In my backyard I have a bower on which morning glories entwine in the spring and summer. I have always loved the cheerful face the flowers give to the day, especially as I am not a morning person. I can see the blooms from my bedroom window and so, no matter how grouchy I might be when I drag myself from the warm embrace of my bed, I smile when I catch sight of the blue and purple flowers.
Morning glory seeds added to dream pillows keep nightmares at bay. Perhaps this is because they carry in them a promise of the morning to come, when the sunrise banishes the monsters of the night.
Make dream pillows to help with prophetic dreams, or to ease your mind to sleep. Make one for the child who wakes up from nightmares. She can reach for her sleep pillow, inhale the scent of lavender and lemon balm and fall back asleep, knowing her dreams will be sweetened by the scents. To refine your spell craft, use linen—dreams and linen both share an association with water. If you want inspiring dreams, use silk thread for the embroidery for its association with the air element. If you need deep sleep, make use of cotton’s grounding earth vibrations.
Dream Pillow Design ( pdf | jpg )
Blue fabric about 12″ x 12″
Lightweight fusible interfacing
Embroidery thread in blue, purple and silver
Embroidery hoop and needle
9 morning glory seeds
1/4 cup dried lavender flowers
1) Print out the Dream Pillow Design by clicking on the links here: pdf | jpg. Use the pdf link to print the image as is. The jpg link is provided for you to manipulate (enlarge, reduce, rotate, etc.).
2) Transfer the embroidery design onto the fabric. You can use transfer paper, or trace the pattern right on the fabric. I pinned the design to the fabric and taped it to the window to trace it. I use the Pilot Frixion Clicker pens because the ink disappears from fabric when ironed.
3) Stitch the design with three strands of embroidery thread (1 blue, 1 purple, 1 silver). Use a stem, chain or split stitch. Use an embroidery hoop to keep the fabric taut.
4) When finished, apply fusible interfacing to the back of the design.
5) With the design centered, cut the fabric out in a 6” square. Cut a back piece of fabric also in a 6” square.
6) With right sides together, stitch a ½” seam along all sides of the square, leaving a 3” gap for turning. Back stitch at the start and finish of the seam.
7) Trim the corners and seam allowances.
8) Turn the pillow right side out. Press.
9) Stuff the pillow with the morning glory seeds and lavender. Do not over stuff.
10) Edge stitch ¼” around all sides of the pillow. Work slowly, shifting the lavender and morning glory seeds to the center to avoid catching them in the needle.
11) When you are finished, hold the pillow in both hands and charge it with restful sleep intentions. Say:
“Lavender sweet and glory of day
Please keep any nightmares at bay,
Should haunted thoughts disturb this guarded rest
Please help usher in a sleep that’s blessed.”¹
You can call upon one of the gods of sleep or dreams to bless the pillow as well.
Place the dream pillow under your own. Should negative thoughts rouse you to wakefulness, grip your dream pillow, inhale the lavender scent and allow it to lull you back to sleep.
¹ Many thanks to my partner, Stephan, for putting together a chant to replace my clumsy attempts at ritual rhyming.