The blogosphere is happily abuzz with crafty inspiration for the holidays. One place in particular I’ve been keeping an eye on is Sew Mama Sew’s Handmade Holidays series (start here if you haven’t already stumbled across it). There’s been a different theme for each day this month, all “curated” by different people.
Time constraints make it impossible to actually make even half of the projects that appeal to me, but I have enjoyed browsing through them—usually over morning tea before dashing off to work. I did get to thinking though, that surely there must be at least one small project I could do that would satisfy my yen for handmade gifts. Sachets! That was it—old fashioned, tried and true, lavender sachets. They’re a great way to use up scraps and truly don’t take much time to put together.
I decided I wanted them all to be backed with unbleached linen (ordered from Hancock’s of Paducah). Along with a plastic bin of scraps I pulled out a basket of leaders and enders I’d sewn together over the years. Many of them are quite tiny and it dawned on me that this might be a good project for some of them. The ones below are about 1 ¼-inch square, so four of them stitch up at, yeah, about three inches. I liked the these particular bits against the linen so both the front and the back of this one have linen.
By the way, if you aren’t familiar with the leaders and enders thing, do check out Bonnie K. Hunter’s blog and her books.
This next one ended up mostly linen as well, but I added a strip of novelty yarn for some rustic bling.
These two use bits leftover from a batik quilt I made a while back.
Here they are looking like little stuffed pillows. The all blue one uses scraps from a quilt I made for my grandson several years ago.
And here a few favorites that I bundled up as a small hostess gift for my daughter on Thanksgiving.