional pillow cases for Christmas. Do you happen to know where I can find dried lavender? I do have the essential oils…so I could always use that, but just figured I would ask. Thanks again!

  9. Sandra March 18, 2013 at 4:04 am #

    Thanks for posting this! Here are the pics of my 6 eye pillows used with left over material from various projects (mostly involving my grand-twins). I never could get myself to use the communual eye pillows at yoga class……

    • Sandra March 18, 2013 at 4:05 am #

      ps I used Rice filler, some have essential oil, some I added organic herbal tea for a very light fragrance.

      • Carolyn May 15, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

        Does the rice work well?

  10. Victoria May 9, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    This is a great idea for Mother’s day! I shared it in my round up here:

  11. Ally June 25, 2013 at 1:49 am #

    Hi there!
    I was wondering if I could skip the pillowcase step and just use the cotton material case? I have some pretty, cotton fabric scraps that are really cute. Is the double layer necessary?

    Thanks :)

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