Saturday, 7 September 2013

Crochet gifts - lavender sachets

I have been rather busy this week.  I don't think I have mentioned it before, but one of my daughters is getting married in a couple of weeks.

There is so much to do, not the least of which is my 'mother of the bride' outfit.  A dear friend of mine is making a gorgeous dress for me, and I am quite overwhelmed by her generosity in this regard, as she is quite the skilled seamstress (unlike moi).

I have of course paid my friend for all of the dress materials, but she won't hear of any reimbursement for her considerable time and effort in making and fitting the dress.  So I have been casting about for a special way of thanking her.  I have already bought her some lovely plants, and will also be getting her a box of dark chocolates (her favourite) . . . but how to give her something a little more, you know, personal?

Luckily, a trawl through Ravelry searching under the term 'gift' unearthed this pattern for these dear little crochet lavender/pot pourri sachets.

The pattern is a free Ravelry download by Agrarian Artisan Designs.  It uses 8ply (dk) cotton and has versions in both UK and US terminology.  And the pattern is delightfully easy.

A slight halt in proceedings occurred when I realised, after crocheting several of the sachets, that I - not the world's best sewer - was going to have to "Make pouch out of wadding or fabric" for filling with lavender and inserting into the crochet sachets.

After some serious thinking time, I came up with the easy method below:  

Pouch for lavender sachet

1. Trace a circle on some fabric, and cut out the circle.  (I used a soft lead pencil and traced around a side plate).

2. Using thick cotton thread and a sharp darning/tapestry needle, and with the 'right' side of the fabric facing you, tack around the circle about 1 cm from the raw edge, leaving a 10cm tail and WITHOUT securing yarn with a double stitch or knot.  Similarly, leave a long tail at the end of your tacking,  Both tails should be on the right side of the fabric.

3.  Now, get your dried lavender flowers (or pot pourri).  I used the organic lavender tea in the picture below, which I bought at the Old Bus Depot Markets this morning.  It smells lovely!  There are also quite a few lavender farms around, that sell dried lavender.

Place some dried lavender on the 'wrong' side of the circle (you need enough lavender to make a plump sachet, but not so large a quantity that you have difficulty securing the drawstring).

Now gently pull the thread tails to draw together.  Knot tightly to secure.

4.  Insert completed pouch into crochet sachet and continue per the pattern - ie, weave a decorative ribbon through the eyelets and tie into a pretty bow.

And Voila!!  I will put them into a pretty lidded box for presentation.  I hope my friend likes them.  And I hope you do too!


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