Friday, 29 October 2010

Lavender ladies tutorial

Wow, look at all these great handmade gifts already! I thought I would share with you a simple, quick gift to make.


These sweet little lavender ladies are a modern take on the old fashioned lavender bags that go into your underwear drawer or under your pillow. They make perfect gifts for friends, teachers, colleagues or ‘secret santa’ (Kris Kringle) gifts.

To make a lavender lady, you will need:
Fabric of your choice (approx 2 x 20cm square)
Felt to make the face
Embroidery thread
Needle for embroidery
Sewing machine or needle and thread
Pins
Dried lavender (you will find it in craft shops or health food shops)
Stuffing




To begin, fold your fabric over with the wrong side showing. You don’t need a pattern, just draw two overlapping circles straight onto the fabric (use chalk or pencil though, I used a marker so that you could see it in the photo). For my lavender lady the big circle’s diameter is 12cm and the smaller circle’s diameter is 8cm. It doesn’t need to be perfect though! Cut out your little lady and put aside.


Next, cut out a little round face from the felt. Again, just draw the circle straight onto the felt and cut it out. Mine is 4.5cm in diameter. Stitch on some little eyes and a mouth using embroidery thread. If you are making a few lavender ladies, try stitching different expressions on them.


Stitch the face straight onto the head of the body.




Now, lie the two body pieces right sides together and pin them securely. See those two pins at the bottom? They are very important! This is the gap you are going to leave so that you can stuff the body. Stitch the two body pieces together using a sewing machine or hand sewing. Don’t stitch across the gap.




Turn your lavender lady inside out. Looking cute, isn’t she? Start to stuff your lavender lady, alternating between stuffing and spoonfuls of lavender. All up, I put about 5 tablespoons of lavender in mine.


Once she is all stuffed, hand sew the opening at the bottom together.


And there you have it – a very sweet little lavender lady. I tied a little ribbon around her neck to make her look a bit more festive.

6 comments:

  1. How cute! I think we planted lavender in our garden this summer, if I recall correctly. So perhaps next year they'll be big enough for using and perhaps someone gets some ladies then. YEs they seem simple enough, but I'm not going to add more projects to this year's list at the moment, I will first finish the ones I have.

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  2. So cute! I wish we had dedicated craft shops in the UK - it really hasn't taken off here yet.

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  3. Hi Tilly. Does Panduro Hobby have stores? If not, their online shop is UK based and you can buy dried lavender from there.

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  4. I make lots of lavender bags for craft fairs and the odd present, and get my lavender online from www.provencelavender.co.uk. It comes within a day or two and you can buy from as little as 100g (£2.25 plus postage). It makes your wardrobe smell gorgeous and keeps the moths at bay too! x

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