DIY: Dream Pillows

DIY: Dream Pillows #sewing #herbs #aromatherapy

This year I’ve become almost obsessively interested in learning about herbs and both their healing and magical properties. I love making my own scent blends, and discovering new ways to use and make herbal gifts. While shopping at Goodwill, I found a book called, Making Herbal Dream Pillows by Jim Long and fell in love with the idea of making a ‘dream pillow.’

What’s a dream pillow you ask? A ‘dream pillow’ is a small pillow filled with relaxing herbs, like catnip, lavender and mugwort. They were once called ‘comfort pillows’ and used in the sickroom to ease the nightmares that may come with medicine and the smells of illness.

DIY: Dream Pillows #sewing #herbs #aromatherapy"

Supplies Needed

• One 5″ x 12″ piece of cotton fabric (I bought a handful of fat quarters)
• Needle and thread
• Iron and ironing board
• 1/2 cup herb blend (see below)
• Cotton batting or fiberfill
• Sewing machine (optional)

Choosing Herbs

You’ll want to use dried organic herbs either grown from your own garden or purchased at your local apothecary.

Herbs that are great for Dream Pillows are:
Aniseed, Calendula, Balsam Fir, Catnip, Chamomile, Cinnamon, Cloves, Hops, Jasmine, Lavender, Leather, Lemon Balm, Lemongrass, Lemon Verbena, Lilac, Sweet Marjoram, Mimosa Flowers, Mint, Mugwort, Passionflower, Rose, Rosemary, and Thyme.

I chose to make a Pleasant Dreams herbal blend using a recipe from the, “Making Herbal Dream Pillows” book. I also plan to make up my own herb blends and experiment!

DIY: Dream Pillows #sewing #herbs #aromatherapy

Pleasant Dreams Blend

• 1 cup mugwort
• 1/2 cup rose petals
• 1/3 cup chamomile
• 1/3 cup lavender
• 1/3 cup catnip
• 2 tablespoons mint

Makes approx: 3 cups (enough for 5 pillows)

Step 1: Cut your fabric

Always prewash your fabric to remove any excess dyes or other smells. Cut your fabric 5″ x 12″ in size.

DIY: Dream Pillows #sewing #herbs #aromatherapy

Step 2: Sew your pillow

Fold your fabric in half with right sides together so that you have a piece that is 5″ x 6″. Stitch up two sides of the pillow, leaving the folded side not sewn and one end open.

DIY: Dream Pillows #sewing #herbs #aromatherapy

Turn right side out and place a cotton ball sized amount of cotton or fiberfill in the bottom of the cloth “pocket”.

DIY: Dream Pillows #sewing #herbs #aromatherapy

Step 3: Add herbs & finish

Using a funnel, add about 1/2 cup of the dream blend and then some more cotton or fiberfill to the top. Then carefully sew the open end shut using a running stitch. Now your dream pillow is ready to give as a gift or to place inside your pillowcase!

DIY: Dream Pillows #sewing #herbs #aromatherapy

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  1. Karla Lopez says

    Hi there! Love your article. I was just wondering, after we make the pillow, how do we use them? Do you just stick it in the pillow case on top of the pillow? Do we sniff it before going to sleep?

    Thank you!