Wednesday, February 8, 2012

SMELL THE FLOWERS - LAVENDER SACHETS

About this time of year, the only thing you can smell in Wisconsin is dinner in the oven, or the dry smell of "heat" coming from the furnace.  So, you start to crave smelling anything fresh and ALIVE.  Wouldn't it be wonderful to be in the middle of this?  
Well, this is the next best thing.  Lavender buds.  Did you know that in the language of flowers, lavender denotes purity, silence, and devotion?  

Nice..

I bought a pound of lavender buds a while back and still had some left.  So, I printed some beautiful images from the Graphics Fairy onto TAP (Transfer Artist Paper by Leslie Riley), and then onto plain white cotton.  TAP is the only transfer paper I have found that can be printed in an inkjet printer, ironed onto fabric, and still not leave a plastic-like surface on your fabric.  Just trim it close to your graphic and iron it on.  I bought mine on Ebay, since I had a hard time finding a store that carried it.  It comes in packs of 5 sheets for around $15.
I did a little old-fashioned embroidery on some more . . . just write out a word or phrase with a pencil and stitch away!  Then, with a pencil or freehand, design your own little version of a lavender stalk.  The simpler, the better, with embroidery.  It doesn't need to be complicated to have charm.  I just used a couple straight stitches and some french knots.
Then, with your embroidered piece and a plain piece (right sides together) just stitch around the sachets.  I used a long stitch to let that great lavender scent seep out.  Leave a little 2" opening for filling your sachet with lavender buds.
Don't forget to clip the curves and the corners, just like your mother taught you!
 Turn inside out, press, and then use a little paper cone (you can make one out of plain white paper - just roll a cone and tape it shut) to fill up the sachet with your lavender buds.
Next, whip stitch it shut, tie a little bow in some hemp cord or light twine, and put a little dab of hot glue where you want it to go.  The sachets are not heavy so you won't need much glue to adhere the bow.  I just used a thread of burlap - they pull out of the fabric so easily and make a great little natural fiber tie.

Then hang the sachet on a little hook inside your linen closet, or put a little sachet
in between each folded towel!
And your bath will smell a little more like summer . . .
 
 on a cold, February day!

"Ladies fair, I bring to you
lavender with spikes of blue;
sweeter plant was never found
growing on our English ground."
-Caryl Battersby




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6 comments:

Peggy said...

Nan, these are so pretty and I can totally agree on the need for a fresh scent at this time of year....
Peggy

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

That is so pretty. Love the clay pot with the added texture, too. Never thought of adding powder to the paint. Thanks for joining wow.

Megan said...

SO glad I checked out this post! I love how you included the meaning of lavender and the quote at the end... simply beautiful! I really should learn how to sew and stitch... your sachet turned out so well :)

~ Megan @ Lilac & Lavender

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

Such a sweet bag! Love the bird. Blessinggs, Debbie

Little Bit said...

Stunning! I wanted to know how to do the transfer thing on fabric! Thank you!! Little Bit from DecorateWithaLittleBit.com

TracyMB @ Crows Feet Chic said...

These are adorable!!

YOU COULD MAKE THAT IS ON FACEBOOK!

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