Happy new year! And what a strange one it is. However rather than dwell on the global situation I thought I’d share a bit more about the process of making my lavender bags. They have quickly become my most popular product, which is great, as I love making them!
Each one starts off as a digital sketch, which I turn into a template for cutting out felt. I use 100% merino wool felt which is delightful to use. It doesn’t fray or pill, is smooth to touch and comes in a gorgeous variety of colours. If you’d like to read more about the felt I use, click here. I cut all the lavender bags out by hand. This means I can get the most out of every piece of felt, so there is little waste. I keep all the scraps, using smaller pieces for the appliqué areas, and making badges, and the tinier scraps are all gathered together and used as stuffing in the lavender bags and for my christmas decorations. So in fact, there is no waste from the felt!
I use off-cuts of faux leather and vinyl for some of the appliqué, which is great for adding a touch of metallics and glitter. I use DMC threads, some vintage threads I have been given, and also some fine crochet cotton to add all the embroidered details. This is one of my favourite parts, adding character, details and texture to each lavender bag. Because all the embroidery is done by hand each lavender bag is unique.
Once stitched the lavender bags are filled with organically grown lavender, from my parents garden. This part of the process smells wonderful!
Each lavender bag hangs from a ribbon or cord which is carefully stitched into place. These are often recycled ribbons, I collect bits of ribbon every where I go now!
I am constantly adding new characters and designs to the collection of lavender bags, if you have a suggestion, please let me know! You can find my lavender bags for sale in my Folksy shop here.
Thanks for reading,