DIY Spa Mask
Adapted from a pattern designed by Deb Jensen, made by Wendy Musgrave
Make an eye mask from a terry-cloth towel, then fill it with therapeutic herbs. Cool it in the freezer or heat it in the microwave—aah!
- Bath towel
- Natural filler (see spa mask fillers, below)
- Fine-point permanent marking pen
- Small funnel
Finished size: 4-1/4×8-1/4"
Print spa mask pattern below; cut out. Cut two pieces from a bath towel. Be sure to transfer the dots (matching points) marked on the patterns to the templates, then to the fabric pieces.
Assemble Spa Mask:
1. Set stitch length at 2.5 to 3.0 mm (about 8–10 stitches per inch); pin pieces together with right sides together and sew, leaving an opening for turning between dots, as shown on pattern.
2. Clip seam allowances on curved areas (Diagram 1). Turn to right side.
3. Insert end of a small funnel into spa mask opening. Using selected filler (see spa mask filler, below), fill spa mask to desired level. Do not overfill. Hand-sew opening closed with a tightly stitched seam.
Spa Mask Filler:
Basic mix for one eye pillow:
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup flaxseed
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup dried lavender buds
- 1 to 2 tablespoons dried peppermint leaves (optional)
- 1 to 2 tablespoons dried rose petals (optional)
- 1 to 4 drops lavender oil (depending on desired strength of fragrance)
Recipe for Bath Fizzes:
- 1/4 cup Epsom salts
- 1/2 cup citric acid (available at natural-foods stores)
- 1 cup baking soda
- 3/4 cup cornstarch
- Resealable plastic bag: quart-size
- Essential oil (such as lavender)
- Food coloring: pink
- Silicone mold
1. Mix 1/4 cup Epsom salts, 10–15 drops of essential oil, and a few drops of food coloring in a quart-size resealable plastic bag. Seal bag and shake until evenly blended. The color will be darker than the color of the final bath fizz.
2. Place salts from bag, 1/2 cup citric acid, 1 cup baking soda, and 3/4 cup cornstarch in a nonmetallic bowl. Stir with nonmetal spoon or spatula. Lightly mist with water, stirring constantly. Continue misting until mixture sticks together when packed.
3. Press mixture into silicone mold. Let set overnight to dry. Carefully remove one bath fizz from the mold. If it releases easily, remove remaining fizzes from mold. Allow more drying time if needed.
Spa in a Box:
Give the gift of relaxation with a pretty presentation inside a box. Pretty jars house homemade salt and sugar scrub treatments, and custom-made bath fizzes are packaged inside a cellophane bag. A DIY spa mask helps the recipient relax. Purchased items, such as a candle and a bar of soap, help round out the assortment. Unify the look with labels printed onto stitcker paper or cardstock for each item. Download the labels below.