March 14, 2012 in diy craft projects, homemade
With Mother’s Day around the corner I thought I would share a simple idea that makes a perfect gift for mum – the ever-popular lavender bag. These little bags are simple to make, smell gorgeous and will add a but of fun and colour to any drawer or wardrobe. Who wouldn’t like to receive a homemade bundle of these?
All you need to do is cut two same-sized square pieces of fabric (mine are about 12cm wide), place them back-to back inside out and sew them together almost all the way around. Then turn them the right way out and fill with dried lavender through the gap you have left open. Sew the gap up and there you have it! I especially like Liberty print fabrics for lavender bags but linens, stripes and spots work well too. You only see one side facing up when in your draw so use your favourite fabric on one side with a plain reverse. (And yes, that’s a little Liberty suitcase too!)
Use remnants of fabric you have at home and play around. Match the sides or contrast them, try patterned with plain, bright with muted. Whatever you fancy or think the lucky recipient may like. All of the lavender bags I photographed here were made with offcuts of fabric and donated ribbons and lavender. They were made by myself and other mum’s from my son’s school class, to sell as gifts at the school fair to help raise money. They are a variation of the project in my book – The Homemade Home – which has a full, step-by-step illustrated guide if you would like clear instructions on how to make them.
The bags below are my favourites and I ended up buying them back at the school fair as I couldn’t bear to part with them. I made them with a small piece cut from a length of gorgeous Liberty fabric that was given to me by my friend Holly Becker. It was the fabric we chose as the table runner at our table styling demonstration with Leslie Shewring, for Holly’s Decorate book launch at the Liberty store in London.
A bundle of three lavender bags, made by you for your mum, tied up with a pretty ribbon and placed in a simple gift box with a personalised tag. A sweet gift that costs little but means a lot.
Happy Mother’s Day everyone.
Sania Pell is a freelance interior stylist, creative director and consultant based in London. She is a Contributing Stylist at Elle Decoration magazine, with whom she has worked for over 18 years, and is known for bringing a unique aspect to photographic shoots for national publications, leading international brands and retailers as well as style consultancy for top architecture practices and property development companies. She is the author of best-selling book The Homemade Home and The Homemade Home for Children. A trained, former textile designer, Sania is also involved in many multi-disciplinary creative projects.
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What a beautiful idea. The lavender bags look gorgeous and I can see they were made with love.
Lovely idea Sania, thank you.
Celia Birtwell is moving to a new studio & having a clearance sale this week in W2 so may go and buy some of her fabric and do this!
Have a lovely Mother’s Day x
What a divine collection of lavender bags, really cute. With my Lavender Accessoires I make sure I use as much lavender as possible. This really makes the difference
I love this idea. My Mother is in a nursing home and I did not know what to get her now I know. One thing is where do you get the lavender
Gorgeous Sania! x
OMG, these are absolutely gorgeous!
oh, these are all sooo cute!
laku noc from germany, geisslein
Thank you everyone.
@judy In the UK you can get it from longbarn.co.uk but you can shop around online. Or you can dry lavender from your garden plants – though you need a lot!
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Your sachets are so bright and beautiful! You can almost smell their wonderful fragrance right through the picture, and they brighten things up so. I love the sachets in the gift box :-).
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Where can i find lavender ? And your pouches are.beautiful
I just got some liberty print fabrics and the first thing I thought was that they would make lovely lavender bags and then I came across your lovely page!
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Hi Sania – could you tell me where you got the brown boxes from? I can’t seem to find any in that size! Thanks 🙂
@Alice – I bought them from Paperchase a couple of years ago. I believe you can still get similar ones. Hope that helps!
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Love your sachets, what kind of fabric do,you use? Cotton, Duckcloth? You have a pattern?
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