If you had lavender in your garden this summer and were able to save some of the flowers then making lavender hearts is a lovely way to use them. The heady scent is great in amongst the fresh laundry or in underwear drawers, and it also acts as a good repellent for any roving moths.
- Place the heart shaped template on the fabric, lining up any stripes or patterns
2. Cut two pieces, front and back
3. Place right sides together and pin in position, matching stripes carefully. Sew round edges leaving a 2″ gap on each side away from the centre top to allow a gap for stuffing. See picture.
4. Turn right side out
5. Fold in the top edges the same amount as your seam allowance and use a little fabric glue to hold in place and prevent fraying. Position the ribbon folded in two in the centre of the back of the heart on the inside and glue lightly as this will make it easier to pin and sew once the lavender filling has been added.
5. Add lavender filling and stitch across the top edge, finishing off all ends securely. Et voila!
6. You can also make Christmas Hearts and fill them with wadding, or for an even more Christmassy feel use cloves, cardamom or anis. Shabby chic edging looks good, too.
Really eco-friendly Christmas decorations. Hang on the tree, in a window or use little ones to personalise your gift wrapping. Lovely stocking fillers, too! A good way to become more green.
Have fun being creative in the long winter evenings. You’re welcome to share your ideas here.