The workshop is a both a wonderful cavern of delights and a tar pit from which can be unearthed items long forgotten. This is to be expected when one has spent years raiding the local craft stores, high on creativity and in possession of 50% of coupons. You end up coming home with at least one item you hadn’t intended but you picked up, “Just in case”, which subsequently gets shoved into the deep recesses of some cupboard. If you are lucky, when you stumble upon one of these items you remember what project you got it for. If you are phenomenally lucky you find that you even have the time for that project.
Which brings me to a zip lock bag of lavender given to me several years ago by my friend, Jennifer. I had had grand plans of making lavender sachets for the blankets and sheets, but never had the time for it. Recently, I came across the bag, tucked inside a box. Right next to it I found an unopened package of waste canvas. If I am to go by the picture of the child rocking out to her portable CD player, my guess is that it dates from last century. These two discoveries, found so close together convinced me that the Universe wanted me to sit, warm and cozy under a blanket, and stitch something.
I settled on a dream pillow. I’ve made them before. In fact there is a very nice design for one in my book, Sew Witchy. However, all the ones I’ve sewn in the past have gone to my family and friends. I don’t actually have one for myself. I decided I wanted to take my dream pillow in a different direction, as well. As someone who often suffers from insomnia and who has been having a very hard time sleeping the last year, I wanted to go beyond the usual herb and crystal route. With this project, I’m adding a written element to the materia magica. I’m also taking advantage of New Year and January energies to set an intention for my sleep.
To start, I made the cross stitch design. Using a program called KG-Chart, I made a small design, with a flower made from hearts because one of my goals this year is to be kinder and more loving to myself. I added the word “dream” because my goal is to have lovely dreams. And I chose colors that are pleasing to me. If you want to stitch the design as well you can click this link to download the PDF chart.
For the inside I’m using the lavender, as well as some amethyst chips, morning glory seeds and my written affirmation. You can use any herb or crystal combination you wish. Below are a few suggestions depending on what you want your dream pillow to accomplish.
Herb and Crystal Combinations for the Cross Stitch Dream Pillow
To Encourage Prophetic Dreams
- bay laurel
- dream quartz
To Protect Your Sleep or Dreams
- smoky quartz
For Calm and Restful Sleep
- lemon balm
- black tourmaline
Since what I want is deep and restful sleep, I wrote that down in affirmation format on a slip of paper to go into the dream pillow. “I sleep deeply. My dreams are sweet.” This tied into and reinforced the imagery of the cross stitch design. I want to be reminded of that affirmation everytime I see the dream pillow so that I am always aware of my sleep being restful and my dreams are pleasant.
Sewing the Cross Stitch Dream Pillow
If you want to sew your own affirmation filled dream pillow, follow the instructions below.
- 2 pieces of 8″ x 8″ linen, cotton or other breathable material in a color you like
- 1 piece of 8″ x 8″ waste canvas*
- Embroidery thread in the colors listed in the pattern or similar shades
- 1/4 cup of a mix of the herbs from the lists above, or of your own choosing
- Chips of crystals/stones from the list above, or of your own choosing, if desired
- A slip of paper
- Sewing thread that matches the linen
* If you have never worked with waste canvas before read up on it here. It’s not really hard, but it does add a couple more steps in the cross stitch process.
- An embroidery hoop about 6″ in size
- Embroidery needle
- Sewing needle
- pen or pencil
- Cross stitch dream pillow design
- Place the waste canvas over one of the pieces of linen and center inside the embroidery hoop.
- Working the cross stitch design from the center out, stitch the design. Work with two strands of embroidery thread.
- When finished remove the fabric from the embroidery hoop and pull out the waste canvas.
- Press the embroidered linen. Set it on top of the remaining linen piece with the embroidery design facing in.
- Cut both pieces of fabric into a 5″ x 5″ square with the embroidery design centered in the square.
- Stitch 1/4″ from the edge all the way around the square, leaving a small 1″ gap for turning.
- Fill the heart with the herbs, crystals and–if desired–your affirmation.
- Slip stitch the opening closed.
The finished sachet is about 4 1/2″ square.
You can place your dream pillow under your others on your bed. Or you can add a ribbon and hang it from your bedframe, place it on your nightstand, or even tuck it into your pillowcase. As long as it is near where you sleep it will work its magick.
As always if you have any questions about the tutorial, please feel free to comment here and I’ll try to answer. Also, if you make this project please share a picture. I’d love to see what people are doing with these tutorials.