I have a few birthdays coming up this month and wanted to add a little something handmade to the gifts. After seeing Katherine's lovely lavender sachets, I was inspired to make some Lavendar Scented Closet Sachets using brightly coloured doilies and gingham for a more modern look.
First up, I needed some doilies (or is it doileys?). I crocheted up a bunch in front of the TV using the pattern I blogged about here. (Please note that I re-taught myself to crochet out of an American book so the abbreviations I have used are US rather than Australian. I always forget what the stitches are called here).
I also used some dyed doilies that I had on hand (bought from an etsy seller a couple of years ago). If you have an old crocheted tablecloth and want to dye it yourself, Clare has a great tutorial here. It would be a fun activity to get the kids involved in during the school holidays.
I pulled out a stack of ginghams in different sized checks. Some bought from Japan and the rest from Materialise (local quilt store).
For each sachet, I used:
2 squares of gingham, each measuring 3 3/4 inches x 3 3/4 inches
1 doiley - approx 2 1/2 inches in diameter
Length of brightly coloured ribbon, 2 1/2 inches in length
Dried Lavender - approx 4 tablespoons.
Stitch the doiley to the centre of one of the squares using a matching thread. Fold the ribbon in half and stitch it to the middle of one side using a scant seam allowance.
Layer the gingham squares together with the right sides facing. Stitch around the outside of the sachet using a 1/4 inch seam, and leaving a gap for turning on one side.
Clip corners and turn the sachet the right side out. Press. Fill with lavender and then hand stitch opening closed.
I am going to make up more of these to hang in my walk in robe. They can be attached to coat hangers or popped inside shoes to make everything smell fresh.