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Lavender Love Notes (Scrap Sachet)

By Maya Donenfeld of maya*made

Most sewing enthusiasts have a scrap bag of some sort. Whether it’s for green, thrifty, or sentimental reasons, it’s a shame to throw out nice fabric. Finding uses for the tiniest bits is usually a challenge. This little project lends itself perfectly to using up your favorite odds and ends and elevating them to something lovely.

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Sachets, little pillows filled with aromatic herbs, can be a wonderful way to usher in spring, even if the fresh scents of new blossoms haven’t arrived yet. Traditionally sachets were tucked into drawers for sweet smelling underthings or slipped into a closet to keep moths at bay. This simple lavender filled pillow has a loop to slip in love notes to someone special. Whether you want your child to awaken with a little surprise or say sorry to your partner… this little cushion will hold your thoughts gently. This scrap sachet makes a wonderful beginning sewing project, as it can be made easily by hand or machine. It also works well for making multiples for gift giving. Even the smallest helper enjoys selecting fabrics and filling pillows.


Materials

Scraps of fabric made from natural fibers (cotton, hemp, wool)
Ribbon or leftover lace trim
Dried lavender
Thread
Needle/sewing machine
Scissors or rotary cutter and mat

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Make

  1. Cut your first scrap, the one you have the least of. Create an even square or rectangle, no less than 2 inches in either direction. The example is 3x4 inches, a nice size. Lay cut piece on top of second fabric and use as a template for measurements.

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  2. Lay first piece right side up and place ribbon/lace across the center. Make sure that lace is a little longer than the width of the sachet on either side.

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  3. Layer second piece of fabric right side down to form a sandwich with the lace in the center. Pin if you like.

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  4. Leaving an opening at the top center, stitch all the way around each side.

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  5. Clip excess trim and corners, taking care not to snip the seams.

  6. Turn right side out and stuff with lavender.

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  7. Sew opening closed. This is a nice opportunity to add a special stitch, either with a machine or by hand. I matched the stitch along the bottom, but this is optional and purely decorative.  You may also want to add a few buttons or embroidery at this point.

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Now take a little slip of paper and write your note… it can even be a sweet reminder to yourself. Roll and slide under lace. Maybe add a few flowers, fresh or dried.  A love note presented like this will surely not be forgotten!

 

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Maya

Maya Donenfeld lives with her husband and two children in upstate NY, where she spends her days creating and repurposing in her old farmhouse. Her biggest inspiration comes from raising her children in rural surroundings and the contents of her recycling bins. She loves sharing ideas for creative parenting, green living, and celebrating all things handmade on her blog maya*made.

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