This post contains affiliate links and/or images. I am jealous of my husband’s sleeping habits! He can sleep at a movie, a music festival (it happened), in a car, or anywhere you could imagine. He cannot sleep unless the TV is on, but the light bothers me. This makes it hard for me to sleep. To block the light, I made a No Sew Relaxing Sleep Pillow.
When my kids were little and they couldn’t fall asleep, I would use the No Sew Relaxing Sleep Pillow. It is easy to make and only takes a few inexpensive items. These also make a nice handmade gift!! You can also heat it up in the microwave and use it to relieve sore muscles.
All you need is:
- 1/4 yard of fabric (I choose flannel because it is nice and soft)
- Measuring tape
- Iron on tape
- Long grain rice
- Lavender oil
- Small bowl
Step 1:Pour 2 cups of rice into a bowl. Place 10 drops of lavender oil (adjust to your preference) and stir.
Step 2: Cut two pieces of fabric, 5″ x 10″
Step 3:Lay the 2 pieces of fabric, patterned side up, on top of each other. Place the iron on tape in between the 2 pieces of fabric on one end and the two long sides. Following the directions, iron the 3 sides together.
Step 4: Snip the tips of the fused corners.
Step 5: Turn the sleep pillow right side out. Using the spoon or small measuring cup, pour the rice into the sleep pillow. Don’t overfill the pillow.
Step 6: Fold the open side under and close with the iron on tape.
Now you are ready to use your new relaxing sleep mask!>center/>
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Robin Rue (@massholemommy) saysMarch 7, 2016 at 1:19 pm
I love the fabric you used. It is so colorful 🙂 What a neat idea this is.
Jenna Wood saysMarch 7, 2016 at 2:17 pm
We used to make something similar for bumps and bruises to to toss in the freezer or microwave. i love how great the rice is at absorbing essential oils! #client
Jeanette saysMarch 7, 2016 at 2:32 pm
I need this for my next flight! I have a huge flight coming up and I sleep terrible on planes I could totally use this!
Shauna saysMarch 7, 2016 at 5:00 pm
Oh my goodness, I had the worst head ache the other night and this would have been so helpful. I need to get on the ball and make one now. Love that it is no sew. Thanks for sharing
Theresa Barton saysMarch 11, 2016 at 8:15 am
I will certainly make one of these asap. I would like to suggest this would be great for stress relief, also. Simply make one with eucalyptus mint oil, which is aroma therapy for stress. So thankful for awesome DIL ideas such as these! ?
Danielle H saysMarch 7, 2016 at 5:24 pm
Love this idea! Sometimes I have a heck of a time falling asleep so this might be just what I need.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle saysMarch 7, 2016 at 5:45 pm
I love this! I need all the relaxation I can get, and since I’m not a fan of sewing, this is perfect for me.
MJ L saysMarch 7, 2016 at 5:49 pm
What a fun idea! I love how you can make this without sewing!
Monica saysMarch 7, 2016 at 6:17 pm
I love that you included lavender oil in your pillow – so great for relaxation.We have a few trips coming up and this is perfect!
Diana Elizabeth saysMarch 7, 2016 at 6:35 pm
The eye mask idea is so darling! I have a similar one for my feet and with corn! Love the easy no sew instructions!
Liz Mays saysMarch 7, 2016 at 7:40 pm
This is is awesome. I really need to make a couple of these to keep next to the bed. I’m glad they’re easy to make.
Pam saysMarch 7, 2016 at 7:48 pm
I always love making rice packs like this. They’re so simple and so useful.
Chasing jOy saysMarch 7, 2016 at 7:54 pm
It’s so important to get a good night’s sleep. I’ve been strugling with that myself lately.
Lindsey @ Redhead Baby Mama saysMarch 7, 2016 at 7:56 pm
mmmmmm sleep pillow… now that’s an element of self care I can get into. My aunt swear by filling them with cherry pits, but I’m not sure I can tell the difference.
Ora Lee Gurr saysMarch 7, 2016 at 8:27 pm
What an adorable sleep pillow. Sometimes it is nice to have a comfy little something to block out the light and put some gentle pressure on the forehead. I wonder how people manage to drop off to sleep so easily. It’s good to know there’s something convenient that will help with falling asleep.
Danielle saysMarch 7, 2016 at 9:49 pm
Boy, could I use a good night’s sleep. Looks like I’ll be heading to Walgreen’s tomorrow for a little extra help.
Brandy saysMarch 7, 2016 at 10:06 pm
This is really cool, I love the idea of making your own sleep pillow. I may have to try this for my middle child who has been asking for a sleep mask for awhile.
Kathy saysMarch 7, 2016 at 10:10 pm
I need to make one of these. I think it would help me a lot. I wonder if it would help with my migraines at all too. I’ll have to make some of these soon!
florentina saysMarch 7, 2016 at 11:13 pm
This is really fun ! Thank you for sharing, I need to make a couple of these !
Autumn @Mamachallenge saysMarch 8, 2016 at 12:35 am
That sounds like something I need to make for myself! Anything that helps get some better sleep would be great!
Ann Bacciaglia saysMarch 8, 2016 at 1:15 am
This is a fantastic idea. I will have to try making this with my Daughter. She is going to love it.
gingermommyrants saysMarch 8, 2016 at 1:16 am
I would love one of these pillows. It is so easy to make i am excited to try it. I think it will really help with my headaches.
Lisa Bristol saysMarch 8, 2016 at 1:17 am
I will have to get the supplies i need to make this on the weekens. It would feel great on the neck.
Sabrina saysMarch 8, 2016 at 2:35 am
i need some help relaxing and going to sleep some nights! This could be a huge help!
Seattle Travel Blogger saysMarch 8, 2016 at 3:16 am
Good advice and products for sleep, which is so important.
Crafty idea for a pillow also.
Toni | BoulderLocavore saysMarch 8, 2016 at 8:49 am
What a great idea Kelly! I’ve seen these pillows before and have bought them but a no sew version? Perfect.
Vera Sweeney saysMarch 8, 2016 at 12:23 pm
This is such a cute idea!! I know my daughter would love this, it’s almost like a spa treatment for bed time.
Amy Desrosiers saysMarch 8, 2016 at 12:55 pm
I have one of these I made out of a sock. It works wonders when I need some heat!
Christie saysMarch 8, 2016 at 4:41 pm
I love this pillow for a DIY gift idea! What a great idea for a sick friend!
Shannon Gurnee saysMarch 8, 2016 at 4:48 pm
This sounds like a really great craft project to work on! I love the ways yours turned out!
Veronica saysMarch 8, 2016 at 10:34 pm
This is great! Always a good thing to have a great nights sleep
Rosey saysMarch 9, 2016 at 4:13 pm
That did turn out really cute. I like that it’s so easy and so useful!
Melinda saysMarch 10, 2016 at 7:43 am
i need that as I sit at my work desk utterly exhausted from a couple really bad nights sleep. I have a hard time turning off at night
Coralie saysMarch 16, 2016 at 2:43 pm
This is really fun! I never thought about using ironing tape. I love to sew, but this would be a fun way to make it as well. Thank you for the great idea!
Veronica Lee saysDecember 21, 2016 at 6:40 am
I am making this for my next flight! What an adorable idea!
mycraftingworld saysMarch 24, 2017 at 6:38 am
I have something similar for my shoulders when they get sore. I might take some Advil PM if I had trouble sleeping. These are all good ideas for issues we have at times. Thank you for the suggestions.
Lynne B saysOctober 9, 2017 at 6:11 pm
I have trouble sleeping at night. This sounds like it would help.
mycraftingworld saysOctober 14, 2017 at 6:41 am
The girls want to make one of these for their Mother. We will do it the next time they visit.