Make your own eco eye pillow

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Made a resolution to yoga more this year? (Yes, I'm using yoga as a verb) I've already covered eco-friendly yoga mats and mat bag, but here's another eco yoga prop you might like: A Love Forever eye pillow to place over your eyes during shavasana.

And you can make it yourself! Love Forever offers $15 Lavender Eye Pillow Kits, which include scraps of vintage and new fabric, silk, organic lavender and flaxseed, plus instructions to put them all together.

The less crafty-courageous, of course, can buy pre-made pillows from Love Forever's Etsy shop. The patchwork eye pillows are each handmade by Kayte Terry, a crafty gal in Brooklyn who sews together scraps of vintage and reproduction cotton fabrics to create one-of-a-kind look. The back fabric's pure silk to rest softly on your eyes, and the filling's organic lavender and flaxseed.

Kayte says she started out making the eye pillows for friends as gifts -- until people started ordering more for their friends. In fact, the pillow above's the one I got it in a shwag bag at the opening for an upscale eco-friendly home boutique in Santa Monica called Fred Segal Green, which took notice of Kayte's crafting skills from afar.

"I have been a sewer and upcycler pretty much my whole life," Kayte says. In fact, she's written a book -- Complete Embellishing: Techniques and Projects -- that features lots of upcycled sewing projects.

Looking for more upcycled sewing projects or products? Try these:

>> DIY: Make Your Jeans Fit Again. Leslie at The Oko Box shows how you can adapt your favorite jeans to the new, bigger you.

>> Get an upcycled T-shirt memory blanket made. Maureen at The Alternative Consumer explains how Etsy-based Art2TheExtreme will create this memento for you for $85.

>> Read Crafting a Green World. This blog gives you the news on latest upcycled products to instructions on upcycled DIY projects.
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BlogHer Contributing Editor Siel's not a sewer but is a knitter. She also blogs at greenLAgirl.com.

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