How is it February? More importantly, how is this our first blog post of 2016?! But then again, the Finch does know. Things have been busy here! A newborn baby, colossal snow storm, and weekly shipments of yumminess... However, it does appear to be the perfect time to post a tutorial, and we at the Finch have the perfect idea, just in time for Valentine's Day! Heart shaped lavender sachets; the perfect project for tiny scraps of fabric and yarn. Remember our Wool Dryer Ball Tutorial? This project uses the leftover lavender packets too!
What You Will Need Love Scraps of Fabric and Yarn Paper and Pen Sewing Machine Notions Pinking Sheers Needle Thread Lavender Packets (Optional: Two FQ's or more if you want to justify buying more fabric; I used Fruit Dot by Cotton and Steel)
First things first, iron your scraps (or Fat Quarters) and align your pieces of fabric with RIGHT sides together; fold widthwise.
With your handy dandy pen and paper, draw half of a heart at the edge of the paper. You can make your heart sachets as big or as little as you would like. Align your drawn masterpiece to the folded edge of the fabric.
Do you remember making Valentines as a kid? It is the same idea :) Pin the paper and scraps in place. Carefully cut...
...and before anyone becomes incredulous that I am cutting paper with my sewing scissors, these are my paper and fabric scissors. My fabric scissors are in an undisclosed location; I won't reveal where because keeping them out of reach of my family is of the utmost importance.
Cut your scrap piece of yarn to the desired length. Carefully pin the yarn on one of the RIGHT sides of the heart. This will ensure the yarn stays in place while sewing. For this sachet, I used a scrap piece of Knit Collage yarn because it is sparkly and purdy. With the RIGHT sides together once again, pin around the heart.
With a 1/4 seam allowance, sew around the heart. I used my trusty 97D patchwork BERNINA foot for this sewing project because the 1/4 seam allowance guide on the foot. Lurv this foot.
Make sure to leave a "No-Sew" zone of an inch or more so you can turn this project RIGHT side out and insert the lavender packets.
It is lavender packet time! These are sewable too. Because I made a smaller heart, I cut one of the packets lengthwise first, then sewed the halves shut. With one of those halves, I cut it widthwise and sewed, making two smaller pieces from one of the bigger halves.
I highly recommend making two smaller lavender packets like above, especially if you decide to make a smaller heart. The two smaller pieces fill the smaller heart entirely instead of having one big packet which could make the heart lumpy.
Before you turn your heart RIGHT SIDE out, be sure to remove the pins that secure the yarn in place. After carefully removing the pins on the inside, turn your heart RIGHT side out, press, and then place the lavender packets through your "No Sew" zone. Whip-stitch shut with your needle and coordinating thread...
And you are done, but this tutorial is not! I still have one more way that you to show you...
You will repeat the steps above, but this time, your will sew your heart with WRONG sides together. Pin your heart together with your scrap of yarn in place. I chose Tosh Vintage because that yarn is one of my favs and I love the variegated coloring.
Sew around the heart with a 1/4 seam allowance, and leaving a "No Sew" zone. Place your lavender packet through the "No Sew" zone, and finish sewing around the heart. With your pinking shears, carefully cut around the heart's perimeter.
And guess what, you are done! And so is this tutorial!
If you do not have lavender packets, use poly-fil! Or instead of stuffing them with lavender or poly-fil, you can make garland by ironing fabric stabilizer to your scraps (so they have a stiffer feel) and then string your hearts on a long piece of yarn.
Follow the same steps above and omit the lavender packets or poly-fil.
Just in case you are looking for an adorable Valentine idea for your little Finchette(s)' classmates, check out Nicole's tutorial on how to make Arrows of Love and Rocket Pencil Valentines. Seriously #adorbs.
Happy Valentine's Day! We hope to see you soon.
Stefanie + the Finch