I was out in the yard clipping back some overgrown hedges last weekend and some of the shrubs that required trimming were my lavender varieties. Then I remembered that I forgot to share this sweet and simple sewing project that I made last year for Souvenir Magazine.
Lavender is my favorite botanical scent, and I’m lucky to have a few dozen plants that thrive and produce dried lavender every year, but you can also find dried lavender buds online – check Etsy! I gave a few of these to my sister in law, and I use them in my dresser drawers. The scent of lavender is therapeutic and these are easy enough to make as a gift for moms, sisters, friends, and teachers too.
Supplies you’ll need to make them: 5-6 oz. dried lavender, 3 cups rice; simple cotton or linen cloth (4 layers cut into 6″ x 6″ squares for each); pale purple and green embroidery thread, embroidery needle, small embroidery hoop, sewing machine.
Mix the dried lavender with a few cups of rice. You can also add a few drops of lavender essential oil to intensify the scent.
Hand embroider one square of cotton with the shape of blooming lavender stems. I did it freehand but if you’re nervous to do so, use a disappearing ink pen from a fabric store to sketch it first, then stitch on top.
Turn the embroidered cloth upside down and layer a plain fabric square on top for softness between the lavender/rice mixture and the surface. Repeat with two more layers of 6 x 6” cotton to create the bottom. Sew them together (inside out) with a sewing machine on 3½ sides, leaving one small section open to fill with mixture.
Hand stitch your sachets to close them up once they’re filled.
Use them in drawers for fresh scented linens or in closets as an all natural moth repellant – attaching small pieces of ribbon or twine will help to hang them on a closet rod.
If you make versions in a rectangular shape, they make great eye pillows too for soothing headaches or drifting off to sleep at night. :)