Make lovely lavender bags using Laura Ashley Fabric

After being inspired by the new Laura Ashley collection I designed some lavender bags using the lovely new fabrics. They have a loop on the top so you can hang them over a coat hanger or you can just slide them between layers of clothes. They have an envelope back so you can replace the lavender sachet when it gets stale.

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You will need

For the front 1 piece of fabric 15cm x 15cm

For the back 2 pieces of fabric 15cm x 11cm

For the tab 1 piece of fabric 14cm x 3cm

2 pieces of muslin 14cm x 14cm

Dress-makers pins

Scissors

Sewing machine and thread

Tracing or greaseproof paper pencil and ruler to make a pattern

Steam Iron

Dry Lavender

Sewing Needle

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Instructions

1.Make a pattern on tracing or grease-proof paper. Place it over an interesting part of the fabric choosing the part of the pattern you like. Pin in place and then cut one front piece, two back pieces and one tab piece.

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2.Neaten one 15cm edge on both back pieces, turn over 0.5cm and 0.5cm again and press. Pin and sew with a running stitch.

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3. Make the tab by turning the long sides in by 0.5cm on both sides. Press flat and fold in half so all the raw edges are caught inside. Pin and sew with a running stitch.

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4. Fold the tab in half lengthways. With right side facing out, pin the loop facing downwards on the top edge of the front fabric square. Sew in place with a running stitch.

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5. With right sides facing and neatened edge towards the middle, pin one of the back pieces to the front piece, covering the loop just made. Sew with a running stitch.

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6. With right sides facing, pin the second back piece with its neatened edge in the centre, so that it overlaps the top piece in the middle, to the lower half of the front piece. Sew with a running stitch

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7. With right sides facing, pin the second back piece with its neatened edge in the centre, so that it overlaps the top piece in the middle, to the lower half of the front piece. Sew with a running stitch.

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8. Cut two pieces of muslin. Sew three and half sides with a running stitch.

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9. Fill the Muslin with lavender. Close the opening with a hemming stitch. Insert the muslin bag into the outer bag.

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