DIY Yoga bolster and eye pillows

I’m at the tail end of my 6-month, 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) YAY!!! It’s been a wonderful experience and I’m so happy I decided to do this…finally.

Anyway, accessories like bolsters, blocks, blankets, straps, etc. can get pricey, especially since I want EVERYTHING to stock up on to eventually teach my own yoga classes ūüôā

I’ve been known to hoard tuck lots of fabric away so I figured why not give it a¬†try and make my own bolster to practice with at home.

I started here at¬†this great blog ¬†for instructions and they were perfect, easy to follow directions and my bolster came out very solid and very BIG! ¬†I stuffed it using old t-shirts, a jersey dress I didn’t want anymore, socks, towels, scrap fabric, etc. ¬†You can’t believe how much I got into this baby! ¬† It’s a beauty and is perfect for those yin poses like yin fish, ahhhhh, one of my favorites.

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I made these soft, flowery eye pillows using beautiful, vintage handkerchiefs I’ve had squirreled away for a rainy day. ¬†¬†The handkerchief acts as the pillow cover and is removable so that I’ll be able to wash them¬†after use. ¬†For the pillow insert, I just used a white cotton fabric cut to about 4″ x 9″ and filled with about a cup of flax seeds and about a 1/3 cup of dried french lavender buds. ¬†I must say they have a wonderful feel/weight to them, and smell AMAZING! ¬†I’m so excited to use these for my own yoga classes and with my small towel warmer I scored recently from a friend, I envision warm lavender eye pillows after a stretchy, challenging yoga practice making savasana extra yummy, cozy and comforting. ¬†I just¬†can’t wait to share these!

Here are the¬†first pillows I made. ¬†I used a colorful¬†silky blouse I didn’t quite love. ¬†I really do LOVE the print, but I’ve never been much of a “print person”. ¬†Anyway, after making 8 of them I realized I can’t remove the cover for washing. ¬†Duh!! Oh well, live and learn.

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Here are the pretty, lacy handkerchief pillows.

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The colors, the prints and delicate detail of these vintage lovelies makes me sigh.

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Flax seeds and french lavender buds……oh yeah!!

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My two daughters¬†finding their zen…

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Are you ready to get your Namaste on ?!?  I am!

Be well.

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michelle

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