How to Make Flower Motif Lavender Bags
These delightful little lavender bags, decorated with a range of charming cross stitch flower motifs, are quick and easy to make. Filled with aromatic lavender, they can be tucked between freshly laundered sheets or lingerie, to infuse them with a breath of the country. Tie them with a pretty satin or velvet ribbon to bring out the vibrant colors of the embroidery.
The lavender bags make ideal gifts. You can embroider a different motif from this selection on each present, or maybe make up some of your own.
How to Make the Lavender Bags
Embroidery linen 12 threads per cm (30 threads per in) off-white 16 x 19cm (6 ¼ x 7 ½ in)
Anchor stranded embroidery cotton 1skein each of colors given overleaf
Embroidery needle size 7
Velvet or satin ribbon 1cm (3/8 in) wide and 40cm (16in) long
Dried lavender to fill bag
1. Marking the starting position
Fold the fabric in half length ways and press. Work a line of tacking stitches along the fold.
2. Embroidering the motif
One square on the chart represents one stitch worked over two warp and two weft threads. Using two strands of embroidery thread, match the bold line on chart to the tacking stitches and work the first row of the chart in cross stitch, 2cm (3/4 in) up from the lower edge.
3. Marking the top edge of sachet
Draw a thread 5cm (2in) parallel to the top edge. Press motif.
4. Stitching the back seam
With right sides together, fold the embroidery in half lengthways and stitch a1cm (3/8 in) seam along the long edges. Run your thumb nail down the seam to press open.
5. Stitching the lower seam
Re-fold the fabric, so that the right sides still face, and the back seam matches the central tacking line and stitch a1cm (3/8 in)seam along the lower edge of the bag. Remove tacking stitches.
6. Stitching the sachet collar
Fold the top of the sachet to wrong side along the drawn thread line and press. Using sewing thread and small running stitches, stitch the lower edge of collar in place. Turn sachet through to right side.
7. Filling the sachet
Fill sachet with dried lavender to the lower edge of collar. Draw sachet together at this point and secure with a few stitches. Wind sewing thread around the neck of the sachet several times and fasten off. Trim the ends of the ribbon at angles and tie around sachet in a bow, covering the sewing thread.
Lavandula (common name lavender) is a genus of 47 known species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is native to the Old World and is found in Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, and from Europe across to northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia to India.
Many members of the genus are cultivated extensively in temperate climates as ornamental plants for garden and landscape use, for use as culinary herbs, and also commercially for the extraction of essential oils. The most widely cultivated species, Lavandula angustifolia, is often referred to as lavender, and there is a color named for the shade of the flowers of this species. Lavender has been used over centuries in traditional medicine and cosmetics, and “limited clinical trials support therapeutic use of lavender for pain, hot flushes, and postnatal perineal discomfort.
Reference: The Country Look—Decor & Crafts