Valentines Day Sachet Crafting Project
Time for a little bit of true confessions. I used to be someone who despised Valentine’s Day. It made me so unhappy most every year it rolled around. Why you ask? Because I’ve been perpetually single most of my life, and that one stupid holiday used to destroy my feelings of worthiness and my self esteem every year. I tied my feelings about how I felt about myself and my life on whether or not I had a boyfriend or not. So destructive. When I see girls doing it now, I want to hug them and tell them they are worth so much more than that.
And then one year I decided to take charge of my own Valentine’s Day ritual and make it something I actually enjoyed. To be miserable and unhappy is not exactly my style; let’s face it, nobody feels good wallowing around in those emotions. So I started doing little things for my lady friends and for my clients, and found I could actually enjoy the holiday again. It took the pressure off it. I started baking sweet treats and putting together sachets with herbs and those old school Valentine’s Day cards. This small, little gift always made people smile, and I felt so good offering an unexpected token of my appreciation to people who are important to me.
We are allowed to love lots of people in our lives. Our hair stylists, our baby sitters, our coworkers, our best friends. The list goes on. And isn’t the point of Valentine’s Day to share something sweet with someone you love? Why does love have to confined only to a romantic relationship? I think that’s incredibly limiting. Love is so much bigger than that.
All this to get to the point that this week I have a lovely little sewing project for you! It’s perfect to pair with a card or a sweet treat to share with those ladies in your life that mean so much.
Nobody freak out over this being a sewing project. It’s so easy, and you can be so creative with this, I know you’ll love it. If you don’t have a sewing machine, then you can use a running stitch to sew the pillow together.
Isn’t this pretty? Oh my gosh!! I made them and even I can’t believe how pretty they are! They are not just little pillows, they are stuffed with a combination of pillow fluff and dried herbs to create the prettiest little sachet. Gift your BFF with a pretty sachet and a lovely little succulent and be prepared for the biggest hug you’ve ever gotten! Because, not only is this a thoughtful and sweet gift, it contains NO EXTRA CALORIES. That pretty much makes this a miracle gift as far as I’m concerned.
I have friends with health issues or who are otherwise watching the sugar intake, so the gift of a sachet is pretty much the greatest gift ever for Valentine’s Day. Ready to see more?
Here is your supply list for this project:
- Small quantity of fabric. Fat quarters that are used in quilt projects are great for this.
- Matching Thread
- Poly fill pillow stuffing
- Dried Herbs. I recommend dried rose petals.
- Needle for hand sewing.
- Straight Pins to hold the fabric in place.
- Small spoon to spoon the herbs into the pillow.
- Sewing scissors. I used pinking shears.
- Sewing machine to sew the pillows OR this can be done by hand using a running stitch.
- Chopstick or something similar to push out the corners of the pillows when turned right side out, and to stuff the Poly Fill into the corners.
- Parchment paper (we use this to make our pattern piece)
- Sharpie pen (to draw the cutting lines on the parchment paper)
- Straight edge to draw the lines for the pattern
- Rule or tape measure to measure the dimensions for the pattern
- Ribbons for trim or decoration
- Glue gun to attach trims.
It seems like a lot of stuff, I know. But if you have a simple sewing kit, or know someone who does, they will most likely have all of these items already. Except for the herbs. Don’t worry. I’ll share with you where to get those as well. Take an afternoon and make these cute pillows because when you’re done, you will have THIS:
This project is completely customizable. I used a fat quarter of quilting cotton and made these 3 sachets. I still have leftover fabric, so 2 or 3 fat quarters goes a really long way. Be sure to use linen or cotton fabric.
Here are the steps to making this Valentine Sachet Project:
- On the parchment paper, measure and draw out a pattern piece that measures 6″ x 11″. Cut out the pattern piece.
- On freshly washed and pressed fabric, pin down the pattern piece and cut out your fabric. Cut out 6 or more of rectangles, because you can make and sew this project in small batches for gifts.
- Fold the fabric rectangles together. Be sure to have the fabric wrong side OUT. Pin the fabric in place to hold. Three rectangles will make 3 sachets.
- Starting on one edge of the fabric, and leave a 3/8″ seam allowance, sew the first seam. When you reach the top edge, leave the needle down, raise the presser foot and turn the fabric 90 degrees. Put the presser foot back down and sew about 2″. Back stitch to secure and cut the thread. Skip over about 1.5 or 2″ of the edge and then lower the needle and presser foot to sew to the end, follow the same instructions as above for turn the work at the corner. You are leaving an opening on one side of the sachet. This is to turn the work right side out and to leave room for stuffing.
- Turn the project right side out. Use the chopstick to gently put out the corners to a square.
- Stuff a little pillow stuffing in. Only stuff the lower 1/3 of the pillow. Use the chopstick to distribute the stuffing into the corners. Be gentle. You don’t want to stick the chopstick through the pretty corners and tear out the seams.
- Using a spoon, spoon the dried herbs into the pillow. Crush them gently by squeezing the pillow to get them evenly distribute. Fill almost to the top. Leaving space for more pillow stuffing.
- Evenly distribute more pillow stuffing into the top corners and over the top of the herbs being careful not to over stuff.
- Bring the edges of the opening together, and pin closed with the straight pins.
- Using the same thread used to sew the pillow seams, use an overcast or ladder stitch to close the sachet. Trim the loose thread.
- Squish the pillow to even it out. The squishing is sooooo satisfying and it smells really good.
- If you care to add a little more decoration to your finished pillow, you can either sew on or glue gun on a decorative trim. I tied a bow with ribbon and glue gunned it into place on one sample and did the same with a fabric ready made flower on the others.
It sounds like a lot, but really, this is a super simple and very satisfying project to make. If you have been wanting to try a simple sewing project, this is a great way to get started! As yarn crafters, it’s so enjoyable to purchase colorful yarns and enjoy textures. I get similar enjoyment looking at fabrics, and I do love easy projects that can be started and finished in the same day.
The herbs are a very important part of this project. There are a few suppliers online, but I’ve always used Mountain Rose Herbs. Many years ago, I supported myself as a Certified Massage Therapist and used to make these pillows as surprise gifts for my clients. So I bought my herbs in bulk to make all the fun things I gifted these lovely people who made my business possible. I got out of the business almost a decade ago, but I still have some of those herbs remaining. I used them in this project story, and they are still fragrant and wonderful as ever! I also have a great health food store locally with a wonderful bulk products section. They carry dried herbs and teas, so I have also purchased items there.
Enjoy this wonderful project! If you have any questions, reach out to me on my Facebook page! I would be happy to help you to craft this adorable project yourself. And remember, you matter, too! So making Valentine Sachets for yourself is a wonderful thing to do! The world deserves you at your best, and that starts with you feeling loved!
Be creative and mix and match fabrics and trims!! I love a good craft project that uses all my crafty skills including a little hand sewing and a glue gun!
And if you think this looks familiar, it’s because this project is really similar to my Dream Pillows sewing project. It’s pretty much the same project in different fabrics!! But look how different they appear. And this shows you how easily the project can be customized for different holidays or celebrations.
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