Remember when I posted about my desire to make lots of things by hand this Christmas and I was drying rose petals for a future project? Well this is what the rose petals were for. Pretty drawer sachets! They smell as sweet as they look and are a simple gift to make at home.
You need to cut squares measuring 16 cm (6 1/2″) by 16 cm (6 1/2″) to make finished squares of 13 cm (5 1/4″) x 13 cm (5 1/4″) with 1.5 cm (5/8”) seam allowance. Cut two squares for each sachet out of three coordinating fabrics. Iron out any creases.
Pin two of the squares with the right sides of the fabric facing together. Leave a gap of about 9 cm on one side. Sew around the edges (leaving the gap open) with 1.5 cm (5/8”) seam allowance.
Trim the seam allowance at the corners, turn the sachets through to the right side and iron flat.
Thread a needle with contrasting embroidery thread and knot the end. Poke the needle between the layers at the opening (so the knot will be hidden) and poke the needle through to the right side about 1 cm (3/8”) from the edge.
Sew with a simple running stitch through all layers all the way around the square, 1 cm (3/8”) from the edge, stopping when you get to the other side of the opening. But don’t cut the thread or finish off yet. Just leave the needle and thread hanging.
Stuff with dried rose petals (or dried lavender) and pin the opening closed. For a stronger fragrance, add a drop or two of essential oil to the dried petals.
Continue the running stitch along the last side to close the opening. When you get back to where you started, open the folds where the opening was and sew three tiny stitches on top of one another to secure your work. Make sure the stitches are just through one layer of fabric so they will be hidden and not visible on the outside of the sachet. Cut the thread and your first sachet is finished!
Repeat with the other squares of fabric to make two more sachets.
Stack them up and tie with a pretty piece of string! So lovely!
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