Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Day 4: Homemade Daily Challenge

I have been asked by a friend to make some lavender bags as she has started noticing moth holes in her woolens (her house is 400 years old so I think the moths must like it). Apparently lavender is a natural repellent for moths, I made ten in total using some modern Liberty and vintage Laura Ashley fabrics.

They are super easy to make and could be done by hand, they are also a functional way of using scraps of fabric:
  1. Cut 2 x 5" squares from your chosen fabrics for as many bags as you need.
  2. With right sides facing stitch all around the outside using 1/2" seam allowance and make sure you leave about 1" gap, that is un-stitched.
  3. Snip the excess fabric from the corners to remove the bulk by cutting diagonally across the corner.
  4. Pull the fabric through the gap to turn the right side out. You may need a knitting needle to push the corners out.
  5. Fill with lavender (I use a funnel and a teaspoon as it's less messy).
  6. Use a ladder stitch in matching thread to sew up the gap. When you have sewn all along the gap insert the needle back into the bag as though starting the next stitch but and bring the needle up through the centre of the bag, pull the thread and snip off end as close to bag as possible. The thread will disappear inside.
  7. Hey presto a supercute lavendar bag for your smalls drawers (or you small drawers).


    Quirky Boots said...

    these are gorgeous, thanks for sharing x

    evajeanie said...

    Awe fanx! Going to make some for my next market with you :) x

    Thecraftytrundler said...

    Really pretty fabrics, and loads better than using mothballs!!! (Does anyone use these now anyway?)

    Sharon xx

    Lorna May said...

    lovely,and great tutorial...keep checking on fb for your daily blog post :o))

    {Dab and a dash.}

    evajeanie said...

    I'm not sure about moth balls tbh?!

    Thanks lorna I'm currently finishing three projects so not sure what tomorrow will be, that's exciting isn't it???! Or is it?! X