My boys are always asking me about crochet and knitting. The older two want to learn, and I have tried to teach them, but our few lessons have ended with everyone frustrated. R (8) does not excel at fine motor skills and tends to hold the hook, or needles, with a death grip. Big A (7) just doesn’t have the patience to learn yet. I got them some knitting looms, but they need help wrapping the yarn and tend to drop a lot of stitches. It’s just not working out for us.
So, we tried sewing. I started teaching R to sew last fall. We got some 5″ quilting squares and he made a bunch of beanbags. He had fun, but we have way too many beanbags. He wanted to sew again, and Big A wanted to learn, and we do not need anymore beanbags. Ever.
My brainstorming finally turned up lavender sachets. They follow the same process as beanbags (sew a square) but are a little more useful. The past few years I have gone to a little holiday craft fair to try to get rid of some of my finished items. Last year I brought the two oldest boys with a few things they had made: beaded candy cane ornaments and recycled crayon candles (I’ll do a how-to soon when we make more.) This year they can add the lavender sachets. The materials cost us 75 cents per sachet so they can sell them for a dollar each.
- Dried lavender. I bought a pound of it from Amazon. A pound of lavender is a lot. We didn’t use it all.
- 5″ squares of fabric (quilting charm pack): 2 squares per sachet.
- narrow ribbon
- funnel or rolled piece of paper
- thread, scissors, sewing machine, and other standard stuff
- Sew a doubled short piece of ribbon to the center of one side of one square, on the right side, with the loop towards the middle of the square.
- Put two squares together, right sides in. Make sure the ribbon is at the top.
- Start an inch from the right corner on the top and sew to the corner, around three sides, and an inch in on the other side of the top (yellow line below).
- Clip the corners and turn right sides out.
- Top-stitch around the same area as in step 3 (this makes it look a little more finished and makes it easier to close.) Sewing tutorials always seem to have a picture of the sewing in progress. So, here is R very carefully top-stitching. At “almost nine” his hands are already as big as mine!
- Stuff with lavender. We used 1/4 cup per sachet. That fills the sachet about 2/3 so it’s still easy to sew closed.
- Sew the top closed. Here’s another “using the sewing machine” photo.
- Place or hang anywhere you want to have lavender scent.
The sewing is far from perfect, but I am guessing they will sell fine. They smell lovely and who can resist a pair of little boys selling something they sewed themselves?