Makena Collection

ZoZo Eye Pillow

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No need to count sheep, this eye pillow is filled with a calming mixture of chamomile and lavender to help catch up on some much needed Z's. Cool in the fridge to help reduce tired and puffy eyes or use during your summer travels for some shut eye. This project is perfect to sit down with in while watching your favorite movie.


  • scissors
  • sewing needle (included)
  • small bowl
  • ruler (optional)


  • handkerchief linen in oatmeal
  • muslin
  • pom pom trim in royal blue
  • thread bobbin
  • dried chamomile and lavender mix
  • 1 cup of rice or flax


2 hours
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In addition to what is included in the kit, grab a pair of scissors, a ruler, a small bowl, and one cup of rice or flax.

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We will be using the 8" x 8" white muslin fabric first. We want to cut this fabric down to 7.5" x 7.5". You can use a ruler or eyeball 1/2" into one side of the fabric. Fold down 1/2" to create a line in the fabric.

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At the fold use your scissors to cut off the 1/2" we marked.

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Turn your fabric to the left and measure and cut another 1/2" off the other side.

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Once you have a 7.5" square fold it in half.

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Cut a piece of thread about 18" long. Thread your needle and knot the end of the thread.

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Start stitching at one corner of the fold using a running stitch (a simple stitch consisting of a line of small even stitches that run in and out through the cloth without overlapping).. We want to stitch about 1/4" inside of the cut edge. This is called our seam allowance.

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Go all the way along the edge until you reach about 1.5" from the center point. Scroll down to the next step to see!

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We want to leave an opening in the fabric so stop when your reach about here.

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Knot your thread very securely and trim off the excess thread with scissors.

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Cut another piece of thread from the bobbin. Thread your needle and knot the end. Repeat the stitching on the other side, stopping at the same place. Knot and trim the thread.

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Using the hole, turn the pouch right side out.

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Push out the corners gently with your finger.

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In a small bowl, mix together the rice and lavender/chamomile mix.

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Make a paper funnel and insert it into the hole in the muslin pouch.

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Pour in the mixture.

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You probably won't need all of it. Stop when you get about here. Leave room for the mixture to move around once it's sewn up.

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Fold in the un-sewn edge.

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Thread another needle and knot the end. Using an overhand stitch, sew up the open hole. An overhand stitch is a stitch that passes over an edge vertically. It's basically making loops all the way down the edge.

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When you reach the end of the hole, knot your thread and trim the excess with scissors.

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Now grab the linen. Fold it in half.

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You can see your muslin pouch will be smaller than the linen pouch. Once we sew up the linen we will be putting the muslin pouch inside!

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Cut a piece of thread about 18" long. Thread your needle and knot the end. Start stitching the linen less than a 1/2" at the top left corner. Use a running stitch and stitch all the way around the linen, even down the side of the fold. You want to stop on the other side, leaving an opening at the top. Since you're an expert stitcher now, you can look at the picture to the right and see what it should look like when you are all done. Make sure to knot your thread really well and trim off any excess.

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Push the muslin pouch gently through the opening in the linen.

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Once the muslin pouch is all the way in, fold in your cut edges around the opening.

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Cut another piece of thread. Thread your needle, knot the end. Stitch the opening closed with an overhand stitch. At the end of the opening knot your thread and trim the excess.

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Cut the pom pom trim in half.

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With another piece of thread, put your needle through the linen right at the corner. Line up the pom pom trim along the seam. We are stitching the pom pom trim to the edge of the pouch.

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Grabbing just the bottom of the trim with your needle, go through the top of the linen and back up through the trim. Keep going around both as you make your way down the seam. Keep an eye on your stitch location as you will want to be covering the seam in the linen as you sew.

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Stitch the trim on, all the way to the other corner. Tie a knot.

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Trim the thread and trim off any pom poms that are hanging over the corner. You can add a dab of glue to the pom pom end to prevent fraying.

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Put in the refrigerator for 30 minutes for a rejuvenating summer treat. Or take on the plane to ward off bad smells and stress.


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almost 5 years ago

This project is time consuming but so lovely! and I love the refrigerator suggestion.



almost 5 years ago

Smells great and very easy!



almost 5 years ago

Love this project! The running stitch was way too loose to keep the mix inside so I used a back stitch on the muslin and a sewing machine on the heavier linen. Worked so much better.



over 4 years ago

I think I'll use my sewing machine on this project.



over 4 years ago

What kind of stitch do you use to put on the trim?



over 4 years ago

I hate to admit this, but I am going to try some fabric glue I recently bought by mistake. Sewing is not my thing, so if it works I am happy!



over 4 years ago

@dramameg02 we used a whipstitch. If you're having trouble try to google "whipstitch" for some alternative images and illustrations of how to sew this stitch!



over 4 years ago

@threshkreen sometimes you just gotta take the fast lane. Let us know how it works out!



over 4 years ago

Loved this! Gave it to my friend for her trip to Boston.... I will probably keep this idea in my repetoire!