Fall Garden Sachets – An Afternoon Project

Herb scented pumpkin

My herb garden is overflowing this fall. I tried planting a few new types of herbs last spring, mostly mints for making herbal tea.

They seemed to really thrive on my sunny deck. I had an abundance of Lemon Verbena and Moroccan Mint and they started to seed. They had the most amazing scent.

Basket of herbs

I decided to trim them back and dry the leaves for something . . . I didn’t know what. How about some kind of autumn garden sachet? Pumpkins? Maybe it was time for another play day.

Herbs on my deck

I gathered some supplies: leftover wool, some lovely linen, pipe cleaners, jute for trim, and some walnut shells I had purchased for pin cushion filling.

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Let’s start with a circle, nothing perfect of course. I tend to like wonky. We will need a stem, maybe a triangle?

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Mark some lines to give the pumpkin shape. I used this as the inside so I don’t have to worry about my markings showing.

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Use a heavy jeans thread to baste a running stitch across each line – a knot on one end and a long tail on the other to gather things up later.

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Run another basting stitch all the way around outer perimeter of the circle. A different color thread helps to keep track of all the different loose strings. Gather the basted circle up into a little pouch.

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Make sure all the loose threads are on the outside of the pouch.

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Fill the pouch with a mixture of walnut shells and crushed herbs. You could use rice, instead of walnut shells. I actually added some batting to mine also, so that I didn’t use up all my walnut shells.

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Gather all those loose strings and pull them as tight as possible. Knot them together and poke the strings inside the pouch.

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Look at the underside. It’s starting to look like a pumpkin!

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Uh – oh, how am I going to do this stem? Fold the wool triangle in half, stitch it up, then turn it inside out. I use my favorite sewing tool for this – a chopstick! I keep lots of them handy with different size tips. Fold the pipe cleaner in half, and then again, and twist it to fit inside the stem.

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I decided I needed a leaf. Add another running stitch right down the center to give it some dimension.

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This is starting to look cute!

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Whip stitch everything together.

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Twist this stem into shape,  then tie a bow on and it’s finished!

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One in linen, one in wool. I could make a whole patch full of these!

DSC00233What a wonderful fresh scent they put off. I just walk by and squeeze them every now and then!

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One Response to Fall Garden Sachets – An Afternoon Project

  1. Tracy Allen says:

    Great idea! I made several to send to my daughter. She lives in Indianna and fall has arrived there.

    Tracy

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