Traditionally, at the beginning of a new year we get busy re-organising our homes after putting away all the seasonal decorations.
Once I’ve completed my big post-Christmas clean, I take some time to add all the pretties back into my decor; like new candles, pillow covers, flowers…. and lavender sachets.
It’s the small things that can add charm to a home and although pretty lavender sachets are not often out on show, they are always appreciated by guests when they are tucked into a bedroom drawer or bathroom cabinet.
Today I’m sharing two free vintage printables and a tutorial on how to print on fabric at home.
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These vintage lavender sachets measure 9 cm x 12 cm and are printed on white cotton fabric.
The printable on the left is available to download here on Shabby Art Boutique and the rose and bird printable on the right is a freebie for Newsletter subscribers. If you are not a newsletter subscriber, you can join HERE.
Printing on Fabric
This is a technique that is not for everyone! I’m sure it is not recommended by printer manufacturers that you run fabric through your printer, but having said that, I’ve been doing it for years and my printers have stood up to it okay. It is however, one of those techniques that has varying results and I usually have at least one dud piece each time I use this technique.
To print on fabric you will need Reynolds Freezer paper. This is a plastic coated paper that has a multitude of uses… and a great addition for the craft room.
How to use Reynolds Freezer Paper
The freezer paper has both a glossy side and a paper side.
As my printables are A4 in size, we will need a piece of freezer paper that is slightly larger than A4. I use a pen to trace around an A4 sheet of paper on the paper side of the Reynolds Freezer Paper.
You can then cut out this piece of freezer paper, allowing an extra centimetre around the outline.
Place the freezer paper glossy side down on the white fabric and secure to the fabric by ironing with a hot iron set to NO steam.
Trim the paper backed fabric to the A4 outline and ensure that there are no stray threads that could get caught in your printer. An extra step I take to ensure that the paper and fabric don’t separate in the printer, is to add a piece of cello tap across the entire width of the top of the page, with half the tape on the paper and the other half secured to the fabric.
Printing the Design
1. Download the vintage lavender sachets HERE and save to your own computer.
2. Insert the paper backed fabric into the paper feed of your printer and print the A4 printable page using the ‘best’ print option.
3. The Reynolds Freezer paper will easily peel off the back of the fabric. Sometimes I can reuse the same piece of freezer paper several times. Iron fabric with hot iron.
Assembling the Lavender Sachets
1. Cut out the four vintage panels, leaving about 5 mm of white fabric around the perimeter.
2. Cut another piece of fabric the same size (10 cm x 13 cm) to be the back side of the lavender sachet. I used plain white fabric, but you could use a coordinating piece of pretty patchwork fabric.
3. Place the fabrics with right sides facing and sew around the sachet, leaving an opening on one side for turning.
4. Clip the corners and turn the sachet right side out. Press with a hot iron. Fill with lavender and slip stitch the opening closed.
These lavender sachets are quick and easy to make…. I made 8 in about 90 minutes.
They also make a lovely ‘token’ gift for friends and family!!
Don’t forget, the girls with flowers panel can be downloaded HERE and the bird and rose sachet panel is a free download for my newsletter subscribers.
I hope you enjoy making the lavender sachets as much as I did.
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