I used the pattern in Amy Butler's In Stitches: More Than 25 Simple and Stylish Sewing Projects book to make this a few weeks back. I used fleece for the backing so it is extra soft. I also filled it with my secret ingredient, a little pouch of lavender from my garden. The pouch is made from a recycled fabric dryer sheet. I cut up a rectangle out the the sheet, fold it in half and sew up each side. Then you fill it with lavender and sew up the top. It works perfectly inserted in your project and protects the lavender from spilling out through a loose seam!
There are many legends surrounding lavender. It's scent is thought to combat stress and promote relaxation. The word “lavender” comes from the Latin "lavare" which means to wash. In early times, washer women were called lavanders or lavenders because to lavender meant to launder and the lavendar plant itself was used to keep fabrics smelling fresh.
Folklore also links fairy activity to wherever lavender is planted. These fairies bring healing, protection, and aid in overcoming emotional blocks [and migraine headaches!]. That is why lavendar planted around the house is rumoured to keep bad spirits away. I have it planted right up the front walk to my house for that very reason! We need all the help we can get!
I love lavender!