I made these as Christmas gifts for my prayer group. Every year we exchange small gifts, usually something we make for each other. So I thought I would post this tutorial for you. They don’t take long, although there is a tiny bit of handwork to finish them off.
I gathered the lavender this summer, planning to use it for sachets, but hadn’t decided what the sachet was going to look like until now. Three bushes gave me about four quarts.
I could have used many different fabrics, but since I was using lavender, I thought purple would be appropriate. Here are the tools and ingredients you need to make a 3″ or so sachet. Or forget the lavender and stuff them with wool batting, to use for a pincushion. Why use wool? It has enough oil in it to keep pins from rusting.
Here are the directions:
Cut FOUR 3″ squares, one from each print.
Assemble them by sewing two squares together.
Press open and sew the squares together as a Four Patch.
Now fold the sewn patchwork in half, so you have a rectangle and sew across the short ends. Backstitch at the beginning and end of the seams.
Bring the two seams together, and pin so the seam allowances are opposing.
Sew from one end, beginning and stopping about half way to the center seam with a backstitch. Turn the unit around and repeat from the other end. Leave a large enough opening in the center for the funnel.
Diagonally trim off the corners, to lessen the bulk, be careful not to clip the seams.
Turn inside out, gently push out the corners. I use a chopstick for this purpose.
Insert funnel in opening and pour in lavender. The picture shows it sitting on the table, but you have to hold it up, so the lavender will drop into the sachet. Hold the sachet and funnel together, with one hand and gently push the lavender in with the chopstick with the other hand. This took a little bit of doing, but I got the hang of it. You will understand when you actually do it.
Place small amount of stuffing on top of the lavender. This accomplishes two purposes, it adds a little more fullness to the sachet and it keeps the lavender from falling out while you are sewing it together.
Hand stitch the opening closed.
All finished, they smell wonderful!
Tags: gift, lavender, pincushion, sachet, tutorial
What a great idea…and I have several lavender bushes!
When I collected the lavender, I placed them, flower heads down in large paper grocery sacks, to dry for several days. A lot of directions tell you to hang them in bunches, but I had no place to do that. When they are dry, rub the flower heads between your hands to remove them, letting them fall into the bag. Take your time doing it, as the scent is overwhelming. Throw the stalks away. I put the lavender into a gallon apothecary jar.
What a great idea. It seems easy enough. And thanks for the tip about using wool so the pins don’t rust–if you use this for a pincushion.
My first quilting teacher taught me about using wool in pincushions and I have been doing it ever since.