Friday, November 5, 2010

Gues Post Elizabeth from Twelve Crafts Till Christmas




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Please Welcome Elizabeth from Twelve Crafts Till Christmas



Hey everyone!  I'm Elizabeth from twelve crafts till Christmas.





About eight months ago I began sewing and started a little blog called twelve crafts till Christmas on a whim.  







 





Twelve crafts till Christmas is all about inspiring myself and others to celebrate handmade holidays.  You won't find a lot of Christmas-themed recipes, decorating ideas, crafts, traditions . . . I think you get the idea.  There is nothing better than a gift that has been labored over and loved on, so you will find a bunch of tutorials and gift ideas mixed in with my own novice sewing and crafting antics and some super fun (and very messy) kids' crafts/activities along the way.      


    

I truly believe that anyone can make something for someone because in nine months of sewing and crafting, I've gone from saying, "Oh, I could never make that," to "Hey, I think I can make that!"

Today, I would like to share one simple, easy tutorial that you could use to get your feet wet in the handmade gift-making gig.  Remember those lace sachets that you used to see in your grandmother's drawers?  Welcome to the modern version . . . perfect holiday gift for your friend, mother-in-law, co-worker, etc.










Simple Mini-Sachet Pillows


What you need:

-fabric

-ribbon, other fabric scraps, ric rac, other embellishment ideas

-dried lavender, rosehips, assorted dried flower mix

-cheap white rice

What you do:

1)  Cut 3 to 4 pairs of 5 x 5 squares out of your fabric.







2)  Embellish squares using your creativity.  Options are endless . . . well, not endless . . . at some point the options will stop, but you get the idea.  









I tacked ric rac to one of the squares.








I also folded a ribbon into a ruffle on another square and used my sewing machine to sew a straight line down the center of the ribbon.







3)  Put square pairs right sides together and sew around all sides leaving a two inch opening for turning.







4)  Clip corners, trim off extra fabric and turn squares right sides out.







5)  Fill each square half with lavender or other dried flowers and half with rice.  The other option is to mix essential oils with rice and fill completely with the rice.  (Do you like my homely little paper funnel?  I'm thinking I'll find my real kitchen funnel in the bottom of the toy box during our next toy-purge.)















6)  Use a hidden stitch to sew up the opening you used for turning and filling.  (Or you can go the super easy route and use sewing/fabric glue . . . go for it!)










7)  Finish up any embellishments.  I made a little flower and put it on one of the sachet pillows.
















8)  Tie with a ribbon.  Add a card.  Give a homemade gift that's been labored over and loved on!
















Thanks Heather for allowing me to hang out with you for a bit today!











And as I say over at twelve crafts . . .










Craft on!    

1 comment:

Beverly @ FlamingoToes.com said...

I love these sachets!! I think they are such a great gift idea! :)

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