I’d like to introduce a very talented lady Laura Howard, also known as Lupin [we featured her brilliant moustache disguises last week]. Laura makes an abundance of cute and quirky items out of felt – brooches and accessories, pincushions and masks, not to mention moustache disguises, in the hope of making people smile!
Apart from making and selling, Laura has a really informative blog Bugs and Fishes where she shares tutorials of crafty things she makes. I admire people so much who are so passionate about what they do, that they just have to share with others.
We are very lucky to have Laura sharing her fabulous ‘Appliqued Succulent Sachet DIY ‘ today. I love succulents and their sculptural shapes, so was really excited to see this idea – aren’t they cute?
This is such a simple DIY that even a non-sewer like me can attempt it, and if you’re feeling ambitious, why not try a large cushion version? Over to Laura…
My little sister has just moved into her first non-student flat and I was thinking about housewarming gifts to buy her… and how potted plants are a really common gift… and somehow this ended up with me making a lavender sachet decorated with a felt succulent! There’s logic in there somewhere, I’m sure.
Lavender seems to be having a bit of a revival at the moment – it’s an attractively old fashioned, organic way to keep your clothes fresh and keep the moths away from all the treasures in your wardrobe. Don’t like lavender or can’t get hold of any? Stuffed with fabric scraps this design would also make a great pincushion, or make a great decorative detail on a cushion / throw pillow.
To make this design you will need…
Dried lavender [or fabric scraps]
Green felt to make your succulent’s leaves (I used a soft sage green).
Felt for the plant pot – I used terracotta, but your pot could be any colour you fancy.
A third shade of felt to use as the main shape for your sachet (I used a soft pink).
Matching threads, needle, pins, scissors.
I’ve not drawn templates/patterns for this project, as I think a lot of the fun is cutting your own leafy shapes and building up a unique and organic design from them… but I have done a few sketches [not to scale!] which I hope will be some help.
1. First, cut out two rectangles of felt to make your sachet – mine measures approx 5 inches by 3 and 3/4 inches. Then cut out the two shapes to make up your plant pot. You can cut these freehand or draw a paper pattern first.
2. Stitch the two plant pot pieces to the lower half of one felt rectangle, so they overlap [making the ‘lip’ of the plant pot seem to overhang slightly].
3. Cut out an assortment of leaf shapes. Depending on your favourite kind of succulent, these may vary but to make one like mine you need squashed teardrop shapes with extra ‘stems’ like this:
4. Gradually layer your leaves on top of each other on your felt rectangle, so they seem to be growing out from your plant pot. When you’re happy with the arrangement, secure each leaf with one stitch to keep them all in place.
5. Stitch along the centre of each leaf, sewing them onto the felt backing. This stitching is practical – keeping the leaves in place – but also adds great extra detail and gives your plant a great 3-D look.
6. Pin both of your felt rectangles together, with your felt applique facing outwards. Sew both pieces together by sewing round the edges, a few millimetres in. Leave a gap for stuffing your sachet [make sure your teaspoon can fit through this gap!] and stitch back again filling in the spaces so you make a neat line of secure stitching.
7. Now remove the pins and stuff your sachet with lavender. Spoon the buds in through the gap one teaspoonful at a time, using the handle to make sure they go right into the corners. Once your sachet is nice and full, sew along the gap and back again to close it up neatly.
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
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