It’s foggy and raining in Downeast Maine today so I got out the sewing machine and set to work making a dream pillow. Dream pillows are little pillows that slip between your bed pillow and pillow case. They’re filled with dried herbs or dried flowers and the scent is reported to be relaxing and promotes restful sleep. I’m all about sleep and relaxation, so here’s how I did it:
- two pieces of material (I used some leftover muslin) 12″ long x 9″ wide (allowing for 1/2″ seam allowance)
- 2 cups dried lavender buds
- 1/4 cup dried rosemary
- 1 Tablespoon powdered orris root
- 7-10 drops lavender essential oil (more or less depending on your preference)
cut the material into 2 rectangles 12″ x 9″ , stitch 3 sides (wrong sides facing) then turn right side out.
turn in each piece of the open side 1/2″ and stitch the velcro into the opening (the velcro opening will allow you to add to or change the herbs/flowers inside or refresh the essential oil whenever you choose).
In a bowl, mix the lavender, rosemary and orris root. Add essential oil a few drops at a time until you achieve the scent you desire (keeping in mind your nose will be very close to the pillow as well as remembering the scent has to make it through 2 layers of fabric).
Mix well and pour into the dream pillow case. Remember you will be sleeping on this pillow so you don’t want it overfilled and lumpy. You can always add more lavender and rosemary later on if you want.
Seal the velcro shut and slide the dream pillow into your pillow case. To ensure it’s working properly, test drive it by taking a lovely Sunday afternoon nap.