This step by step guide shows how to make lavender satchels with pictures. These are a perfect way to present your homemade potpourri. There are two methods including a bag satchel and a hanging heart satchel for your bedroom door.
Potpourri is simple to make at home from the flowers in your garden. Lavender potpourri has a wonderful aroma even without the addition of oils. See this guide to making Lavender Potpourri.
Creating Lavender Satchels
Lavender bags are the easiest satchel to make for a novice sewer and they can be easily adjusted to the required size. Hanging satchels require a little more time as you will need to get the ribbon lined up right and use a funnel to insert the potpourri but you can get creative with different shapes.
Tulle or mesh fabric is great for potpourri satchels as they let the scent through and you can see the potpourri inside. You can now find tulle fabrics with pretty floral or glitter designs which will brighten up any room.
Tools and Materials Needed
- Fabric 12 x 24 inch (30 x 60cm) for the bag satchel
- Fabric 16 x 16 inch (40 x 40cm) for the heart satchel
- Matching Thread (Use white thread if you don’t have the same color)
- Scissors – Bent Scissors make cutting fabric easier. (Paid link)
- Lavender Potpourri (½ cup for each satchel)
- Ribbon 12 inches (30cm) long for the bag satchel
- Ribbon 12 inches (30cm) long for the heart satchel
- Sewing Machine – This top rated Brother Sewing and Quilting machine is a great option if you love to sew. It has an applique stitch and free sewing arm with a wide table. (Paid link)
- Free Heart Template – Download the PDF File below then print out.
These instructions are for making both a bag satchel and a hanging heart lavender satchel.
How to Make Lavender Satchels for Potpourri
- Draw the Bag Satchel then Cut Out
Press your fabric using a cool setting on your iron with such as the satin or synthetic setting and use steam. Next use a ruler and pencil to draw out a rectangle 5 inches (12.5cm) wide by 12 inches (30cm) long.
Cut out the rectangle then set aside.
- Trace Around the Heart Template then Cut Out
Next print out then cut out the heart template. Place on the fabric then draw around. Flip the heart template over then draw around again. Cut out the two hearts then set aside.
- Seal the Edges of the Bag Satchel Fabric
Use a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine to sew right around the edge of the material. This will stop it from fraying. Otherwise you can use a clear nail polish to brush around the edges then let dry completely before continuing on to the next step.
- Fold Over the Ends and Sew
Fold one short end over ½ an inch (1cm) then pin and sew a straight stitch just above the zig zag stitching so you have a wide seam at the top. Fold the other end over by ½ an inch (1cm) so the folds are on the same side of the fabric. Pin then sew just above the zig zag stitching.
- Sew the Sides of the Bag
Next fold the fabric in half with the end seams lined up together and the folds on the outside. Pin along each side then sew with a ¼ inch (5mm) seam from the top of the bag down the side to the end. Sew from the top of the bag down the other side. This will make sure the top edges are lined up correctly.
- Press the Seams
Turn inside out then press the seams with a cool iron.
- Fill with potpourri then Sew Closed
Fill with ½ cup of lavender potpourri then gather the bag together just above the top of the potpourri. Using a needle and thread sew through the gathers a few times then tie off. This will prevent the potpourri from escaping if the ribbon comes loose.
- Tie the Ribbon
Tie the ribbon around the gathered stitching then make a bow.
- Pin Together the Two Hearts
For the heart satchel; line up the two hearts wrong sides together then pin around the edge. Trim if they are slightly out of alignment.
- Sew in the Ribbon
Fold the ribbon in half then insert the ends between the two hearts at the inside point. Use a needle and thread to hand sew the ends in place while keeping the ribbon straight. This will help to keep the ribbon in place as you sew around the heart.
- Applique the Edge of the Heart Lavender Satchel
Next use an applique stitch on your sewing machine and a satin stitch foot. Sew around the outside of the heart leaving a 1-inch (2.5cm) gap on one side. Make sure the ribbon is kept straight as you sew around the top.
- Insert the Potpourri with a Funnel
Insert the funnel into the gap then fill with ½ cup of lavender potpourri. You may need to use the end of a paint brush or skewer to help get the potpourri through the funnel.
- Sew the Gap Closed
Sew the gap closed with the applique stitch. It is easiest to manually wind down the needle where the stitching finished then begin sewing. This will ensure the stitching looks continuous.
Do you need a new set of funnels? This stainless steel set from Amazon can also be used for canning. (Paid link)
When using a wide applique stitch as seen in the photos the fabric will fray a little on the ends. This gives it a shabby chic feel but if you don’t want the fabric to fray simply brush the edges with clear nail polish then let dry before appliqueing the edges.
Get creative with different designs using a paint program on your computer or use Microsoft Word. Open a new document then click on Insert then Shapes.
Make several lavender satchels at once then add to Christmas gifts or give away at your next dinner party. Place one on each plate at your table using bag satchels for men and the hearts for women.
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