A few months ago, while at the local Renaissance Fair(e?) I scored a jumbo-sized zipper plastic bag full of dried lavender buds for only $15 from Frolicking Deer Farms. It’s been sitting on my shelf for all this time, open, but not really living up to its potential.
Today, I decided to take the time to make some sachets. I like to do things assembly-line-style, because to me it seems to make the process go faster. I do this with everything. I’ll unload ALL of the groceries up to the porch, then haul ALL of them into the house and into the kitchen rather than taking each load all the way in. I don’t know, to me it FEELs more efficient even if it’s not.
SO…here’s my method for assembly-line-style lavender sachets.
Musiln or other fabric
The first thing I did was to fold a length of muslin in half. It doesn’t matter how much fabric you have, just so that you have two layers to sew together to make little bags.
Then, I stitched out a little grid. I used my machine’s embroidery function to spell out the word “Lavender” and then added some leaves and flowers. You could do this just as well with a straight or zig-zag stitch.
The key is to create two rows of horizontal stitching between each row of sachets, so that you can cut them apart and have all finished edges. (Each row of vertical stitching here becomes the bottom of a bag.)
Now cut each section using pinking shears (pinking shears keep the fabric from unraveling at the edges), so that you have 3 finished edges and one open end.
Fill each sachet with lavender, leaving about 3/4 inch at the top edge, so that you have enough room to finish the final edge.
Finish the final edge, trim raw edge using pinking shears, and you’re done. Scrunch them around in your hands a little bit to release the scent.