Lavender-Lemon Eye Mask

by Mandi Meek

Native Foods Cafe


Nothing beats ice-cold Lavender Lemonade on a warm, sunny
day on your local Native Foods patio. With summer just around the corner, I
began to mentally prepare myself for the months ahead without air conditioning.
Something I learned a long time ago is that nothing beats a cool eye mask
straight out of the freezer on a hot summer night.  
So in preparation for summer, I’ve made a couple new ones to
get me through the warm nights. Inspired by Native Foods’ own lavender

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The “ingredients” are things you may already have around
your home. I’m a huge fan of the reduce-reuse-recycle motto, and when crafting
I try to use things I already have. Traditionally, eye masks are constructed of
some silky or smooth textured fabric. If that’s what your in the mood for, I
recommend using a scarf from your local thrift store.

A quick note about silk — the fabric not the drink — silk
is created by silkworms who spin cocoons and then they are killed in boiling
water. In order to create valuable silk
strands, it is “necessary” to
kill the silkworms because if they develop into moths, they will chew the
cocoon to escape. Therefore the cocoons are damaged creating shorter and less
valuable silk stands than a whole cocoon. This is why some vegans, like myself,
avoid silk products. A great alternative to silk is rayon, which is plant
derived yet semi-synthetic. You can also use cotton or any other fabric as
well, but personally, I like the feeling of cold silky fabrics the best for my
eye masks.


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What you’ll need:

A piece of fabric 8.5” X 11”

1.5 cups of whole flaxseed

2 T of dried lavender

Dried zest from one lemon

A medium bowl

Sewing machine (or thread and needle)

Fabric glue

Straight pins

Piece of paper or better yet my instruction template

Funnel (or make a paper cone funnel)


Lavender-Lemon Eye Mask template


Quick note: Normally, citrus has a strong scent that tends
to energize. However, I believe that the dried lemon zest has a sweeter scent
and that it absorbs some of the more pungent tones of the lavender.  This combination results in an overall
sweeter smelling mask than your traditional lavender eye mask, but that’s just
my observation!


First, print the free template and cut out your fabric. Pin
together the good side on the inside. Sew respecting the seam allowance and the
gap. Remove pins. Next, run a thin line of glue between your two pieces of
fabric along where you just sewed. This creates a barrier so you don’t wake up
with flaxseeds everywhere in the months to come. Allow this to dry according to
time on the bottle.


Once your fabric glue has dried, grab your remaining
ingredients. Empty your 1.5 cups of flaxseeds, 2 T of dried lavender, and dried
lemon zest into the bowl. Mix well.


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Then, turn your eye mask inside out so that the good side is
one the outside. With your funnel, gently fill your mask with your flaxseed
mixture until your mask is flexible and floppy yet weighted. Fold in the fabric
of the gap, pin and sew. If desired add a thin line of glue to the outside of
where the whole was.


Stick this bad boy in the freezer — I keep mine in a little
Tupperware just to avoid any contact with ice or food.


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Then come nighttime, pull it out and relax with your new


Sweet dreams!


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