how to make a dream pillow- moon phases free pattern

I like to give my little ladies new dream pillows every year on the night of the winter solstice. I started this tutorial back in July of 2009, but never got around to finishing it. Seriously, this post has been sitting, partially finished, in my dashboard for over a year! I felt now was a great time to share the pattern and how to.
  
 
  
What you need:
gray felt 
yellow felt
black cotton emb. floss
yellow cotton emb. floss
silver shiny emb. floss
straight pins
scissors
dry herbs
wool or polyfill stuffing
 
 Step 1- Cutting out the moon shapes

 cut out pattern, pin crescent on one

 You should have 3 pieces: 2 full moons and one crescent moon. Pin the crescent moon onto one of the gray circles. Leave the other gray circle as is, this will be your full moon piece.


Step 2: The detailing **Click on the orange links for “stitch how to”
 
I used the split stitch for the details in the moon. Split stitch the eye and craters on the crescent moon side of the pillow.

 split stitch eye and craters

 Now split stitch the eyes and craters on the full moon piece.

 eyes and crater on full moon

 Whip stitch the crescent moon to it’s gray backing.

whip stitch crescent to moon

whip stitch the inside of the crescent moon

 
Step 3: Stitching the moons together


Put right sides together of both moons now. Blanket stitch or whip stitch the moons together, leaving a small opening for stuffing and the herbs. I did a blanket stitch here.

 blanket or whip stitch

blanket stitch or whip around edges

Step 4: Add dried herbs and filling. Stitch closed.

I like to add dried lavender buds or rosemary to their pillows because we grow it organically in our garden.  Here’s a little list to work with, you can mix and match but make sure the odor is pleasant and not over bearing.

Herbs for the pillow-

angelica : prophetic dreams and visions
anise: use  a little to repel nightmares
bay laurel: inspiration; repels negativity
cedar:  repel bad dreams
cloves: retrieves buried memories; use sparingly
hops: restful sleep and healing
lavender: calming and helps to fall asleep
marjoram: relieves depression
mugwort: visions and prophetic dreams
mullein: repels bad dreams
rosemary: avoid nightmares and headaches; great for memory; use sparingly
st. johns wort: banishes spirits

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15 Comments

  • January 7, 2011 - 3:44 pm | Permalink

    this is awesome. Did you know that I was JUST talking to my husband about wanting to make dream pillows for the girls? My older girl is having trouble sleeping letely and I was thinking a lavender scented pillow couldn’t hurt.
    thanks for this tutorial!

  • December 27, 2010 - 11:44 pm | Permalink

    Hi,

    Just wanted to let you know I’ve featured your tutorial in a blog post about decorating a kids outer space themed playroom. thanks and best wishes! http://wp.me/pkcUM-x3

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  • December 23, 2010 - 10:39 am | Permalink

    I love these pillows. I did not get to make it for the Solstice, but I plan on working on it tonight and hope to have it ready for Christmas.

  • December 21, 2010 - 8:09 pm | Permalink

    I love it! I’m an amateur astronomer, sooo perfect for the winter solstice and the lunar eclipse we just had this morning (21st). I would have thought to use white but the yellow is much better. I’ll definitely have to make one!! Thanks for the tutorial.

  • Robin
    December 16, 2010 - 11:09 am | Permalink

    I love that little pillow…I feel like I have seen it in my house before… :)

  • December 16, 2010 - 10:37 am | Permalink

    very sweet dream pillows. Goose has beenwanting to make some herself. she has decided she wants to study herbology!!! so cute
    have a lovely week
    lisa

  • December 16, 2010 - 10:03 am | Permalink

    This is so sweet!!! I just might have to make a few for new baby gifts. Thanks!

  • December 16, 2010 - 9:45 am | Permalink

    I love these! Do you use wool felt?

  • December 16, 2010 - 8:12 am | Permalink

    Such a wonderful idea :)

  • December 15, 2010 - 11:36 pm | Permalink

    How cool! I want to make this!!!

  • December 15, 2010 - 8:16 pm | Permalink

    This is such a sweet and simple idea! we love looking at and following the moon cycles at our house–this would be such a terrific way to add some extra fun.

  • December 15, 2010 - 4:52 pm | Permalink

    Oh my Lisa, I love these dream pillows. Fred has made dream pillows as long as I’ve known him…I think we will have to try this pattern. They are gorgeous. xoxo
    ps – and those cats….meow!

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