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How to make lavender bags

Our latest free sewing tutorial will teach you how to make your own lavender bags. Put a few of these pretty scented bags on hangers in your wardrobe or tucked into drawers to deter moths and keep your clothes smelling beautiful and fresh!

You will need:

Left over pieces of fabric

Matching thread, pins, tape measure and scissors

Dried Lavender

Quick tips for beginners

Pinning the fabric for sewing; Place the two pieces of fabric together, with right sides facing (the correct side of the fabric) and pin the raw edges together.

1 cm seam allowance; This is the distance between the edge of the fabric and the stitch line. You will find a series of parallel lines engraved on the needle plate of your sewing machine pick the one marked with the measurement you need and keep the edge of the fabric to this guide;

1.Cut out your materials according to the diagram. You will need two 12cm x12cm squares for each lavender bag you wish to make.

2.With the right sides of the fabric facing each other pin the two square together, leaving a 4cm gap in the middle of one of the 12cm sides.

3.Thread your sewing machine according to manufactures instructions. Using a 1cm seam allowance machine the two squares together. Sewing Tip to achieve a crisp neat corner, sew to the last 1cm of the first seam, leave the needle down in the fabric, lift up the foot and pivot your square, put the foot down and continue to sew, repeat on all 4 corners. (Don’t forget to leave a gap in your sewing so you can fill with dried lavender at a later stage)

4. Leave the gap in your seam and remove your work from the sewing machine

5.Using a pair of scissors, as show in the photo cut your corners, this will make a neat square when you turn the bag inside out.

Turn the bag inside out and press. Repeat steps 1 to 6 until you have the amount of lavender bags you require.

Using a teaspoon, funnel or a funnel made from paper fill each bag with lavender. Thread a hand sewing needle and using slip stitch hand sew the gap together.

Lavender bag HACKS

You have mastered making lavender bags, CONGRATULATIONS; here are a few simple ideas to turn your lavender bags into a pin cushion a simple toy or a doorstop.


Follow steps 1 to 6, using toy fillers ( I bought mine at Fabric Land ) firmly fill the bag with the filler, slip stitch the gap. Your pincushion is ready to use.

Mini beanbag toy

Make a great sew simple home made toy, for some retro old school fun!

Follow steps 1 to 6 above.

7. Fill the bags with dried rice, lentils, or beans, using a funnel or a teaspoon. Thread a hand sewing needle and using slip stitch sew the gap together.

Cut a piece of card into 6 equal squares, and then mark each piece of card with the numbers 1,2,3,4,5 and 6.

Lay the cards apart on the floor or ground.

Each player has 3 turns, to throw the beanbag

1. Mark a start line

2. The idea is to land the beanbag on the higher scoring numbers, which are placed further way from the start line.

3. The numbers are added up

4. And the highest score is the winner


Materials and Equipment

2 pieces of fabric that measure 20cm x20cm

Matching thread, pins, tape measure and scissors.

Dried lentils, rice or beans.

Follow steps 1 to 6 above.

7. Fill the bags with dried rice, lentils, or beans, using a funnel or a teaspoon. Thread a hand sewing needle and using slip stitch sew the gap together.

This sew simple door stop will hold open a door!

Interested in more sewing projects for beginners? Follow the tutorials on our blog or come along to our regular sewing classes to meet others and expand your skills.



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