Do you remember making Valentines back in grade school? I've never outgrown the tradition. Every year, I hand make my own Valentines to send out to friends. There is nothing like discovering a pretty Valentine in your mailbox to brighten your day.
This year, instead of making traditional paper cards, I decided to go a step further and turn my Valentines into tiny presents. I used the patterned paper from the Love Notes collection to sew up lavender heart sachets. Friends can use them to scent linens, pillows and drawers, or just leave them out as a decoration. They smell divine!
All you need to make these are some dried lavender (or other fragrant spice), some pretty paper, and a needle and thread. I used a sewing machine, but you can just as easily hand sew them together.
Because my hearts are only 4" wide, I used a 6 x 6 paper pad so I could get a variety of patterned paper. I found it easiest to sew two paper hearts together about 3/4 of the way, and then fill the heart with lavendar before sewing it all the way shut. I left a 1/2" margin around the outside, and then used pinking shears to give the edges a finished look.
Take a pin and poke holes in the sachet to allow the fragrance to come through. I just traced around the edges of the stickers, but you can put the holes in any arrangement you wish.
I sewed hangers made of ribbon onto each sachet, and then decorated them with clothes pins, stickers and tags.
I was so happy with how these came out that I think I might make a set for myself. Are you making Valentines this year? If so, I highly recommend these fragrant little hearts.