Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Herb Thursdays Lavender Pillows

I miss our old Herb Thursdays sometimes so thought I would do a post this week on lavender

I have posted before http://kathyinozarks.multiply.com/tag/lavender Lavender is one of my most favorite herbs.

Lavender Pillows I found a nice how to here http://lavenderbeefarm.com/howtomakeapillow.shtml

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.

Dried Lavender Buds 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.

I also found this neat video with alot of how to information, I liked her method of curing the lavender.

http://insightfulnana.com/fun-times/crafts/making-lavender-sachet-gifts this link will take you to her site for printable instructions of this video, and if you sign in she will send you free tags to print out

These pillows can also be used to help with a sinus headache

and information here too for using lavender for your headaches http://www.ehow.com/how_2119612_use-lavender-treat-headaches.html

http://www.lavenderbeefarm.com/headache.shtml

and here too http://www.mothernature.com/Library/bookshelf/Books/15/15.cfm

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