Sew your own vintage lavender hearts

I love the smell of lavender and there really is no better way to keep your wardrobe smelling fresh and cheerful than with one of these little sachets. Adding a ribbon to the top makes them perfect for hanging in the closet, making your dresses smell dreamy while they're waiting to be worn again.

My evening with the WI

I had the real pleasure this week to join the Wandsworth WI for an evening of craft, sewing up some lavender hearts. The group is a really young and energetic bunch, who meet at The Bedford in Balham every 2nd Tuesday of the month. In case you're looking for a WI to join, they're lovely!

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Supplies:

  • All sorts of vintage-esque fabrics, this is a great way to use up scraps if you're a scrap hoarder like me!
  • Buttons and bits of ribbon
  • Dried lavender
  • Needle and thread
  • A heart template
  • Some friends and wine certainly help the sewing along
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STEP 1: CUT OUT YOUR FABRIC HEARTS

Choose two pieces of fabric you want to use for your lavender heart. They can be matching, mis-matched or what I like to do is choose one pretty printed fabric for one side and use plain calico for the other, that way I can decorate it with rubber stamps for a personalised touch.

STEP 2: SEW AROUND THE EDGES USING A BACKSTITCH

Put your two hearts right sides together and thread your needle, with a nice knot at the end. Make sure your stitches aren't too close to the edge, 1/2 cm away from the edge is a good distance. Sew all the way around and don't forget to leave a hole so you can stuff your heart.

STEP 3: TURN IT RIGHT SIDE OUT

This is the moment when we see how good your sewing really is! If there are any holes (don't stress about it, really!) turn your heart inside out again and stitch them up. If there are no holes, stuff your heart full of lavender.

The WI ladies are very clever and figured out that the paper templates make brilliant little funnels for getting the lavender into the heart.

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STEP 4: SEW UP THE HOLE WITH AN OVER STITCH

Once your heart is as full as you'd like it, stitch up the hole using an over stitch.

STEP 5: ADD TRIM, BUTTONS, RIBBON OR STAMPS

Now it's time to decorate. Choose a ribbon and button to sew onto your heart, right between the two humps at the top of the heart (does that place even have a name?!). You can also use rubber stamps to decorate it, just be sure not to get too much ink on your stamp and to spray it with a little hairspray afterwards to keep your ink from smudging.

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Feeling fancy?

How about sewing trim all around the edge for the ultimate vintage-chic heart.

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A job well done ladies!