|Lavender sachet brooch|
A few days ago I got bored while waiting for my vegan lasagna leftovers to reheat. I very rarely get bored (there's always Instagram!) but I'm trying to get smarter about the time I spend on social media so that left the question: What fun thing can I do for 20 minutes? Pinterest!, my mind said. No!, I resisted. I decided I'd better make something with my ridiculously large stash of lavender.
A sachet seemed like the best idea given the time constraints. Basically, a sachet is a little pouch containing something with a fabulous scent or magical powers. I think lavender has a little bit of both, plus it's totally my accidental theme for this week!
|Lavender sachet hair clip|
Wanna make the same thing?
- one sheet of paper & a pencil or marker
- straight pins & a pair of scissors
- two fabric scraps of different colors and textures (I used crafting felt and a synthetic sports fabric, but cotton would be another good choice.)
- lavender flowers & lavender essential oil (Available at Mountain Rose Herbs)
- thread & needle or sewing machine
- random string of beads
- colorful embroidery or crafting thread
- Draw a shape that you like on the paper. Make it at least 1/4" bigger around than you'd like your sachet to be, unless you plan on having exposed edges like mine does). Cut it out to make a pattern/template.
- Sandwich together the two pieces of fabric. Face to face if you wanna reverse it. Butt to butt if you want exposed edges.
- Pin the pattern to the fabric sandwich.
- Remove the pattern.
- Repin and sew together leaving a little opening.
- Use embroidery/craft thread and random beads to make a cute (optional) decoration on the sachet. It's probably easier to outline the template on the fabric with craft chalk and embroider/embellish on a larger piece of fabric before you cut or sew it. I just like to work in this order. You should do whatever works for you too.
- Mix together some lavender flowers (enough to fill your sachet) and few drops of lavender essential oils.
- Make a funnel with paper to get the lavender into the opening.
- Sew closed with the machine (if doing exposed edges) or tuck edges in and sew closed by hand, if you're not.
I stuck a large bobby pin through the back piece of fabric. Automatic hair clip. A duck clip would work too. If your fabric doesn't have holes or open weave, stitch a clip to it with embroidery thread.
If you wanna wear it as a brooch, stitch a large safety pin or a brooch pin onto the back.
Now when friends and co-workers ask, "What's that wonderful smell," you can say, "It's me!" And when they ask why you're in such a good mood, you can say, "It's my handmade brooch!"
Tip: Store this inside a drawer or your purse when you're not wearing it so it can serve double duty.
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