Lavender Sachets {Tutorial}


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What better way to relax than to the calming scent of lavender?  I know that everybody doesn't enjoy the fragrance, but whatever fragrance you prefer, sachets are a wonderful way to spread the scent throughout, whether it be in the closets, or dresser drawers, or maybe even stashed in your car.

Recently I was commissioned to make some lavender sachets for a storage chest for a newborn baby girl.  It was actually my first time making sachets, but I thought of them as little pillows and jumped right on the project.

So, how did I make them?


* Lavender Sachets *

Materials:
  1. Fabric
  2. Dried flowers
  3. And of course the sewing notions
Directions:
  1. Cut two 5"x5" pieces of fabric for each sachet.
  2. With right sides facing, sew around the square with 1/4" seams, making sure to leave an opening to turn the project and fill the little sachets-to-be.
  3. Turn the sachet inside out, making sure to use an object to poke the corner out so that they can be all nice and pointy.  (I used a knitting needle.)
  4. I love topstiched items, so topstitch around the sachet, except the hole left open to fill the little pocket.
  5. Use a funnel to fill the sachet with dried lavender or whatever dried flowers you prefer.
  6. Topstitch the opening close, and voila, you have a little sachet!
Now, I opted to make a small bow from grosgrain ribbon and handstitched it to the sachets at the end.

I think I got a little jealous of the little one and so I definitely need some sachets for myself.  I think there's room for at least one right underneath my pillow!


Oh, and since I've not been able to successfully grow my own field of lavender in the last three years, I opted to purchase mine from this Etsy shop.  I've also ordered some dried rose buds for future projects from this Etsy shop.


Happy Crafting,


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Lavender


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Lavandula, from the Latin root, lavare, which means "to wash".
 
To actually be able to experience this...
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or even to see a field of lavender, would be a dream come true!
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Lavender has been around for over 2,500 years.  The Romans used it, as well as the Egyptians, the Phoenicians, and the people of Arabia, so there must be something pretty special about this herb.

Beyond it's beautiful color and soothing scent, there are just so many wonderful uses for lavender.  Let's discuss a few:

Lavender Essential Oil
  • antifungal
  • antiseptic
  • can be used to treat anxiety, restlessness, and insomnia
* Please be mindful when using essential oils as most of them need to be incorporated into a carrier oil and should not be applied directly to the skin.


Body Products
Coconut & Lavender Body Scrub


Recipes
Lavender Shortbread by The Style Box


There are so many more wonderful uses for lavender!  So, what about you.  How do you feel about lavender?

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To Lavender!


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"Contamination"


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'Contamination' is the story of a woman imprisoned in her own home wrestling with severe Obsessive Compulsive Disorder brought on by paralyzing germaphobia.


This short film was written by my cousin, R. Shanea Williams.

So, what about you?  How do you deal with germs?  Are you or do you know anyone who is OCD?  How do you/they cope?

I'm definitely intrigued by this trailer and I can't wait to see the entire film! 




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