The Spring Vintage Home Market is only two weeks away, and I am frantically hunting and gathering and creating and sewing for the event. Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd and 4th at the Richmond Raceway Complex, Richmond, Virginia. I sure hope you can make it because I sure would love to meet you. For more information and directions you can click here. Not only will I have hand crafted creations, but some wonderful vintage garden display pieces......a fabulous old wooden red handled lawn mower, old red tricycle, sweetest blue wagon with wooden handle, old croquet sets, goat cart wheels and the list goes on and on. :)
One of the items I am making in numbers are these sweet classic ticking and toile heart sachets. They are filled with lavender buds. A charming little gift for a friend, Mom, sister, teacher , slip in your closet or dresser drawers or even tuck under your pillow. These have a rustic farmhouse look with the blue ticking, or turned to the other side for an elegant soft red toile look. :)
Here's a little do-it-yourself directional if you are so inclined.
I found a nice free clip art heart on the internet, copied on paper and then traced the heart shape on a piece of cardboard for a sturdy pattern. I made them approx. 4-1/2" x 6". I used P. Kaufman upholstery weight blue ticking and red toile fabric. I placed the two different fabrics wrong sides together, since that was the way I decided to sew them together, cutting the pieces with pinking shears. If you don't have pinking shears, please get yourself a very good pair. I have Fiskars and love them. The pinking leaves less chance for ravels. I tried them with a zig zag stitch and just a straight line stitch and decided I liked the simple straight stitch the best.
For the hangers I used a thin red velvet ribbon on some for a more refined look and a rustic twine for others. Don't do like me and stitch a half dozen of them up, totally forgetting to slip the cording in.....ugh! Leave approx. a 2" opening to insert your poly fill. I use a chop stick to get the fill in all the nooks and crannies.
If you are lucky to be able to grow your own lavender, then you get those tiny little sweet smelling buds for free. I haven't had much success growing lavender, so I ordered mine off the internet. After stuffing your sachet about half way, put in approx. 1-1/2 tablespoons of buds, then finish stuffing your heart. Sew the opening up and you are done. Cute as they can be!
tomorrow I plan on making big, soft, squishy porch pillows of that same soft red toile fabric, maybe some fun hand made flowers pinned to them and a vintage button or two. :)
With a shop website and a brick and mortar space, I don't have as much time to do blog posts lately but I would dearly love to have you follow me on blog lovin' or google and "like" my Facebook Business Page. Each day on facebook I post a tiny snippet on what vintage and antique treasures I have found, projects I am working on, and a bit of behind the scenes at The Vintage Nest. Until next time......xoxo