Santa Monica Pier Photowalk

Here are some pictures from my photo walk last weekend. Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment (or click on the heart at the bottom of the post if you like what you see!)

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Heart-Shaped Lavender Sachets

In honor of Valentine’s Day, I made these heart-shaped lavender sachets. Which one is your favorite? Mine’s the white lacy one. 🙂 These are wonderful to use in your lingerie drawers. Or hang them in the bathroom or anywhere you want the fresh scent of lavender!

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Here’s what you need to make them.

ITEMS YOU NEED
* Pretty fabric
* (Optional) Embellishments: Buttons, lace, rick rack, etc.
* Fabric Scissors
* (Optional) Pinking Shears
* Pins
* Needle and thread
* Sewing Machine
* Fabric Marker
* Heavy Stock Paper or light cardboard (Cereal boxes work well!)
* Coordinating Fabric Ribbons or Elastic
* Point Tool or Bone Folder (for turning fabric right side out)
* Dried Lavender (got mine from Amazon.com)
* (Optional) Polyester Stuffing (Poly-fil) to make the sachets plump

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Make a paper template: Cut out a heart from a heavy stock paper or brochure. (The size depends on how big you want the sachet.) Fold it in half, draw a half heart and cut it out.

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2. Trace on fabric and cut: Keep in mind that you’ll have a minimum of 1/4″ seam allowance.

3. Embellish your hearts: After you cut out the fabric pieces, you can decorate one or both sides of the hearts. I sewed on some lace using a small zig zag stitch on the sewing machine.

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4. Trace a smaller heart on the inside: on the wrong side of the fabric, about 1/4″ to 1/2″ from the edge. (You only have to do this on one heart.) You will sew on this line. Also, mark off two inches on the straight side of the heart (either on the right or left side), as shown below. This is where the opening will be to insert the dried lavender.

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5. Pin the two fabric pieces with right sides together. And sew on the trace line you created, leaving a 2″ opening for stuffing. Sorry, I don’t have the trace line in this picture but I sewed around with a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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6. Remove the pin and cut around the heart with pinking shears to avoid bulk: Leave the 2″ opening alone. If you don’t have pinking shears, you can cut with regular fabric scissors and clip the curved parts. Here’s a good tutorial on clipping corners and curves. And another one.

(Click on the picture to enlarge.)

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7. Turn the heart right side out with a point tool: I use Martha Stewart’s bone folder as my turning tool and it works great! You can also use the bone folder to fold the hems in on the 2″ opening seams if you don’t want to use an iron.

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8. Stuff the heart: You can stuff with dried lavender or any aromatic ingredients, like dried rose buds. If you find the opening too small, you can use a funnel rolled out of paper to drop in the lavender. (See picture.) For plumper hearts, a good option is to partly fill them with some polyester filling. The amount depends on how nice and bulky you want it. Close the 2″ opening by hand stitching a blind slip stitch (check out this video) or if you’re lazy like me, just use your sewing machine or hand stitch as neatly as possible. haha.

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9. Lastly, sew on your ribbon and buttons: Sorry, I didn’t take pictures of this step. But one thing to point out is to sew your ribbon closer to the top corner of the heart. This will balance the weight so that it doesn’t topple backward or forward when you hang it.

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>>>THE QUICK & EASY VERSION<<<
If you don’t know how to sew or don’t want to, you can make lavender sachets in these cute sheer drawstring bags!! (I got mine from Oriental Trading!)^^
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^^ I received these products from Oriental Trading Company for this review. All opinions are my own.