Today’s A Thousand Things project is a good one – learning to sew on a sewing machine. Of course Rémy loved it – it’s got buttons to press and a foot pedal and a motor – I mean really was there any doubt he wouldn’t want to do more?
I chose a quick and easy sewing project, a lavender bag, to get Remy started. It has lots of straight stitching to get him comfortable on the machine and there’s not very much work so within about 20 minutes you have the perfect gift for someone. This is a great way of using up left over fabric scraps – like this Liberty Tana Lawn Lodden fabric.I had spent the afternoon making new trousers for Minty out of Lodden B Tana Lawn fabric in green and there was a little fabric left over – enough for a few lavender bags and pouches.
You will need
An electric sewing machine
Liberty Tana Lawn fabric 10″ x 7″
Lavender buds – if you don’t have lavender in the garden you can buy it.
What to do
1. Cut out a rectangle of fabric 10 x 7 inches. At the top on the long 10 inch side iron under twice – 1/8 inch and then 1/4 inch aprox – and top stitch to form a neat top edge.
2. With right sides facing out, stitch fabric together down the open side and across the bottom, 1/4 inch from the side. Trim to 1/8 and iron.
3. Turn inside out and stitch side and bottom1/4 inch from the edge to form a French seam – the raw edge is now encased inside the seam.
4. On the inside lay the corners out flat and stitch across the point about 1/2 – 3/4 inch from the point to form a triangle, don’t trim. Turn right side out and this will form a base.
5. Fill with lavender buds, about half full.
6. Gather the top and tie with a bow using the satin ribbon.
7. Give to someone special for their knicker drawer!