Monday, April 18, 2011

How to: make your own lavender sachets

Browsing through our blog posts, I realized we haven't given you a peak into our studio lately. Actually, it looks like it has been more than a year since the last "This is how we do it" post. So, we are certainly overdue. This week, it is going to be one of my favorites: lavender sachets.

I must confess: I like all things lavender. There can never be too much of it, as far as I am concerned. Every Woolly Boo product has one tucked in. I keep bags of it all over the house, have a little container in every cabinet, sachet in every drawer and on every closet shelf, and even hanging from almost every hanger in each closet. Not to mention that our bedroom wall color is, yes you guessed it, lavender.

Naturally, I got bored very early on paying obscene amounts of money for the lavender in certain stores, and simply went "handmade". I found a reliable, organic grower in Pennsylvania (the closer, the better) and the rest is history.

 What you see above are your basic ingredients: fabric and lavender flowers. I use muslin for the sachets, because I like it's low thread count and it's lightness. This means that flowers are free to move around when the sachets is moved, and more fragrance is emitted. If you prefer a different fabric, by all means, use it. There are no rules.
There also no rules for the shape of the sachet, either. I prefer rectangle, because it reminds me of a little, comfortable pillow, but it can truly be anything you want. When I cut the fabric, I sew it on 3 sides. Then, I turn it right side up, fill with approximately 0.5 oz of lavender (I keep a kitchen scale handy near by, in case I am not certain).
When that is done, I sew the fourth side, and voila, you are done. You see, not much to it, but a great reward. These will really liven up your closets and make them smell wonderful. One great place to put them is inside your pillow. Also, they make an amazing hostess gift. Go ahead, give it a try.
One of the toddlers helping with the lavender sachets.

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