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Self Isolation Craft Ideas 2 – Lavender Bags

Lavender Bags:

Another week at home, another craft project. Lavender bags are easy to assemble and make a lovely gift.

I grow and dry my own lavender (I recommend a traditional English Lavender for a strong and lasting scent) but you can buy packs from craft and fabric stores. If you don’t like lavender you can use any sort of potpourri mix, or use herbs like lime or lemon verbena, or my favourite Christmas mix – dried orange peel, cinnamon sticks and cloves (You can put the mixed herbs into a swatch of soft toy stuffing if you don’t want the crunchy feel).

What you need:

  • Fabric (preferably cotton, I use remnants or ‘fat quarters’)
  • Lavender (or filling of choice)
  • Sewing pins, Needle & Thread
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard or paper (for the stencil), ruler & a pencil
  • Ribbon

What to do:

  1. Make the stencil. draw a square on the cardboard. I’ve used an 8cm x8cm. Cut out the stencil and make the shape the shape out on your fabric (You need two pieces).
  2. Cut out the squares making sure that you allow at least 1cm seam allowance.
  3. Place the two top sides of the fabric together and pin them together.
  4. Take your needle and thread and sew the two pieces together using a basic running stitch. Make sure that you leave a gap of at least two centimetres on one side.
  5. Trim the edges, leaving the section around the gap. I’ve used pinking shears which create that triangle pattern pictured, but any scissors are fine.
  6. Turn the bag inside out.
  7. Fill the bag with lavender pieces. (not too full, just enough to make a nice pillow)
  8. Sew up the opening.
  9. Finish it off with a contrasting ribbon. (You may want to put it in a glaze gift bag instead, it’s up to you).

Using your bag:

  1. You can use it under your pillow – lavender is believed to be relaxing and can aide sleep.
  2. Hang it in your closet/linen press as an insect repellant.
  3. Pop it in your underwear drawer.
  4. Give it as a gift.

 

 

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Things to do in November

Okay, November is a key time to get things organised:

  • Make your Christmas orders in November. Order ham, turkey, chicken, goose or any other special item you may need
  • Get that Advent calendar stocked and ready to roll
  • Buy presents and cards
  • Buy non-perishable food items
  • Present making – it is best to get everything done by the end of the month so that you can work out what you still need to buy or make before December. This way you can avoid last minute dashes to the shops.
  • Decoration making – really get going with the craft tasks. You want to get all of the basics, your table centres and crackers out of the way nice and early.
  • Finalise details of any events you are hosting
  • Send your invitations now, December is a busy month and people need to plan their time carefully
  • Take stock of dishes, glassware, cutlery, serving implements and the like for entertaining
  • Check the pantry – do you have all of the dry goods your need for your Christmas baking and food preparation
  • Make a list of all of the food and drinks you will need to get and start buying a few items every week
  • If you are getting a live tree place your order now
  • Finalise purchases of presents and cards to be sent overseas
  • Check international postage deadlines if you are sending things overseas
  • Do your on-line Christmas shopping now – some things can take 6 weeks to arrive.
  • Check the state of the tree and decoration
  • Organise your Christmas day guest list
  • Firm up your Christmas Day/Party and other events
  • Make jams and preserves so that they are ready for Christmas