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Monday, May 30, 2011

Hanging Lavender Doily Sachets

Hello sweet friends!

{I hope your weekend was a lovely one!}

For those of us in the U.S., it was Memorial Day weekend~ a time for us to remember all of those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our freedom. I am so thankful for them, as well as for all of those who are serving and have served in our military! Thank you.}


In the spirit of full disclosure, I initially started this little project in January. Yes, you read that right. I was just about done when my sewing machine gave up its ghost. I set the craft aside and started some home improvement projects instead, while I researched the right sewing machine to buy...My sweet husband pre-empted me on this, and purchased one for me for a birthday gift last month.

{Lavender Doily Sachets}

This idea was inspired by something my late grandma made for me a long time ago...below is the one she made.

Now she filled her sachets with potpourri, but I chose lavender instead...Actually, I even made one with a Mint Chocolate Lavender blend, which smells downright amazing!

{What you will need}

Doilies, about seven inches in diameter

Loose lavender, about one fourth cup per sachet


Tulle circles, in white or whichever color you prefer

Thread and sewing machine or needle for hand stitching

Now to make your own sachets...

If you can find tulle circles already cut to the right size to fit your doilies, this is the easiest way. For seven inch doilies, you want your tulle circles to be about four inches diameter.

Fold the tulle circle in half, and begin sewing it along the outer edges, but leave a gap at the end open so you have room to add your lavender. Oh, and one important thing: Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end, as the stitches in the tulle will come out if you don't! {I found this out the hard way!} ;)

Now you are ready to add your lavender...

And now you can sew the tulle half closed, making sure again to backstitch! :)

Now place your tulle half inside your doily, and fold the doily circle over {like an omelette} and sew along the edges of where the tulle half ends. There should be around a one inch outer area on the edges of the sachet when you are finished.

Now it's time to pull out your ribbon! Cut two lengths of ribbon and sew them onto the first side of the doily sachet, like this:

Then take the other side of the two lengths of ribbon and sew those onto the other side of the sachet...

Now take the two small lengths of ribbon left underneath where you sewed, and tie them together and double tie. Tie them up against the white thread where you sewed the ribbon to the doily. This will cover the thread, or at least mostly so! {Out of sight, out of mind!} ;)

{One ribbon tied, one not tied yet}

If you would like a ribbon bow on the front, simply hot glue one onto the front! {Easy peasy lemon squeezy!}

I didn't add a bow to this one because it just looked like too much with the long ribbon ties in front...

{You may notice my stitching is not completely rounded. I was having difficulty on this one! Oops!} :)

One with a bow on front...

As with most things, you get better as you go along. I noticed that the hanging ribbon tended to pull the corners of the sachet up, which was driving me crazy! I have a couple of ideas to try out, and think if I keep on working on this, they will improve! But I thought I would show you what I had so far! :)

What do you think? Silly? Strange looking? I'm dying to hear your thoughts on this! :)

Oh, and a little "Plank Update":

I finally finished the plank ceiling this weekend. That is, I finished nailing up the boards, and have sunk most all of the nails. I still have to do some spackeling, and then prime and paint! But I will show you a half way picture very soon, hopefully tomorrow. If you squint your eyes, you can almost imagine how it will look when it's painted! ;)

{I am linking the lavender sachets to the lovely Jami's Air Your Laundry Friday party.}

freckled laundry

Well, that's all for me! I hope you have a good night and that your Tuesday is a beautiful one! Thank you so much for stopping by! :)

Much love,



Pink Princess said...

They are cute ♥AND a lovely idea for gift giving as well. I grow my own lavender, yummmmm. So going to try this some day, thanks for the idea ♥


Tiff said...

What a fantastic tutorial! I love this project!
I even have all of the materials already!!!!
Thanks for the inspiration! X

Jess said...

What a gorgeous way to make things smell beautifully!!!

. said...

I love them! And personally, I love the way the hanging ribbon pulls the edges up a bit. :)

Amanda@RelovedRubbish said...

Jenni, your lavender sachets are darling! I love the on with the pretty, gray ribbons. Using a doily is a great idea!


Burlap Luxe said...

They are perfectly romantic in every way!

Love them and can smell there beautiful scent over here!

Amy Kinser said...

I love your sachets and love even more that you were inspired by something your grandmother made. Such a sweet sentiment.

Blessings for a wonderful day. Amy

michelle said...

They are so cute Jenni! I love them and I bet they smell so good!
I hope that you had a wonderful weekend and I can't wait to see the ceiling!!!
Hugs to you!

Kate said...

Hi Jenni
so glad to meet you & your beautiful blog!!! I can't wait to scour over your previous posts. Have a wonderful week!


Unknown said...

How sweet! I love how it turned out. "sew" simple...even I could make one! Thanks for showing us.


Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

They're SO pretty, Jenni. And what a brilliant tutorial, too. Thank you so much!! IT's hard to tell from a distance what it is that's keeping the lavender safely tucked up inside.....I love it that you have to look closely to see the extra lacy detail. So pretty!


Unknown said...

Very pretty, Jenni! Thanks for linking with Air Your Laundry Friday! ~Jami

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