DIY – Lavender Bags by Emily Carlill
Since Emily’s DIY wedding in 2011 was featured on Rock My Wedding and in Wedding Magazine, she started to get inundated with other brides asking if she would make items for their wedding. This inspired her to make her love of crafting a larger part of her life…
Emily now hand-makes bespoke items for weddings, babies and gifts under her own name: www.emilycarlill.com, and has also gone on to launch a crafty business with friend, Sam Lowe, who together make up Love Me Sew, running crafty hen dos amongst other things!
Today Emily brings to you a DIY tutorial on how to make cute lavender bags which make perfect wedding favors (for the ladies of course!)
You will need:
♥ Pretty Fabric ♥ Pretty Ribbon* ♥ Paper template (I’ve made mine 3” square but it’s up to you on the shape and size ofyour bags) ♥ Dried lavender ♥ Coordinating thread ♥ Tailors chalk or pencil ♥ Pins ♥ Scissors
I’ve written this tutorial based on the use of a sewing machine. However, these lavender bags can also be made by hand sewing, just allow for more time.
*The ribbon I have used in this tutorial is available to buy from Wedding in a Teacup.
1. Cut your fabric
♥ Fold over your fabric, right (patterned) sides together and pin your template to the fabric.
♥ Using tailors chalk or a pencil, draw around the template.
Remove the template, but place a pin in the fabric to hold the two pieces together while you cut.
Cut out your lavender bag shape from your fabric. You should now have two pieces (one for the either side of the bag).
2. Sew your lavender bag together.
♥ Pin right (patterned) sides of your lavender bag together.
♥ Using approximately ¼ “seam allowance; sew around three sides of your fabric.
Tip: When you get to the end of one side, leave the needle in the fabric, lift the presser foot and spin the fabric to continue along the next side.
Tip: Most sewing machines have a reverse function, at the places you start and end your stitches, sew a few stitches forward and back – this will help to keep the stitches in place when you come to turn the bag the right way out.
Turn your bag the right way out and press. It may help to poke the corners out with a pencil.
3. Fold the top seam.
♥ On the open side of your bag, fold the fabric approximately ¼” inwards and press.
Half fill your lavender bag with dried lavender.
4. Making your bag loop.
♥ Using some pretty ribbon*, cut approximately 12cm (or longer if you prefer your loop to be larger), fold the ribbon in half and place the ends in the open edge of the bag.
5. Finishing your lavender bag.
♥ Topstitch a few millimetres across open edge of the bag closed making sure to sew over the loop ends. Add a few reverse stitches at the start and end of your run of stitches to ensure these are secure and don’t come unravelled.
You now have a lovely lavender bag! If you like the look of these lavender bags but don’t have the time to make them, you can buy these, handmade by me, from Wedding in a Teacup.