A dilly pillow provides a container for one or more herbs, spices or other botanical components. The fabric allows the herbs’ fragrance to escape so that the person sleeping on the pillow can benefit from the aroma. The intended use determines the fabric, herbs and size of the pillow. Create a fancy dilly pillow to serve as a decorative air freshener or a simple one to slip into the pillowcase with a bed pillow for moderate aromatherapy. Anyone with basic sewing skills can make a dilly pillow in less than an hour.
Cut a 6-by-12-inch fabric rectangle. Fold the fabric in half, with the right sides together to form a 6-inch square.
Stitch around two of the square’s open sides with a 3/8-inch seam allowance. Leave the third side open to turn and fill the pillow.
Clip the corners opposite the opening. Turn the pillow right side out.
Fold a 3/8-inch seam allowance on the open side. Pour the botanical elements into the pillow, leaving room to stitch the open side together. Stitch the pillow closed on the sewing machine or blind-stitch the seam by hand.
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