So, as is the case with most Craftsters (I assume), I'm making some of my holiday gifts. Things are verrrrry busy around here in Craftster-land with sweets being gone for maternity leave, so I needed quick simple gifts that I could get done easily after working a long day. I thought that my grandma would appreciate some lovely lavender sachets for her drawers.
First, let me apologize for using the busiest fabric known to man.
It was on $2/yd clearance at Joann! And even though it's not really lavender, in my mind it really fit this project. For these two sachets I used a ridiculously small amount.What you'll need:
Scrap/small pieces of fabric (unless you want to make lots), I used cotton
3x5 card (optional)
Cut out your pieces. I used 4x4 inch squares just because. You can really make them whatever size you feel is best. The small piece at the end was just a remnant that didn't quite equal 4 inches. I'll still be using it, though!
Next, pin your pieces, right sides together, and start sewing about an inch from the corner.
(Sorry so out of focus!)
You're going to sew all the way around until you get to the side you started on and sew about an inch down that side and stop. You can see where I've stopped here by looking at the pins. Obviously if your sachet is a different shape you can sew less than or more than one inch, you just need to have a decent sized opening left.
If you can remember, clip your fabric corners then turn inside out. (I say if you remember because while I was making this tute, I didn't think about it!) You can see that when you turn it inside out, the fabric folds and doesn't stick out all wonky. This is very helpful!. I <3 quilting cotton!
(Dangit! also out of focus.
Next, you're going to topstitch the same way you already stitched the pieces together. Leaving the opening... open.
Now, take your 3x5 card and fold it in half. Put your lavender on the card.
I bought lavender from Joann. It was $4 for 4oz! I don't know anything about this kind of thing but that seemed expensive to me. It was also made for spa products so maybe it was a better quality? If you want to make lots and don't want to "water down" your lavender with rice (like I did) you may want to find a cheaper alternative!
Here's how I put it in. I put the lavender/rice in the folded card and stuck the card in this way.
Then I flipped it this way and squished the card open (if that makes any sense).
Make sure it isn't too awfully full because you want to machine sew it shut. Just line up your previous topstitching and basically connect the dots!
It still needed something, though, so I took a vintage button and a regular button and sewed them in the middle.
Now, if you'd like a sachet with a loop, just add these directions to the beginning.
Cut yourself a length of fabric (or make one if your scraps aren't long enough!
Fold each side in toward the middle,
then fold the entire thing in half.
Pin in place and sew. I sewed down mine twice for added strength but I guess you don't have to. Or if you have a double needle you could bust that out! Just make sure you get as close to the edge as you can to help it from coming unfolded.
Now you've got this:
Which you can put like this:
Then put your next piece on top. You'll have to use more pins for this than for the one sans loop!
Now just continue from the beginning (just make sure the loop is on one of the sides that you sewed up completely.
And here's your finished loopy sachet!