Wednesday, 2 July 2014


Today -  to counteract the wonderful country aroma left by the muck spreaders - I have been mostly making lavender bags!!
Just sneaking into my photo is that little green card and a beautiful little brooch that Neet made for me using polymer clay. I love it and think it is such a clever way to use clay. Annie and I are still pondering how you did it Neet!!!
Here is a close-up of the lavender bags.
I used a well worn, vintage, handmade, fine lawn pillow case to make my little lavender outer bags.
It was so lovely that I didn't really want to cut it up. It even had entwined intials sewn beautifully onto one end. Sadly it had seen better days and rather than let it remain hidden in a drawer I decided to give it another life and make little bags stuffed with wonderfully scented Shropshire lavender.

The little inner sachets were made using left over scraps from some voile curtaining.

The other lavender sacks are also made from cotton remants with some hand embroidery from a vintage tablecloth.

I love to re-cycle and hate to throw things out and at least something useful is the outcome of a little afternoon of sewing.

AND lastly......

This is what you can make with a double duvet set and a quick raid into my fabric stash!!

Can you spot
  1. a single duvet
  2. 2 pillow cases
  3. a set of underbed top secret curtains
  4. a cushion cover
  5. a chair seat pad
  6. a useful shoulder bag
  7. a note book cover
Oh and a very happy little boy - but he's not in my picture - I will let Caro show you Alex's lovely smiley photo!

That's it for this week.
Thanks for calling by - I will be over to see your WOYWW desk soon - as long as we don't get a power cut or broadband signal reduction!

Have a good week.
x Jo


Annie said...

That's what I call a really industrious week's crafting Jo. :-)
Annie x

Anne said...

You have been busy Jo. Love the lavender bags - and especially the recycling aspect. I shall pop and look at that wonderful set you have made for Alex. Caro is a lovely lady! I have had the pleasure of meeting her and she was also very kind to my aunt when she was in hospital. Happy WOYWW Anne x #32

Robyn Oliver said...

Hi Jo....sigh!!! love the recycled embroidered pillowcase lavender bags, I can smell the lavender here, beautiful. Very cool camo items and know that Alex will be thrilled. Happy WOYWW and have a super week RobynO#8

Caro said...

Oh yes Jo...he is one very happy and smiley little boy, thanks to your wonderful gift. He has made you a thank you card and present which I will try and pop in the post tomorrow! P.S. I love the lavender bags. Happy WOYWW. Caro x (#38)

Gillian Pearce said...

I love to recycle too. Your lavender bags are a beautiful end to the pillowcase. If only all our goodies could end up so well it would be so much easier to use them.
Have a lovely week
Gillian #28

Laura said...

Oh I bet he's over the moon! :)
Surprise surprise, it was the lovely old buttons that caught my eye the most in the top photo - I'd love to rummage through them!

cockney blonde said...

Goodness, you've been a busy little bee. Love how you've used that fabric stash, what a brilliant idea, x

Nan G said...

Love the sachet bags! Wish I wasn't allergic to lavender. Cool new threads for the boy cave! Bet Alex was over the moon thrilled with such a wonderful package! Hugs and Happy WOYWW! Nan G #53

glitterandglue said...

Brilliant work for a young spy and secret agent in all that camouflage fabric, Jo. Well done. Lovely lavender bags. Don't they always make a day LOOK fresh - as well as smell gorgeous!
Have a great week.
Margaret #9

Elizabeth said...

Hi Jo, your lavender sachets are beautiful but I think I'd have second thoughts about cutting up the beautiful vintage pillow case too. And I'm amazed at your ingenuity - all that from a double duvet set ... one little boy is going to be sooooo happy :) Happy WOYWW and thanks for sharing. Elizabeth x #47

Eliza said...

OMG he must be over the moon, wow such a top secret package of goodness. Now I am off to see Caro,s post, oh and really beautiful lavender bags.

Hugs Eliza
No post yet will later today

Princess Judy Palmer said...

Lots happening in your area. Love the quick raid of the stash camo products. How much fun will they be??!!! I had a good giggle about the "country aroma." Definitely time to break out the delicate lavender sachets.

Sandy Leigh said...

Jo, you have been so busy and you certainly deserve a crafting break! Your lavender bags are glorious!! Have a wonderful time with the twins. Hugs! Thanks for visiting. Happy WOYWW! Sandy Leigh #43

pearshapedcrafting said...

Love those lavender bags but I must say the camouflage set is fantastic - what a lucky boy! Chrisx 75

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Oh those sweet lavender works of heart. just precious..

Angela Radford said...

Ah, lavender, love it such a gorgeous smell and keeps the moths away too.
Happy crafting and have a great week, Angela x # 48

Diane Baker-Williams said...

Lovely lavender sachets! I understand what you mean about cutting things up but these are beautiful! Popped over to Caro's and saw Alex's wonderful camo set. Wonderful job and the boy couldn't have a bigger smile! Diane #71

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Jo,

I love how you re-purposed the lawn pillow case (what is that?). I've bought old linens from the thrift store. I have imagined making one into a blouse - oh, but I'm a beginner sewer who hasn't touched her new sewing machine...... but I have the vision!

I visited Caro already and could see how tickled her son was with his new camo bed. I like the curtains!! Reminds me of making a tent in between my twin beds when I was a girl.

Happy belated WOYWW
Peace, Kay (60)

Helen said...

Love the makeover for Alex, lucky boy!! I am just trying to catch up on some desks before going out to the Newbury stamp show, better rush... Helen 2

Mrs.D said...

Oh Jo, what beautiful lavender bags, they are just wonderful, and all those super things you made for Caro's Alex, he seemed so pleased with them.
Bless you for all your hard work
Chris #42