DIY Grain Sack Lavender Heart Sachets. Easy directions for making these sweet sachets. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or Sweetest Day. Easy Valentine’s Day decor.
With Valentine’s Day less than a month away, it’s the perfect time to make these DIY Grain Sack Lavender Heart Sachets. They make a lovely gift…for someone else or for yourself. They do require a little bit of sewing but if you don’t have a machine, hand-stitching will work just as well.
For this project, I used part of one antique grain sack and two different antique tea towels. If you are wondering about the “AD,” the tea towels came with the initials already embroidered. My method for making sachets uses one cut-out heart and one bigger piece of backing fabric. It’s so much easier than trying to sew two hearts together and keep them lined up.
DIY Grain Sack Lavender Heart Sachets
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- Grain sack fabric for the top of the heart
- Backing fabric (scrap fabric or the plain part of the grain sack)
- Heart template: SMALL or LARGE
- Fresh lavender buds
- Cording or ribbon for hangers: 3 – 4 inches long
- Marking pen
Tip: Sometimes, if you’re very lucky, you can find antique grain sacks with the ties still attached. These ties make perfect hangers. The hangers shown in these photos were made from tiny braided cording I got at Joann. I could not find it on their website.
(These directions are for one sachet made from grain sack. You can, of course, use any sort of fabric you like or have on hand. Authentic grain sack, tea towels, drop cloth, cloth napkins, etc. If you plan to make more than one, use the assembly-line method. For example, trace all your hearts at once…then cut them all out…etc.)
- Iron your grain sack fabric.
- Make a heart template out of heavy cardstock or cardboard. This makes it much easier to trace.
- Being mindful of the grain sack stripes, trace a heart on your fabric and cut it out. Cut inside the marking line so it doesn’t show on the finished heart.
- Cut a piece of backing fabric. The shape doesn’t matter, it just needs to be bigger than the heart.
- With WRONG sides together, sew the heart to the backing fabric. You can sew the heart by hand or use a sewing machine. If desired, insert a piece of cording into the “V” of the heart to use as a hanger. Leave an unstitched space on the side of the heart. This space should be about the width of a spoon.
- Using a spoon, fill the heart with lavender buds. (The big hearts take about 2 cups of lavender and the small hearts take about 3/4 cup.)
- After filling the heart, sew up the unstitched space.
- Carefully cut out the back side of the heart.
Back when I was sewing for my Etsy shop, I made hundreds of grain sack hearts. Some were sachets filled were lavender, some were ornaments filled with stuffing. Some had blue stripes and some had red. Of all those hundreds of hearts that I made, I didn’t save even one for myself.
I have wanted to share this project for a long time, but more than that, I wanted to make some hearts that I could keep. I love the way they look in the basket on my blanket ladder and the light scent of lavender is so wonderful.
I listed my best grain sack sources in this post: DIY Antique Grain Sack Ribbon Tutorial.
I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it. I loved the sewing, the photography and writing the tutorial. These take a little time, but the end result is totally worth it!
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