It is easy and fun to make great smelling, super cute lavender sachets! Dried lavender is available in bulk online from many retailers… or grow & dry your own! This little project is excellent for using up scraps of pretty fabric from other sewing projects. The heart shape can also be cut from old hankies or other recycled lovely fabrics.
These sachets feature ribbon embroidery. For more information on ribbon embroidery (and some PRO examples!), I recommend Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing & Fabric Crafts.
1) Print out heart shape pattern and cut out.
2) Place the heart pattern on double thickness of fabric. Any type of fabric is appropriate, although cottons seem to be easier to embroider on. Cut around heart shape.
3) Sketch your design to be embroidered on the good side of one heart shape, using a fabric pencil or just a good old pencil. Use thin ribbon and a large-eyed needle to embroider your design. If your fabric is white or light, be attentive of carefully tying off your ends, otherwise they could show through the fabric.
4) Pin the heart shapes together, good sides together, bad side facing outwards. Stitch around the perimeter of the heart, leaving a one or two inch open space for inserting the dried lavender. (Alternatively, for a different look, keep the rough edges showing by simply stitching the bad sides together, no turning inside out necessary!!! This leaves a frayed edge that can look quite nice. I used pinking shears in the example above.)
5) Turn the heart right side out. Stuff the dried lavender into the heart through the little opening.
6) Carefully turn the rough edges to the inside of the heart and stitch closed with a needle and thread.