Monday, August 27, 2012

Lavender Linen Satchel

I've been wanting to make some little potpourri pouches for ages for my linen closets. Even my yarn stash could use a few since it lives in plastic bins in our damp musty basement.

I knew I wanted something simple but pretty. I had a bit of alpaca left over that I had bought from a spinner years ago. It's cream and soft and really lovely. I didn't have much though, enough to squeeze out 6 wee squares.



If you'd like to make these little satchels you will need:
worsted weight yarn
3.75mm needles (I used 2 dpns)
yarn needle
ribbon
old pantyhose
potpourri or lavender


Cast on 19 sts

Row 1-4: (K1, P1) x 8, K1
Row 5: K1, P1, K1, P1, K11, P1, K1, P1, K1
Row 6: K1, P1, K1, P13, K1, P1, K1
Repeat Row 5 and 6, 8 more times
Row 23-26: (K1, P1) x 8, K1
Bind off in pattern

Weave in ends.




They're very plain so I decided since I'm on a needle felting kick to add a few little embellishments. Of course you don't have to do this especially if you're using hand painted yarn. Or you could do some embroidery or sew on a button or ribbon.





I ordered some lavender flowers from Mountain Rose Herbs and pulled some ribbon from my rather large ribbon collection.

I've put the lavender in some old pantyhose (about a teaspoon per pouch) and tied a knot to close it.




Then I put two squares together right sides facing out and seamed the bottom and both sides of squares to form a pouch (I used one of the ends to seam and tucked the other ends into the pouch).



Next I placed one of the lavender bundles into the pouch and wove the purple ribbon through the top to close it. This way when I have to change out the scented bundle I can just undo the ribbon to open the satchel.



Voila! Wee lavender satchels! I only have 3 and I need more! So I'm on the hunt for some more leftover bits of yarn (don't worry, I have tons) and some time, maybe a rainy fall day. This may be the perfect project to work on with a cup of tea...










2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the pattern. These are really sweet. Tanknit

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