I am always creating and making over bits and bobs for Shingle Cottage as my regular readers will know and it always makes me happy whether it be sewing..painting or some other crafty delight...well after a chat over a nice cup of tea with my Mum we thought it would be nice to share some of these ideas and tutorials with you so you can have a go yourself if you would like to..For your personnel use...
The first in the series is going to be Lavender Pomander that will fill your wardrobe with that heady scent of Summer....
Some of you may have already tried this but some of you may not have really thought about those pretty little bits of rosey china you see here and there at charity shops and jumble sales with tired ribbons and tired scents.....
You will need....
A china pomander
A small piece of cotton fabric
Beads and buttons to embelish
First carefully cut the old ribbon loop off..
Then remove the paper bottom and old filling....i always remove these as they can smell a little odd after they have lost their scent..
Then fill a bowl with warm water and add some dish soap..
Pop in your pomanders and add a baby sterilizing tablet as this will remove the old perfume from the china as well as giving the china its sparkle back..
Leave them to soak for about an hour..
Then gently rub the bottoms with a scouring foam pad to remove old paper and glue and then dry with a clean towel and pop on one side..
Hold a bunch of dried Lavender over a bowl
I always have some growing in the garden ready for drying and for using in my projects come Autumn it is easy to grow and perfect to scent many a sewn fancy..
Strip the flower buds off with your finger tips..you can wear gloves for this if you wish as your finger tips can get a little tired and sore if you are stripping a large amount..
Soon you will have a beautifully scented bowl full..
Cut a square of fabric..mine here was six inch by six inch but you may need to alter your size depending on the size of the hole in your pomander..
I use pinking shears as it stops the fabric fraying and it looks a little prettier on the edge of the fabric...finer cotton fabrics are best as it is less bulky and lets the perfume through..
Add a good handful of Lavender in the middle...you can add dried rose petals or herbs too if you wish..
Pull all four corners up to the center and carefully hold together with a pin and cut a small length of ribbon long enough to fit around your Lavender parcel..
Then loosely tie it around your Lavender parcel.......remove your pin and pop it back in your pin cushion..
Then pull tightly and tie a bow...your Lavender is now wrapped and secure....give the parcel a gentle squeeze to release the fragrance..
Taking a now fresh and sparkling pomander and ribbon of your choice..
Cut a length of ribbon long enough to hang your pomander and to tie a knot inside.......thread the two loose ends through the hole in the top of your pomander and pull to create a loop...i used a knitting needle to gently coax the ribbons through...with the two loose ends sticking out of the bottom..
Tie in a double knot to secure and then pull the loop on the top side until your knot below disappears up inside..Pull the loop on top checking it is nice and secure and ready for hanging..
Now push your little Lavender parcel up inside..
Turn it around with your fingers until the bottom of the parcel sits neatly inside......Leaving it this way without a paper cover is much better as you will be able to give your Lavender parcel a little squeeze now and again to release perfume and you can always add a few drops of natural oil to it too if you want to at a later date..
Back on top sew a knot on the inside of the ribbon at the base and secure
Push the needle through on to the right side of the ribbon...watch your fingers!
Then add a bead or decoration of your choice....look out in charity shops for broken necklaces as you can use pretty parts for trimming....my bead here is from a broken pearl necklace
Take the needle back through on the underneath of your bead so the the thread does not show and then secure at the back
Have fun with different treasures you may have to hand such as buttons,beads,ribbons and lace
Below Mother of pearl buttons and beads
Then add to your hanger and perfume your wardrobe with the heady smell of Summer
Below creamy yellow ribbon and an old piece of lace tied in a bow gives a soft romantic look
Below pale sea foam ribbon with matching side ties
All finished looking and smelling pretty so nice to open your wardrobe and see these pretty perfumed pomanders hanging on your favorite coat or dress and wouldn't they be wonderful hanging in a guest room or to gift to a friend or loved one?
I think i am going to wrap one up for my Mum...just because..
I really enjoy shopping for treasures that i can re work in some way to use in our cottage and these Lavender pomanders will make me smile every morning when i choose something to wear at the start of my day..
Hand making pretty things for your home will give you your own unique look as not all treasure found while out hunting will be the same and especially if you buy from Antique shops,charity shops,jumble sales or car boot sales the treasure you find will most likely be a one off....
So go looking up in the attic..ask Mum or pop on your coat and hit the shops and see what you can find and spend a little time playing your favorite music or movie while you craft your way to happiness....
Will you join me next time for Cottage Crafts?