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DIY Holiday Gift: Herbal Pillows

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There is nothing more satisfying than creating handmade gifts for the holidays.  It’s a great excuse to carve out some space for quiet crafting in the midst of the holiday craziness!  Sewing herbs into beautiful pillows is the perfect way to please the herbal enthusiast in your life--or sneak a little stress-reducing lavender under the pillow of your favorite stressed-out herbal skeptic.

Here are my uber-simple instructions for what you need and how to do it...

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1 Sew your two pieces of fabric together (pretty side in) leaving one side open.

2 Turn inside out so the pattern shows.

3 Stuff the open side with herbs and your choice of stuffing; your favorite herbal blend, along with pillow stuffing, raw wool, or buckwheat works well.

4 Sew the last side closed and you're done!

I recently hauled my dusty sewing machine out of the attic and proceeded on to my favorite fabric store.  Whenever I can find a free minute I retreat to my sewing corner and check another name off my holiday shopping list.

This is what you will need:

  • Sewing machine, or a needle and thread
  • Two 5” x 5” pieces of fabric or an old sweater looking to be reincarnated
  • Pillow stuffing, raw wool or a pound of buckwheat for filling
  • Herbs. Be playful and have fun mixing up different herbal blends for each person on your holiday list.  It’s a nice way to add a personal touch to each pillow.  I tend to include lavender in all my pillows due to its fragrant smell and relaxing qualities.  Lavender is exceptional for easing tension and promoting a sense of inner peace; who doesn’t want a little more of that in their life?

Three Herbal Blends I Love

You can either fill a whole pillow with herbs and stuffing or you can make a small pillow the size of an envelope and tuck it in your pillowcase.  This option lets you use different blends in your pillow depending on the night.  It’s also a great gift set: a little romance, vivid dreams, or deep sleep, your choice!

For the dreamer:  mugwort, rose and lavender.

Mugwort has been used for its dream-promoting qualities for centuries; it has a reputation for making your dreams more vivid and clear as well as helping you remember them.  The rose and lavender combination graciously eases you to sleep.

For the insomniac: hops, chamomile, and lavender.

Hops have a long history of use for insomnia and restless sleep. They are very aromatic and can be overpowering, so make sure to balance them out by adding chamomile and lavender in equal parts.  This will round out the aroma and usher in deep sleep and relaxation.

For the lover: damiana, rose, lavender.

Want to spark a little romance under the sheets?  I can’t think of a better way than adding the romantic scent of rose, the spicy aphrodisiac energy of damiana and the soothing smell of lavender to inspire the mood


  • Sew your two pieces of fabric together (pretty side in) leaving one side open.
  • Turn inside out, so the pattern shows.
  • Stuff the open side with herbs and your choice of stuffing.
  • Sew the remaining side closed.
  • Sleep pillows are a time-honored way to bring herbs into the bedroom.  Have fun and enjoy the medicinal aromas.

Jovial King is an herbalist, entrepreneur, organic lifestyle diva, and mother of two boys. Please visit her website at urbanmoonshine.com.

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