Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Gift Ideas - Lavender Bags

I am going to try and show you the things I am making for friends and family.

My first set of gifts are some quick and easy lavender bags.

I am using up small pieces of fabric, that I probably won't be needing for anything else. You could piece them together, if you have more time, but I'm just using 2 coordinating fabrics for the front and back. I'm just cutting them into squares and rectangles. I am attaching ribbon, so they can be hung on hangers to scent clothes, and keep those moths at bay. You could omit the ribbon, and have them to be put on shelves and in drawers. I am making some for my husband as he had some suspicious holes in one of his jumpers. But we haven't seen any moths, but better to be safe than sorry.

I bought the dried lavender from a shop on Ebay, specialising in organic french lavender, a few years ago. Believe it or not, it still smells pretty strong. It did not cost too much either.

The tricky bit is inserting the ribbon.

As you can see you make a sandwich, with the fabric right sides together and the ribbon in the middle. You only want to sew the ribbon down on one side, so tuck it in as you sew round.

Sew around the edge with a 0.5cm seam (or whatever seam width you like). Do leave a gap, so you can turn your bag inside out and fill with lavender.

Gap left, and ribbon inserted.

Bags ready to fill

I filled with the lavender using some paper rolled into a cone shape, to help the lavender go in without making too much of a mess.

Once filled up whip stitch the hole up.

One lovely gift!


Irene said...

Great work ! best idea for design i saw in months

craftyclaire said...

Thank you Irene, that is so sweet of you. Keep your eyes peeled for 1 or two more things that I'll do my best to get on here.

RuthieK said...

Good idea, I need to make some more of these for myself.