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Sunday, February 16, 2014

My Valentine's Day Creations ..

Hello my dear friends,

for this year Valentine's I wanted to create something practical for my daughters but I wasn't sure what that should be. I remembered some fabric I had bought last Spring but never used it. It is such a neat fabric and it's actually is meant for Valentine's day too, because you see the fabric was printed with vintage Valentine's card images that can be written on and then cut out and then used if that is what you wanted to do.

There were two ideas I had for these 'tags'. Idea #1 is to make a heart shaped pillow from lovely dark red fabric and embellish it with lace and a tag just like a lovely box of chocolates or # 2 is to make lovely lavender sachets out of them.  Now I just had to make my mind up which one to pick and in the end I decided on ...

.. sachets filled with lavender.

It was nice that everything that would be needed was at hand in my studio and the most neatest thing about making these lovely smelling sachets was that the lavender I was gong to use ...

... was lavender that was left over from my daughters wedding last year and that made it extra special for me and them too.

Unfortunately I had one little problem when I started to create my little gifts though.
Because of the cold and spending a lot of time outside clearing snow, both of my thumbs had tears at their tips, smaller ones but quite deep and very painful too, so it took me quite a bit of time to work on my sachets since some of the sewing was by hand. The slightest touch and I was in so much pain. In the end I had to bandage my thumbs and one of my fingers up and then things were a little better but my gifts were a day late because of this.

This year I went all out with the traditional look of valentine with little silver hearts and lots of red in my design and I love it!

I made six lavender sachets in total ~ three for each of my daughters and this is how they look ...

Last year I was actually a little unhappy after I bought this fabric because I didn't know what I was going to do with it but now...
... I am so happy I did buy it after all!
To complete my gifts I needed something nice to give them away in and that's where Michaels came in to this project again. They had the most beautiful Valentine's boxes ...

... which were perfect for the job.

All that was needed now was to write a tag and decide who gets which sachets ...


... add some pink tissue paper and done!

It is lovely how much joy a piece of fabric can bring ... me creating with it and my daughters, who loved receiving my creations from it!

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.

Karen B.


  1. OMG, those are so cute!! It was the perfect use for this fabric! I am sure your daughters just loved it... xoxo Silke

  2. How very sweet!!! What a great fabric panel!!!

  3. These are really lovely Valentines, Karen. Sometimes fabric, like wine, needs to age a bit before it comes into its own. At least, that's what I tell myself!

  4. How beautiful and such a special Valentine for your girls. What a remembrance you've given them.

  5. Karen,
    I love your Valentine sachets! What a wonderful idea! I may just have to follow your lead for a birthday gift. I have some fabric that has friendship quotes on it and it would also make cute little sachets!
    I adore these you have made. What a great idea!

  6. Karen,
    Can you tell us who produced this fabric? I would love to get some it!

  7. I love when that happens! These are adorable, Karen. I love them.

  8. Oh, I bet your daughters were just tickled pink to receive these beautiful, handmade sachets from you. What a wonderful gift!

  9. WOW..So beautiful the fabric is Gorgeous... your lovely daughters will treasure these forever .. you can tell these were made with so much love...Wonderful... Hugs May x x x

  10. First time to your blog. Love, love your lavender sachets. Just beautiful!

    May I ask, which company manufactured this fabric?

    Thank you for your great tutorials!

  11. Que preciosidad de tela, los detalles te quedaron preciosos!!!!! besos

  12. Quina tela més bonica, m'encanta com t'han quedat els coixinets! Feliç Sant Valentí. A catalunya se celebra per Sant Jordi, el 23 d'abril.
    Una abraçada

  13. how sweet! that fabric is gorgeous. i've never seen anything quite like it. these are lovely!

  14. So lovely and your daughters must have been very happy!

    Greetings from Germany

  15. These are simply beautiful.
    I love the little details on each one of them.
    I bet them smell divine too !

  16. What beautiful sachets, Karen! You do such lovely work and that fabric was so pretty, and perfect for the project you chose.