I love Valentine’s Day. I love a cheery, pink-and-red colored holiday in the middle of grey, slushy February. I love seeing bunches of flowers and balloons being delivered into office buildings, I love giant, heart-shaped, boxes of chocolates (caramel and nut mix please). But most of all, I love making and receiving beautiful, little, hand-made Valentines.
Since my glitter and glue days are pretty much behind me, I decided to try knitting my Valentines this year. I had an idea in my head for 2 different sachet designs, and decided to stuff them with a rose-scented potpourri, that I would make myself. I decided to make sachets because I thought it would be something people could use year-round, and filling them with a rose-scented mixture would really say “Valentine’s Day.”
Being a complete novice at aromatherapy, I took to the internet to find supplies and learn how to make potpourri. My search brought me to Birch Hill Happenings. There, I purchased my supplies and viewed their excellent video, which made me confident I could make the sachet mixture myself:[embed]http://youtu.be/704UqVODZkM[/embed]
I contacted Birch Hill Happenings to tell them how well the sachets had turned out. They were so excited about the project; they have offered to sell a rose sachet kit to all our readers at a discounted price. Here’s the link: http://birchhillhappenings.net/Rose-Sachet-Kit.html It’s a fabulous deal, I hope many of you can take advantage of it.[caption id="attachment_693" align="aligncenter" width="808"] Fiber bits in glass jar, soaking up Rose oil.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_692" align="aligncenter" width="811"] Rose buds and leaves[/caption] [caption id="attachment_695" align="aligncenter" width="795"] Muslin bags, stuffed with potpourri, ready to go into sachets.[/caption]
With my muslin bags all stuffed and ready to go, I set about knitting the sachet covers. I wanted to do a simple heart design but couldn’t decide between a textured look and intarsia. So, I settled on both! As I plotted out the designs, I wanted to make one of the covers removable, so you can “freshen” the sachet when needed, or use the cover for a little jewelry or gadget case.
The knitting went by VERY quickly; we’re talking about 3x5 bags here. So quickly, in fact, I decided to make one more of each design and write up the pattern for all of you! The largest amount of time I spent was in the finishing. I sewed the bags together, sewed on buttons, and got fancy, making pom-poms to decorate one of them[caption id="attachment_696" align="aligncenter" width="500"] In the finishing stage[/caption] [caption id="attachment_694" align="aligncenter" width="493"] Vintage Buttons from Vogue Knitting Live event![/caption] [caption id="attachment_697" align="aligncenter" width="494"] Testing Pom pom colors[/caption] [caption id="attachment_698" align="aligncenter" width="575"] Mattress stitching top of sachets[/caption] Here’s the finished product: [caption id="attachment_702" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] The button-back version[/caption] [caption id="attachment_701" align="aligncenter" width="900"] The two color version[/caption]
All done and ready for giving. I’m so excited I have some beautiful hand-made Valentines to share this year. And, since I used yarn from my stash, it barely cost me anything!
If you’d like to make this project, you can email me for the pattern firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send it right away. Start knitting, order your aromatherapy supplies (at a discount) and you will have some beautiful gifts, all-ready by February 14th!Please post your finished sachets, or Work In Progress (WIP) here or on our Facebook page or Pinterest page.