This sewing project was generously donated by Lavender Bee Farm and printed here with permission.
All-natural, dried lavender buds grown without chemicals or pesticides on our family farm. Lavender Bee Farm also offers gourmet raw
honey and a wide array of lavender gifts and beeswax candles, too. Visit our farm in Sonoma County, California!
Natural, Dried Lavender Brings Comfort and Beauty to your Home. Whether you're new to sewing or have a scrap bag that's filled to overflowing, making a lavender pillow
is a simple, do-it-yourself project that makes a wonderful gift or home accent. The calming scent
of lavender has been used for centuries for various medicinal purposes and is still beloved today for
easing tension, headaches, and insomnia.
We recommend using natural dried lavender, grown without pesticides or chemicals. At Lavender Bee Farm, our lavender is harvested and dried with such care that you will not need to add fragrance oils to your lavender pillow. The subtle, rich fragrance of our dried lavender will last for years. Just follow these simple directions for making a magnificent lavender stuffed pillow.
What you need:
(2) 16" Squares of fabric (velvet, cotton, brocade, linen, you choose)
(2) 16" Squares of batting (polyester is fluffier, cotton is more natural)
Our 1 Pound Bag of Dried Lavender Buds
Thread and Needle, or Sewing Machine
If you are a beginning seamstress, let's make sure we understand the difference between the right side
and the wrong side of fabric. The right side is the patterned side, the wrong side is the back.
At the end of this project, the right sides of your fabric will be showing. When it comes to batting,
neither side is right or wrong.
Our instructions will make a small, fragrant pillow. You can certainly make a larger one if you choose.
Also, if you are good at quilting or embroidering, you can embellish the fabric you intend to use for
your pillow in a way that makes it special to you. Your first step is to baste one piece of batting to
the wrong side of one piece of fabric. "Basting" means taking large, easy stitches, just to hold the
two pieces in place. Go all the way around the squares at about half an inch inward from the fabric
edge as shown. Repeat the process with your other square of fabric and square of batting.
Next, lay your two squares together with the RIGHT sides of the fabric facing each other. This means
that the batting is on the outside of your pillow "sandwich". Now, sew all the way around the
square 5/8" inward from the edge. HOWEVER, leave an opening about 4" wide on one side of the square,
as shown. You need to leave this opening in order to stuff your pillow. You can sew by hand or use your
sewing machine. If sewing by hand, try to make your stitches as small and even as possible. Don't leave
gaps or wear and tear will cause the stuffing to fall out. Once your pillow sandwich is complete, you've
reached the a-ha moment of the project.
This is the exciting part! Turn your sandwich right side-out. That's right, it looks like a pillow!
All that remains is to pour or stuff the dried lavender buds into the pillow opening. The more you use,
the fatter your pillow will be. For a heavier lavender pillow, some people mix equal parts flax seed
with lavender. Others like to use a combination of lavender and chamomile for a different scent.
When you have your pillow stuffed to your satisfaction, your last step is to sew up the opening.
To do this, simply turn the raw seam edges back into the hole so that nothing is hanging out and hand
stitch along the seam. Use small, even stitches across the seam to make it strong.
Making your own throw pillows decreases the cost and increases the fun! Your pillow can be as homey as
you like, made from vintage calico feed sacking or as sumptuous as you like with a plum velvet back and
a tapestry front. You may even be lucky enough to find a lavender-themed fabric at your local fabric
supply store. You can embellish your completed lavender pillow with a ribbon bow, charms, ruffles, or
cording. Just remember, it's what's on the inside that counts, and we guarantee your pillow
satisfaction when you use our natural, dried lavender buds.
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