More Gifts from the Gardencomments (0) December 8th, 2010
Herbal Potpourri Ornament
You can use any fabric that you like, however felt is sturdy and makes an attractive-looking ornament. Draw your shape onto the felt and then cut out two sides to sew together. Use a simple shape, without a lot of corners or points--like a heart, diamond, circle, etc.--be imaginative and creative.
The potpourri filling can be made from any herbs and flowers that you like. In our recent class, we used a blend of four herbs--equal parts of each: lavender, rose petals, chamomile and spearmint. It had a lovely floral aroma and the mint brightened the flowers. Mix any herbs that you like; don't mix to many herbs or the scent will be muddy.
Using a blanket stitch secures the edges of the ornaments, so the herbs can't seep out. Once you get the edges sewn together, leave about 2-inches open so and fill with the potpourri, squeezing gently to fill all the corners and evenly spread out the potpourri. Finish sewing the ornament closed.
You can glue or sew ribbons or sequins on for decoration. Sew a ribbon loop onto the top of the ornament so that it can be hung easily. I have one hanging in my car, some in my dresser drawers and a number of different shapes for the tree.
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