Sunflowers and lavender – what a wonderful summer pairing! When I looked at all the lavender in full bloom I decided to come up with an idea for a lavender pouch ready for when I have dried the lavender flowers. This one is a prototype – I still need to develop the design a bit, but I’m really pleased with the overall idea.
For this version I have used six 3.1/2″ yellow squares and two 4.1/2″ brown squares
Good supply of dried lavender
Making the sunflower petals
I considered making petal shapes and that might have looked more realistic, but it would definitely have taken longer to make the lavender pouch. Instead I folded the yellow squares in half and then in half again.
If you look at the one on the right of the photo, the right and top edges are folded and the bottom and right edges are raw edges. It’s the two folded edges that will form the outline of the sunflower petal.
Fold the two brown squares in half twice in the same way and cut a curve into the two sides that are raw edges. When you unfold the brown squares they are now circles – an alternative would be to draw round a glass or something and cut a circle in the brown squares that way.
Place one brown circle with right side up. Arrange the yellow squares around the edge of the circle. Make sure that the two folded edges of each petal are pointing towards the middle while the two edges outside are those with raw edges.
The outer edge of the brown circle should run roughly along the diagonals of the sunflower petals.
Place the second brown circle on top of the petals with right side down. Pin carefully and check that the two circles are in line with each other.
Sew around the edge of the circle about 1/4″ in. Leave a gap of a few inches so that you can turn the lavender pouch right side out. Check on the other side to make sure that you have caught both circles in the stitching.
Trim the edges of the petals to the line of the circle. I know this may seem quite wasteful, but it really does make such a quick and simple lavender pouch that I felt it was well worth it.
Turn the lavender pouch right side out by pushing it through the gap.
Through the gap in the pouch, spoon in as much dried lavender as you wish and turn under a small hem across the gap in both the circles, to conceal the raw edges.
Slipsitch the gap closed – I find it best to sew the hem on each side separately. Sit back and enjoy the aroma from your sunflower lavender pouch/bag.