even though the holidays are over, it is still full blown WINTER here in chicagoland. my deck still boasts snow drifts over a foot high and there's cold cold weather outside my door. when it feels like a windchill of negative 40, that's a good time to stay inside and stay cozy.
i like to warm up with a little fire in the fireplace, curled up with a book on a high pile rug and lots of blankets, and light lots of candles to watch them flicker and fill the house with really wonderful scents. my goal: to combine all of those loves in one healing sachet!
i picked out two cozy fabrics, a flannel pinecone and a linen/cotton blend with whimsical illustrations. i had purchased them from brooklyn general store and stored them away in the stash for a project just like this!
then i went to whole foods (for instant gratification. you can also order essential oils online from monterey bay spice co. - such a friendly company!) and scooped up two essential oils. i decided my wintery sachets would smell best with a combination of earthy cedarwood and warm rosemary.
the bottles describe them thusly:
cedarwood: aroma- warm, woodsy, balsamic. benefits- stress relief, strengthening, and empowering.
rosemary: aroma- warm, camphoraceous. benefits- purifying, uplifting.
finally, i raided the pantry for some rice and headed up to the studio. if you'd rather make a sachet of just botanicals, lavender would make a wonderful substitute. however, the rice is what transforms my sachet from a simple nice smelling pillow into a 'healing' sachet. how? you can heat these in the microwave (30 seconds- 1 min) for placing on your aching shoulders, back or belly for both soothing scents and warmth! just like my cozy fireplace and candle combination!
are you ready to make a healing sachet too?
what you'll need:
+ two 5" squares of fabric (i used linen/cotton and flannel)
+ essential oils (i used rosemary and cedarwood)
+ 2 cups rice
+ needle and thread ( sewing machine is optional)
+ iron and ironing board
+ bowl and spoon - for mixing scents and filling sachets
step 1 - cut your fabric into two 5" squares. i used the border of my main fabric as the guide for the size of my pillow. (as i was making multiple sachets, only the front fabric is shown here. i also cut 5" square pieces of flannel)
step 2- place squares right sides together.
step 3- sew along the perimeter of your main fabric. i used the decorative edge (visible through the back of the fabric) as a guide for my stitches, but if your fabric is more opaque, or if you are trying to center a specific motif you may need to draw guide lines. remember to stop before the end / leave an opening for filling your sachet!
step 4- trim excess fabric around the edges of your newly sewn sachet. cut corners diagonally to sewn right angles so they will be crisp corners when turned right sides out.
step 5- flip your sachet right sides out. you may need to use a pencil/knitting needle to poke the corners into nice little triangles. press with a hot iron.
step 6- mix your essential oils with your rice. a few drops go a long way! i used three drops of cedar, two of rosemary.
step 7- fill your sachet, using the opening left during sewing. i used both the scented rice i mixed and additional unscented rice to get the little pillow to be nice and full.
step 8- thread your needle and stitch up your little opening using a whip stitch. i used a contrasting red thread as a nod to my french inspired fabrics.
step 9- inhale deeply and enjoy!