Handmade Holiday 2012: Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, dear reader! Hope you welcomed 2013 with friends, laughter and bubbly drinks. I myself had one hell of a night but now am resigned on this New Years Day to bring you another project I had intended for this year's Handmade Holiday series.

Behold a Hanging Lavender Sachet! A great gift to keep on hand for those times you forget about someone's birthday or that you were supposed to get a hostess gift. It's a nice subtle way of telling your friends, family and coworkers that their clothes smell funny. Also the perfect way to deplete your massive fabric scrap stash. Everyone has one of those, right?

Materials:

  • Two pieces of quilting cotton 6"x 6"
  • 6" of coordinating ribbon
  • One non-shank button
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron/ironing board
  • Hand sewing needle
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Lavender buds
  • Sealable tea bags

Press your fabric until it is totally smooth using the appropriate setting on your iron for cotton. Measure, mark and cut out your 6"x 6" squares of fabric. 

  To cut the second piece, I usually pin the first one and cut around it

To cut the second piece, I usually pin the first one and cut around it

Then cut a piece of ribbon approximately 6" long and turn it into a loop by placing one end on top of the other.

 Next sandwich the ribbon loop between the two fabric squares with right sides (the sides you want to face out in the end) together. Pin around all the edges.

Stitch around the square with at least a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving the side opposite the ribbon loop open 4". Backstitch at the beginning and end of each side. Turn right sides out using the opening and press flat. If necessary, trim your corners diagonally to reduce the bulk in each corner. Also see the technique in the Reusable Hot/Cold Pack project for an easy corner turning trick.

Fill a sealable tea bag with lavender buds and seal with the tip of your iron.

Slide the full tea bag into the sachet. Turn the edges of the opening to the inside and pin closed.

Top stitch around all four sides approximately 1/8" from the edge. A great technique for turning the corners while top stitching: lower your needle at the corner, raise the presser foot, pivot your fabric 90 degrees, lower the presser foot and continue sewing. Repeat at each corner and backstitch at the beginning and end.

  Stop about 1/8" from the edge, lift the presser foot

Stop about 1/8" from the edge, lift the presser foot

  Pivot 90 degrees, lower presser foot

Pivot 90 degrees, lower presser foot

Lightly press top stitched edges. Thread a handsewing needle with your thread and tie a knot in the ends. Sew the button in the center of the sachet through all layers.

  Hide the knot by taking a small bit on the top and covering it with the button

Hide the knot by taking a small bit on the top and covering it with the button

  Finish by wrapping the thread around the button and looping it through itself twice

Finish by wrapping the thread around the button and looping it through itself twice

Woo hoo! You now have a great gift or a little something for yourself.

Next up... a winter must-have Lavender Arnica Hand Salve!