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Lavender Scented Pincushions

I love the scent of lavender.  I have planted lavender plants on either side of my porch just so I can be welcomed home to it’s relaxing scent.  I harvest it during the summer so I can use it in my homemade soap.  In fact my lavender sage soap is one of my best sellers. 

 I recently had an a ha moment.  Since I love lavender.  Why not bring it into my sewing room?  I do use the lavender scented Best Press.  It makes ironing almost fun.  My bits bin is overflowing at the moment.  (When is it not overflow?)   I know they make scented rice heating bags.  Why not make some scented pincushions.  Bring a little more lavender in my life and use up a few bits from my scrap bin.  Win!  Win!

I measured out 6 cuts of crushed walnuts.  Added 15 drops of lavender essential oil. Took a bunch of last summer’s harvested lavender and removed the heads.  Then stirred everything up.

 While the essential oil saturated the walnut shells, I dove into my bits bin and made a bunch of simple blocks; stars, coins, flying geese, and churn dashes. Cut matching backs from my scrap bins.

 Sewed around them leaving a small opening so I could feel them with the heavenly smelling walnut shells.

Next I turned them right side out and filled each one up. Then I sewed up the little opening. Now I have a pretty basket of sweet smelling pincushions.  Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm!  I’m in heaven! Just so everyone is clear.  I’m keeping the blog going,  I’m just not going to keep the link up.  This will be the last one.  Link up and let us see what you’re moving forward.  In the future join my Facebook group to share your projects.  Thanks!


  • Nann says:

    We were on vacation so I missed your post about the last Moving It Forward. Thanks so much for hosting the link up! I will check out your new FB group because I, too, love scrappy quilts.

  • Karen - Quilts...etc. says:

    I will link when it is working it says in 8 hours

  • Katie says:

    This is such a clever idea. My mom is coming to sew with me in a few days and I was going to visit my bits bins and make some little pincushions…perhaps I need to journey out for some lavender oil, too?!

  • em's scrapbag says:

    Sorry about that. I don't know what I did wrong. It's open now.

  • Karen - Quilts...etc. says:

    sorry to see you are going to stop the link up on Monday's it has been fun to participate. Good luck on your facebook group, I don't use it all that much other than keeping up with family – I have too many other things to do than to join groups on facebook – it is too much stuff to scroll through and always someone disagrees with someone else or other kinds of nasty comments and it ends up that I drop out so I no longer join facebook groups – but good luck with it

  • Frédérique says:

    Cute little lavender bags! I can smell it from here ;))

  • Bonnie says:

    Thanks for hosting this link up for so long. I think folks aren't as involved with blogging as they used to be. But I still blog once a week and try to talk myself into blogging more often. Haven't succeeded on the more often yet but one of these days I will! Happy scrappy quilting!

  • Connie says:

    These are wonderful little pincushions . . . they might be sweet tucked into an undie drawer, too. My grandmother used to put rose petals in her undie drawer 🙂

  • For the love of geese says:

    You know, I've tried and tried to grow lavender with no success. Until my thumb turns green I will have to continue to use only lavender EO in soap. Since you make your own this wont sound too funny to you. I've been collecting the little containers store bought cookies come in to try as a mold. Fingers crossed they survive at least one batch. Love the idea of walnut hulls and EO for pincushions.

  • Andree G. Faubert says:

    What a great idea for pin cushions. Thanks for hosting your linking party. It will be missed!

  • Karen's Korner says:

    Your sewing room must smell divine. Sorry that you are moving to FB.

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