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How about making mom a sweet smelling lavender sachet to celebrate her special day? This “Mom” design is available through Kreinik as are all the super luscious threads that I used to stitch this.
To make the sachet, I made a little insert pillow by sewing two 5″ by 5″ pieces of coordinating fabric together leaving a small opening to add the filling. My sachet is filled with a mixture of rice and lavender to give it a little weight but you might want to do 100% lavender or blend it with another favorite flower or herb.
This needlepoint sachet cover was made by sewing a mini envelope pillow. Trim your needlepoint leaving about a 1/2 inch seam allowance. The Ikat fabric used for the back is upholstery weight. I cut two 6.5 inch by 4.5 inch pieces and hemmed the top of one and the bottom of the other. Then layered a sandwich with the needlepoint good side facing in on the bottom and the upholstery fabric good side facing down like shown below.
After pinning the sandwich securely together I carefully sewed around the outermost edge of the needlepoint. I stitched a couple extra rows to allow for this. I also use contrasting thread so I can see where my stitches land while sewing. Sew around all four sides. Trim off the excess, turn right side out and pop your sachet in. Happy Mother’s Day!
Last week I received a message from Tara, writer of Book Babe Blog telling me that she had adapted my PC Union Jack Needlepoint Pillow Tutorial to make a Beautiful Union Jack Clutch using the prefabricated plastic canvas clutch forms that you can find at your local craft store. Her post is detailed and easy to follow. You can click here to give it a go yourself. Also, Tara made some good use of the Kreinik glow in the dark thread that I sent her. I love that thread!
Please share your projects with me! It makes my day to get messages like Tara’s. Thanks Tara. Well done.
For the little ones these sweet Charlotte Bucilla Stitchables will surely keep there hands busy for at least some of their Christmas break. Choose from a series of wooden charms that are packaged into an inexpensive kit. You can buy yours at Plaid Online.
For the hard to buy for men in your life try this Fly Tying Kit from Krienik.
And last but not least for the women consider my latest DIY Needlepoint Jewelry Kit series. This series was created especially for the modern stitcher. The project requires a low time commitment of approximately four hours or rather 4 Downton Abbey episodes and is completely self finishing. You can find the full line in my Etsy shop here. Mention this blog post in a convo and I will give you a second kit of your choice at 1/2 off. Offer good until Friday 12/19/14.