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Heart sachets

With the last piece of the house-buying puzzle in place (finally I was told the heart-fluttering amount I needed to bring in the form of a check on Monday), I wanted to make something to decorate my new home - and make it smell good. During some blog hopping, I got an idea for stuffed heart sachets with crocheted hangers for a doorknob. So I took some fabric I already had and made up two. I'll probably make more soon.

These only take about an hour or less apiece, and they're very simple and use simple materials you probably already have around.

If you don't have a collection of fabric from a fabric store, you can still make one. Fabric is everywhere! Cut up that shirt you can't wear anymore with a favorite pattern, find a shirt at a secondhand store for cheap, cut an old sheet or pillowcase or use a thin tea towel that just doesn't do the job anymore.

Just follow a few simple steps.
1. Iron your fabric, then cut a template for the heart. I used a file folder and drew a half heart at the edge where the folder, well, folds. Make the template as large or as small as you like.
2. Fold your fabric in half, right sides together, lay the template on it, and draw around the template to make your heart outline. Cut out the heart, making sure you go through both layers of fabric and so have two hearts.
3. Thread your needle and begin sewing about an eighth of an inch from the edge of the fabric, starting at the top of the heart between the lobes. Sew all the way around the heart until you get about an inch and a half from the start point.
4. Turn the heart right side out and get your hanging loop and stuffing ready. Make the loop so that you have a thick knot at the base of the loop. Tie twice if needed. I used a length of cotton yarn and chain crochet stitched, ended the chain and made a knot.
5. Use polyfil stuffing, dried lavender or other herbs or extra fabric to stuff the heart as much as you can. (I used the fluffy white lint from my new thick towels and potpourri that'd been in my bathroom cupboard - how's that for recycling?)
6. Place your loop at the top of the heart so that the knot is inside, between the two lobes. Pinch the fabric closed around it, thread your needle again and secure the loop with stitches as close as you can sew to the now-hidden knot.
7. Sew around the second lobe to close the heart. This was the trickiest part for me, but trust me, it's worth the fiddliness.

Yay, you're done! You can sew on a matching button or leave it plain. Hang the heart wherever you need a bit of a fresh scent or cheerful decoration.