10 August 2009

Tip of the Day 10 August 2009

Sleep well on a scented pillow

My lavender bushes are stunning at the moment, so many flowers and the scent is just beautiful. I love my lavender pillows and sachets and looking at the bushes the other day reminded me to get out the sewing machine and make some more. They are really easy to do and are a great way of using up scraps of pretty fabric, old doileys and serviettes, even scarves and handkerchiefs.

Take two pieces of fabric measuring 15cm by 22cm each (scarves are lovely). Pick a pretty fabric that’s not too fragile. Sew the pieces together inside out, leaving a 2.5cm opening on one of the sides. Turn the pouch inside out and fill with 1 cup small grain rice. Add scented flowers like lavender and chamomile and a drop of your favourite essential oil or perfume. Sew or glue up the opening. You can vary the size with different sized pieces of cloth, to make it square, really big for a head, round for a seat or back, etc. It’s a great way to relax with your favourite scent.

From the May, 2004 Cheapskates Journal


  1. Can you please tell me what the rice is for in the lavender sachets. I always make them but have never added rice. I love the smell of lavender Val

    1. The rice plumps out the sachets, means you can use less lavender and it absorbs the essential oil if you use it. You don't need to use rice, they just make nicer feeling sachets and little pillows if you do.


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