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A Handmade Aromatherapy Pillow for Father’s Day

Father's Day is just round the corner (June 19, Sunday)

And, like ever year, this year, too, Pari made something special for her Papa. And, this special gift – an aromatherapy pillow – was intended to calm, soothe and relax her papa whose boss, she thinks, "makes him work very hard"! But, this is not all she wants to present to him as she's not content with giving him just one gift. She wants to give him couple of more surprises.

Talking about surprises… 

This aromatherapy pillow was meant to be given on June 19 but the plans went kaput as the daddy came home early that day while she was still in the process of making (in the living room). But, before he had time to make head and tail of her gift under construction, she ran to another room and carried on there. Though, he could smell (and literally) something – well, not fishy, but sweet and invigorating!

She was pretty close to completing the pillow. So, when he came back after getting refreshed, she gave it it to him rather than waiting till June 19.

Here are step-by-step pictures of how she made it:

First, she filled a box with enough rice to fill the cotton bag that she was going to make. 

But, even before this, she went through a pile of fabric scraps that I had collected over time – left-overs from my sewed dresses, and from a friendly neighbourhood tailor shop (that tailor knows I love collecting fabric scraps and saves those for me!). So, she chose a rectangular bright blue and white tie and dye cotton fabric. I think this was perfect. Being cotton, it was soft and non-allergic and the blue was so soothing. 

From Jasmine, Rose and Sandal Wood powder that we bought from our recent visit to Mysore; to Patchouli essential oil; to natural Rose Water – she added little bit of all these to the rice.

She also dabbed some cotton with Attar (natural perfume obtained from flowers) and added it to the rice tray.

Then, she gave the rice a nice mix and while doing so enjoyed herself thoroughly taking in all the aroma…!

Now was the time to sew the fabric from three sides and I thought this was a perfect opportunity to introduce some sewing to a 5-year old. As expected, she was all excited about it. I showed her a few times and she was hooked.

And, in a few minutes, we had the pillow/pouch ready!

She was elated how she had just converted a fabric into a pouch but was also sad that the sewing got over too soon. She would have wanted to go on sewing longer. Hmm…never mind, I have many more sewing projects in mind for her… (winks)

And here is when the Papa made an entry!  When he went inside the room to freshen up, she filled the rice in the pouch and stitched the top end.

And voila, her aromatherapy pillow was ready. It was the most colourful and sweetest smelling aromatherapy pouch I had ever seen! 

She decided to present him the gift then and there because the eagerness of showing him her handmade creation was a bit too much to contain!

I could see him all misty-eyed with her gift, gesture and affection.

And, she was feeling proud that her pillow was so soothing, it put him to sleep in her lap in a jiffy!

My little Pari, we love you for all the loving effort and enthusiasm you put into making the Mother's day gift for me and now this one for your Papa. We will treasure it for ever… (smiles).

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  • pupli das June 9, 2011, 1:07 pm

    such a lovely n a cute idea dear….just loved it!!!! :)

    • Rashmie Jaaju June 14, 2011, 10:20 am

      Pupli,
      Thanks for your comment. It always makes our day :)

  • param June 9, 2011, 1:08 pm

    Pari, god bless you girl, you are simply amazing, loved this pillow. Rashmie, you have captured the duo so beautifully ” A picture is worth a thousand words” need i say more:)

    • Rashmie Jaaju June 16, 2011, 8:31 am

      Param, thank you for your lovely words :) This duo is always loving and fighting simultaneously! ;)

  • Shabla Mathur June 9, 2011, 1:37 pm

    This is the most beauuutiful gift a doll can evr gift her father…..shez simplyyy addorable…luvd d way she relaxes her father in her lap….am rele touched! God bless her n her father today n alwayz…..luv u Rashmi for capturing dis soooooo beautifully..!!!

    • Rashmie Jaaju June 16, 2011, 8:36 am

      Shabla,
      Thank you my friend for your lovely words and wishes. it’s so good to hear from you.
      Do keep in touch. It makes my day to hear from old friends… :)

  • Gaurav Bansal June 9, 2011, 5:28 pm

    Just Superb…..

    • Rashmie Jaaju June 16, 2011, 8:37 am

      Thank you, Gaurav :)

  • aanchal June 10, 2011, 4:45 am

    i am speechless..its one of the sweetest things i have ever seen :) kudos to pari and you !

    • Rashmie Jaaju June 16, 2011, 8:38 am

      Thanks, Aanchal for stopping by to share your lovely words.. :)
      I love hearing from you…

  • mummiafelice June 10, 2011, 9:31 am

    What a gorgeous post!…and such a lovely idea!

    Thanks for linking up to Handmade Thursday! This is brilliant!

    • Rashmie Jaaju June 16, 2011, 8:39 am

      @mummiafelice – thank you for stopping by to encourage… :)

  • michelle twin mum June 11, 2011, 9:55 am

    Ahh beautiful, I bet daddy was thrilled. Mich x

    • Rashmie Jaaju June 16, 2011, 8:40 am

      Hi Michelle,
      Thank you! Yes, Daddy was thrilled to bits… :)

  • Rachele @Messy Kids June 16, 2011, 4:02 pm

    I love this unique idea! I’ve featured you this week on It’s Playtime! Thanks for sharing with us!

    Rachele @ Messy Kids

  • Rashmie Jaaju June 17, 2011, 4:55 am

    Rachele,
    Thank you for featuring us in your wonderful link party!

  • creativejewishmom/sara June 21, 2011, 8:27 pm

    very sweet project and love the story! thanks so much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

    • Rashmie Jaaju June 22, 2011, 5:57 am

      Sara,
      Thank you for stopping by and for hosting the linky. I was able to get many more ideas from there…

  • Michelle Willow June 24, 2011, 4:56 pm

    Totally cute pictures! :)

    • Rashmie Jaaju June 24, 2011, 6:41 pm

      Thank you, Michelle :)

  • Aimee June 25, 2011, 3:14 am

    This is a great idea that is straight from the heart! Learning to sew is a lost art! Thanks for sharing it on the Sunday Showcase! See you this Sunday