Thursday, 7 June 2012

Guest DIY Tutorial: Lavender Hearts

Hello all!
How has your week been? I have had one million and one things going on - as well as a broken laptop! And so I have not been blogging. Shame on me!

Today I have a wonderful guest post DIY from Bella at Bella Blonde. Her blog is a mix of beauty, lifestyle and craft - right up my street!

So here's Bella....

Hello everyone! Bella from ‘Bella Blonde’ here! I’m so excited to be doing my first guest post on one of my favourite blogs ‘What Sadie Did’. I’m sure you will all agree Sadie is very creative and I love seeing her new jewellery designs as well as her lifestyle posts.

My post today is a tutorial of how to make ‘lavender hearts’ which are lovely for decorating your own home or giving as presents! 

Here is an idea which not only looks cute, but smells GORGEOUS! Whatever your sewing capability or whether you have a sewing machine or not, this is something that you can all try your hand at.

DIY Lavender Scented Hearts




Here is a step by step guide of how to create your own.

First of all, you will need to get your lavender ready (of course, if you don't want to use lavender you can use something like rose instead). You can buy bags of lavender buds ready prepared, however, i got a bunch of dried lavender and 'de-budded' them myself.

Here's how i did it:

Dried Lavender

Simply run the stem between your fingers to pull off the buds. As you have to do this stem by stem, it can be quite a lengthy process.

 

 
Place them into a jar for storage.


The next step is to make the heart shape bags, select your chosen fabric.

I love floral designs and girlie colours!
 
Cut a heart shaped template to the side that you would like your bag to be.

 
Draw around the template onto the wrong side of the fabric, cut out leaving about 1cm around the original template. Do this twice to create the back and the front.


 
 Place the two pieces together with the right sides facing and pin into place.

 
Hand or machine stitch along the original outline of the heart. Leave around 3cm un-stitched along the straight edge of one side of the heart.
Use pinking shears to trim around the edge of the stitch and then turn the heart inside out by passing the material through the 3cm gap.


Sew ribbon in a loop to the top of the heart to make a hanger. I added a bow to each side for this particular heart, but you could use a button, bell, or anything else that takes your fancy!


 Using a tea spoon, put some of the Lavender buds inside the bag.

 
I didn't want to fill the whole bag with lavender, so i filled half up with stuffing from an old pillow.

Once filled, hand stitch the opening to complete!!

And there you have it......

 
What do you think? Are you going to give it a go? 

I’d love to see if you do- send me your pictures to: bella—blonde@hotmail.co.uk or on Twitter: @bellablonde1
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and I would like to thank Sadie for having me! 
 
 What a great tutorial - I am definitely going to try this next month when things are less hectic. Thanks Bella :)

10 comments:

  1. wow amazing idea I like it

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  2. Hello Sadie, you always make wonderful things and I love this cute little sweet heart:)
    Hope you have a great weekend !

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  3. Oh yes I will definitely give a try!!! I am always in the need of one of those!

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  4. I love it!!!!

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    xoxo

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  5. These are so precious! It sounds like a pretty complex DIY - at least for me. I suck when it comes to creative projects.

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  6. so pretty and it must smells good too:)) i adore you guys, so crafty!!!

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  7. I love this and it's so creative, plus lavender smells so nice. Great guest post idea Sadie, I'm gonna have to go find her on FB

    xoDale
    www.savvyspice.com

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    1. This is a lovely post, I really like craft ideas like this. I'll definitely have to give this a go at some point. Thanks for the great guest post! xxx

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  8. Lavender smells so good. I love this cute and quick sachet!

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  9. I love this DIY idea!!
    I would love for you to visit my blog sometime!! I also do a lot of DIY projects!
    :)
    Allison
    afashionfiles.blogspot.com

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