These little heart-shaped lavender sachets are so simple to sew and would make the perfect handmade Valentine’s Day gift for anyone who appreciates the lovely, peaceful scent of lavender on their clothes!
I made these sachets using cheesecloth, though you could use muslin or some other not too tightly-woven fabric that will enable to scent to permeate more easily. If you use cheesecloth, just make sure it is one of the more closely woven varieties as the kind you find at the grocery or dollarstore has too lose of a weave and the lavender will escape through the gaps in the fabric.
I actually had a bit of a different motive for making these sachets, though I do indeed love my clothes to smell of lavender. The other reason was purely for trying to ward off wool-loving moths!
I was going through a bag of some little knitted things to put away some of the sweaters that Arthur had recently outgrown. To my horror, one of my favourite little sweaters – a grey stockinette knit with green buttons, that I’d knit for him to wear home from the hospital when he was born – was almost completely eaten – really it was now hole than sweater! This was a sweater that I’d only put away about 6 months ago. So apparently, those moths were hungry.
In the part of Toronto where we live, there is a real moth problem – they really get into everything around here and we’ve sadly had to throw out so much food over the years that they’ve infested. It’s really too bad that they love wool and I also love wool, so I’m always providing them with a more than plentiful food source. I feel for them though as they need to eat too, I just wish they’d find other things to eat that I hadn’t worked so hard on!
So after my horrific discovery, I realised that I really needed to up my arsenal of moth-deterrents. So I began by setting about making up some lavender sachets to stuff into every stored wool thing I have as these have worked quite well in the past. Wish I hadn’t forgotten about that when I packed those little sweaters away!
Without droning on any further, here is a little tutorial for some pretty sachets that can be given as a sweet little Valentine’s gift to anyone who loves nicely smelling clothing…or anyone who has a serious moth problem and a lot of wool garments. Niche market.
HEART SHAPED LAVENDER SACHET Tutorial
what you will need
- cheesecloth (good quality with tighter weave) or muslin fabric scraps
- dried lavender
- heart shape traced onto cardstock
- embroidery floss + needle
- pencil or erasable fabric marker
- sewing machine (can also be handsewn if you don’t have a machine available to you)
- pinking shears or scalloped shears (optional)
- Trace your heart shape onto your cheesecloth – cut 4 pieces total. I doubled up the fabric for each side as it was easier to embroider. If using muslin or something thicker, you don’t need to double it, just cut 2 pieces total for each heart.
- Using pencil or erasable fabric marker, draw a little design on the heart. You can also freehand if you’d like!
- Embroider your design.
- Once your embroidery is complete, place the two sides together, wrong sides facing.
- Pin the sides together so they don’t shift when sewing.
- Using a short stitch length (I used 2mm) sew around the edge of the heart using 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a gap for filling with lavender.
- Using a funnel (in a pinch you can use a piece of paper rolled into a funnel shape!) – pour the lavender into the sachet. Be sure not to overfill or it will be hard to sew the gap closed!
- Sew the gap closed, then trim edges using pinking shears or regular sewing scissors.
- You can sew a little decorative stitching around the edge using embroidery floss or wool, or just leave plain if you prefer!
Sachet complete and ready for giving!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tutorial!
♥ Happy Valentine’s Day! ♥