December 18, 2008

Sashay on Down!

Or sachet. As it were.

Here is my basket of lovelies.

This was the last of the small projects I had on my list. I have seen several tutorials for these online (this and this, for example) and decided they would be another easy but impressive gift. They are filled with flax seed and lavender and can be chilled in the fridge or warmed in the microwave or used to make things like dresser drawers and clothes smell pretty. They have a nice hefty but floppy feel to them, and the scent is so soothing. (Although my hubby disagrees.)

They're also very cost effective: I used fabrics I had on hand. The flax seed was found at my local organics store, and even though that felt pricey to me, it still came out to about an average of $1.50 per sachet. (This, of course, depends on how big you make the sachets and how full you make them.) And my aunt gave me the dried lavender, so that cost me nothing, although even if I'd paid for it, the total cost per sachet would still have been under $3 each. Can't beat that!

I made two sets, each set including a 4" x 11" sachet that can be draped over your eyes or neck (inspired by this tutorial), a 4.5" square, and a 5.5" square. And then I made one more as a thank you gift to my aunt for giving me the lavender ... and one for myself, because I wanted to keep them all and scatter them all over my house. I decided that keeping one to set on my desk and sniff at random would have to suffice.

It feels so satisfying to cross the last thing off of a list, doesn't it? (She says, not mentioning the large embroidery project still looming over her shoulder.)


floresita said...

Such beautiful fabrics!!! Thank you for taking part in the Feeling Stitchy Comment Expedition, and have a great holiday! :)

Tweed Delights said...

I love your thriftiness! These are lovely - I like that they are in different sizes too :D

Gumbo Lily said...

Cute fabrics. I like the idea of using flax seed. I've made them with rice before and the starchy smell of it isn't so soothing.

Jody (who stopped over from Feeling Stitchy)

big B said...

These are just beautiful! I especially like the black rectangle shaped one with the blue and green flowers.

Muddlepud said...

Thanks, everyone!

Jody, I had read that rice or beans both tend to smell burnt after being used in the microwave for a while. Flax seed was recommended as an alternative, so we'll have to see how it holds up!