Am I shallow? I don’t know, but I do know that I take great comfort in very small things: a neat sock drawer or a clean kitchen sink will do. Stumped by the seeming impossibility of world peace, for instance, lately I have enjoyed organizing my linen closet, and have come up with some little linen sachets filled with dried lavender and embroidered with blue floss to look like Dutch tiles. They were not totally Something for Nothing, because I had to purchase the lavender (my one lavender plant just wasn’t up to the demands of this project), but with the lavender and a remnant of linen, I can make many sachets.
Supplies: You don’t have to use linen–muslin or a piece of old cotton sheeting will do. You will also need some medium blue embroidery floss, an embroidery needle, and a piece of 8.5 count waste canvas (sometimes called tear away). Small embroidery motifs can be found in cross stitch sampler books at the library. I have used The Sampler Motif Book by Brenda Keyes and Flowers in Cross Stitch by Jana Lindberg. Flowers, hearts, and birds make lovely motifs. I have included a tulip motif here to get you started. You might also strike out in another direction, entirely. Instead of using the “Dutch tile” idea, you might embroider roses or brightly-colored birds.
Cut out your square plus one more for the sachet back. Sew with right sides together, leaving a 1-1/2 inch opening. Turn inside out and iron. Use a teaspoon to fill the sachet with dried lavender flowers. I have found this is easier than trying to use a funnel. Overcast the opening. Don’t overfill the sachets–they should be fairly flat to slip between the linens.
These would make nice gifts: tie together with silk ribbon, and add a pretty tag.
One last note on supplies. It’s possible to find linen dresses at rummage sales–they were in fashion some years ago, but being difficult to iron, found themselves demoted and given away. If you find one, snap it up–it’s a great source of linen. An online source for dried lavender is http://www.bulkherbstore.com, or just Google “bulk herbs.” As of this writing, a half pound of dried lavender can be obtained for about $7.00 plus shipping.