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Lavender Sachets – An Elegant Gift Idea (A Lovely Gifting Tip, Too)!

 
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I love going to fabric stores. Do you? Do your visits go like mine? 

Turn right and I discover a print I’ve have been looking for my WHOLE life (even though I didn’t know it until just then). I think, “I am going to make a fill-in-the-blank and it is going to be magnificent.” Turn left and I immediately pounce on a bolt of THE most fill-in-the-blank-fabric I’ve ever seen. EVER. 


I get idea after idea and pretty soon, I want to buy half of a designer’s entire collection because I keep thinking of things to make. But sadly, neither my wallet nor my skill is as full as my imagination and I leave with only one or two of my favorites. Until the next visit.  


All of those tempting textiles yield a lot of fabric scraps. But what to do with them? Click on “Read More” to check out how quick these lavender sachets are to put together and an easy, customized packaging idea in which to gift them. 


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Ruffles & Rain Boots lavender sachet, elegant gift, hostess gift, Easter gift, birthday gift, party favor


I am not the only one who enjoys the craft store. Elise likes the plush, animal-hide-inspired section that I fondly refer to as the, “we can walk through but never take home anything from” section. Yes, it freaks me out.
Elise, however, is obsessed – OBSESSED – with a particular bit of fabric she believes resembles a gorilla. She asks – nay, demands – we stop by and say, ‘hello,’ to the gorilla even if we’re in the store to get glue; it doesn’t matter why we are there. We simply must swing by to properly greet the gorilla and show him the respect he deserves. 

She even has a sing-song-like reminder she begins delivering when she is told we’re going to the craft store: “Dooooooon’t forget the gorill-y!” This is repeated until we are standing in front of that fabric. I’ve stopped telling her we are going to the craft store too far in advance. It’s cute, yes, but it can get annoying in a New York minute.

Knowing this might be hard for others to believe, and wanting to document it for posterity, I snapped a few shots to show my husband and I’ll share them here as well. She starts out blowing a kiss and then steps it up to some nose nuzzling. 

Ruffles & Rain Boots lavender sachet, elegant gift, hostess gift, Easter gift, birthday gift, party favor
Ruffles & Rain Boots lavender sachet, elegant gift, hostess gift, Easter gift, birthday gift, party favor

I’m a craft sewist – is that a word? Or is it sew-er? I am refusing to even entertain a spelling without the hyphen, because it looks like I’m calling myself a grungy, stinky, route for the nasty stuff. Ugh – I sew only for crafts. How’s that? 

I stink at sewing (get it? that’s a play on the whole sewer thing above) because I’ve yet to actually learn about it. I’m not telling you this because I’m a fan of self-deprecation; I’m telling you this because I am not yet ready to attempt a tutorial on these even though they are pretty straightforward. 

For now, please use the following for instruction, because the way I make the sachets is similar to this tutorial. 

Sachet Tutorial from Sew4Home here.

Ruffles & Rain Boots lavender sachet, elegant gift, hostess gift, Easter gift, birthday gift, party favor



Ruffles & Rain Boots lavender sachet, elegant gift, hostess gift, Easter gift, birthday gift, party favor

  1. Make the sachets any size or shape you’d like. You can make sachet squares, rectangles, hearts, Christmas trees, fruits, animals, etc. Try to include one hanging sachet: they are really nice to loop over a hanger in the closet or a rear view mirror in the car. 
  2. Don’t fill them too full because your sewing machine does not require aromatherapy treatments. Mine might due to the way I might treat it, but I’m not admitting anything. 
  3. You can embroider, cross-stitch your fabric before sewing. You could paint or stamp your fabric before or after sewing – if after, put something in between the fabric layers so the paint doesn’t run through. I’ve done some embroidering on cotton and linen fabrics and both have turned out beautifully. 
  4. Iron. Just do it. Even though it stinks, get that torturous device out and use it because it will make a difference.  
  5. There are two ways you can finish the opening: with the sewing machine or by hand, using a ladder or blind stitch. If you opt not to top stitch the sachet, you will end up with a very fluffy-looking sachet, which is quite lovely when I make it with a thick white cotton I’ve embroidered. When I make it with a patterned fabric, however, I always top stitch because I’m lazy.
Ruffles & Rain Boots lavender sachet, elegant gift, hostess gift, Easter gift, birthday gift, party favor
 
Ruffles & Rain Boots lavender sachet, elegant gift, hostess gift, Easter gift, birthday gift, party favorBelow is a link to a great video tutorial that I have used to make the packaging for these sachets for my friend, Kris. These little treat boxes are the perfect size for three, portly sachets to be gifted to a hostess, as part of a new home gift basket or even as a bridal party favor. Taking that one step further, you could always include a few sachets in one of these little boxes for the bride, to accompany the lingerie gift for her. Everyone loves a sachet for their lingerie!  

In the tutorial, she mentions adding a topper, but I added an embroidered topper made by punching holes through a piece of 6 inch by 4 inch card stock and embroidering Kris’ name. I then punched everything with the hole punch and threaded sheer ribbons to secure it all together. 

Card stock box tutorial from Cosmo Cricket here.

What do you think of this simple, yet elegant gift? Let us know in the comments section or send me an email at rufflesandrainboots {at} outlook {dot} com.

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