A dear friend of mine is having her birthday today. I wanted to make her a gift, and ended up making 3 from things I already had on hand. I made a little scrapbook, a lavender blossom sachet and a monogrammed linen handkerchief.
Here you can see the binding on the scrapbook. I did it with bamboo skewers. They are very inexpensive. And HERE is the link where I learned how to do this! I used some scrapbook papers I have that I bought on sale a long time ago at JoAnn Fabrics in a "stack." They come in very handy. The cover is decorated with pieces of fabric that I sewed onto some cardstock and then sewed the cardstock onto the cover.
This is the sachet. For those of you who might not know what that is, a sachet is something that smells very nice and you can hang it in your closet or tuck it into a clothing drawer to make everything smell lovely. This one is made just with two layers of cotton fabric that I sewed together. The easiest method I have found is to lay two pieces of fabric, right sides together, then draw the heart shape on it. Then, either by hand or on the sewing machine, I sew all around on the drawn line, leaving a couple inches open on the straight side for stuffing. Trim the seam, turn it right side out and press carefully. Then I put the lavender blossoms in (Thank you, April and Eva) and stitched the opening shut. Next, I sewed a ruffled lace all around and put on a ribbon for hanging and a ribbon bow for decoration. Voila!
Here is the hankie.
I have some handkerchief weight linen I bought several years ago. I cut out a 10 inch by 10 inch square and sewed all around using this decorative stitch. Then I just trimmed off the excess. I found a pretty letter A online, printed it out, and then drew it on the fabric and embroidered it with two strands of embroidery floss. I am pleased with the result.
For Christmas, we received a gift through Amazon.com that came in this nice box. The top was damaged by the note card taped on, so I just used rubber cement and put on a piece of pretty scrapbook paper to cover it up. I added a personal note and a rubber band.