I’ve mentioned before that our house is old. I love our old house. It has charm, character and history. But, unfortunately, it also has cracks and crannies that let in critters.
Some time over the winter, it let in moths. I’ll give the sewers, knitters and crocheters a minute to flinch and hiss at the m-word. I felt the same way.
Thankfully (I guess?) they started in the pantry. It was obnoxious, and a little creepy, but throwing away the occasional bit of food didn’t get to me too badly. Until I saw one in my closet.
That meant war. You can take my graham crackers, but you stay away from my textiles!!
After doing some research, I found that my options were pretty much limited to nasty chemicals or lavender. Not wanting to bring any dangerous nonsense into my house and kind of digging the idea of everything having a nice floral scent, I decided to take the lavender route.
If you’ve never seen their site, do me a favor and don’t click on those links til you’ve thought to yourself what pretty little sachets I made, and how nicely my picture turned out. Once you click it’s going to be obvious I’m a rank amateur. The materials they use are incredible, the end products are beautiful and the photography is gorgeous. I sincerely doubt there are any toddlers in their lives.
Speaking of toddlers; I made two sets of sachets and when I’d finished, G desperately wanted to play with them. He begged and begged to play with the “pillows”. Him using them as a new toy wasn’t really going to work out for moth control, so I had to take them away, but I used the same general idea to make him a couple of bean bags and now he’s happy as a clam.
For either bean bags or sachets, start by cutting yourself 2-4″ squares of fabric. I loved the look the Purl Bee sachets had with the plain canvas on the back, so I used muslin for mine, but complimentary fabrics could be absolutely beautiful as well.
If you have the time and ambition for hand sewing, I suggest you follow the directions for treating the hem in advance of putting in your filling that is in the link above. If you’re stealing moments while your tiny dictator(s) nap and think hand sewing sounds like it will be lovely to have time to do when your little one(s) gone to college, you’re with me.
Start by placing your squares, right sides together, and stitching 3 of the 4 sides. Turn the pocket right side out and iron. Next, fill about 3/4 full with either lavender or dried beans. Turn your hem allowance under, iron flat and sew shut. …it may actually be easier to turn your hem allowance and iron it before you fill the pockets, but what can I say, I prefer ironing dangerously.
If you’re making bean bags, you’re done. Go throw it at somebody you love and have fun. If you’re making sachets, you’ve got one more step. Start by using my knot free technique to attach your thread to the center of your muslin square. Push your needle through the center, moving the lavender to the edges with your fingers and creating a long stitch in the middle. Pass the needle from front to back a few times until the pillow puckers in the middle. Tie it off (again knot free) and you’re done. If any of that is confusing, click over to their tutorial where there are lots more pictures.
This is an incredibly quick project, and a rather satisfying one. I finished a dozen of them fairly quickly and am planning on making another dozen soon. It’s a great way to use up scrap fabric, and I love that on top of making my house smell nice, the lavender will be keeping my yarn and fabric stashes safe.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please let me know! I love hearing from you guys!