The August 1915 Needlework Magazine advises its readers that the lavender sachet is “just the thing to put among the baby clothes. And they are not at all difficult to make.” I can just imagine my grandmother (Laura Viola in my fictional account, Annie Laura’s Triumph) reading these words, and busily creating three or four of the little sachets to place among the baby clothes she lovingly embroidered for my uncles, aunts and mother. Visit me at milindajay.com to learn more about my grandmother’s story.
Lavender has a history of being conducive to sleep. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, “research has confirmed that lavender produces slight calming, soothing and sedative effects when its scent is inhaled.” Housewives in the early 1900s also used rosemary or other sweet smelling herbs to place in a little bag inside of their hand embroidered sachets.
The sachet pictured above has an envelope pillow opening in the back so that when the herb loses its scent, a new bag with fresh herbs can be placed inside. You can embroider this version pictured in one hooping on your embroidery machine, and have it under your pillow tonight. For complete instructions and the .jef or .pes download, click here. The sachet measures a little over four inches deep and wide so that it can be embroidered in the small hoops.
I’ll be posting more versions of sachets in the next few days. I’m working on digitized versions of the original Needlework Magazine Volume 17, 1915 versions.
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