Archive for June, 2010

June 30, 2010

I Heart Lavender Bags

Organic lavender at Phytobotanica

So I don’t really know how to get started with a new blog so I think the best thing is to just dive in!

For Fathers’ Day I took my men to a local organic lavender farm for lunch and cake.  The farm is a five minute drive and you would not think that such an amazing place could exist in my town.  It was like we were on holiday in Provence.

Lunch was nice and there was a great selection of cakes.  I had a lavender cake and the chaps had lemon meringue and an Eccles cake – very local.  From our farmhouse window we had views of the countryside and the chickens roaming outside.  One of the best things about the farm, is that the owners are happy for customers to explore.  We could wander around the lavender fields and camomile lawns.  Heavenly!

As well as the cafe, there is also a small plant shop, a spa and a great organic essential oils and toiletries shop.  I resisted the temptation to buy some of the dearer, but deliciously scented, products and bought some dried lavender.

Raw materials for the bags

I already had some fabric, ribbon and buttons.  I love navy and red together and a light cotton is great for this project.

I cut out the heart shapes, and sewed them right sides together leaving a 3 inch gap for turning.  Once turned the right way out, fill the bag with lavender.  I used about 20 grams.  Then close the opening by machining or slip stitch.  I chose to sew the ribbons on with buttons either side for a bit more detail.

And that’s it.  Hang them in your wardrobe for fresh clothes or by your bed to help you sleep.

The finished article