Sunday, January 4, 2009

Today I am a year older! Heart Sachets and Mini Kleenex Holders

Today I am celebrating my 49th birthday! We had a nice dinner last night with my parents, my husband and youngest daughter Haley. My husband grilled delicious sausage, ribs, and tamales. I cooked beans and cornbread and my mom baked a fabulous pineapple upside down cake. Everything was great!
I have been rather busy working on some of my craft projects and running around trying to find antiques. I went to Canton on Thursday with my Aunt, my cousin, and her little boy and my friend Judy. This was my Aunt's first time to Canton and I think she may be hooked! We had a blast shopping and visiting. She has a precious grandson Austin and he was the sweetest most well-mannered guy ever. My friend Judy joined us later that evening on Thursday and we ended the day with a good meal at Mercado's in Tyler. We got up bright and early on Friday and shopped all day and then headed home. I found a few nice pieces for my antique booths and Haley and I unloaded everything on Saturday.

I have been sewing with my new machine in between all the running around. I made several "mini Kleenex holders" for my antique booths and heart sachets. I am including pictures of the ones I made and instructions for making them if you would like to make them. They are easy to make and they make cute gifts for Valentines Day!
Tissue Holder:
You need 1/4 yard of fabric. I use two colors so that the inside is a different color than the outside. Cut 2 pieces of fabric 7 3/4 inches x 5 1/2 inches. Put wrong sides together and sew across the top of the short sides. Turn the fabric right sides out and press. Take the sewn ends and fold them to the middle so that they touch. Now sew each end and turn inside out and you have your Kleenex holder for your purse! All seams are 1/4 inch. These are fast and simple to make. You can embellish if you like or even monogram them. Let me know how yours turn out!

Heart Sachets:
Cut a heart pattern by folding a piece of paper in half and drawing the heart (whatever size you like) and then cut out the heart using paper scissors. Use two pieces of scrap material for your heart sachet. I use a different fabric for the front and back pieces but you can use the same two fabrics if you like. Sew right sides together, leaving a opening on the long side of the heart. This is where you will slip stitch the hole back and it's easier to slip stitch when it's fairly a straight seam. I stuffed my hearts with potpourri and rice. You can use poly fill or beads to stuff with but this is what I had on hand at the time. I am also going to use lilac seeds for my next sachets. After you fill them with the rice and potpourri, slip stitch the opening and then add your embellishments. I added ribbon, rosettes, buttons, and whatever I had in my stash. You can hot glue them or hand sew the embellishments. I also added a ribbon to some of mine to hang on the coat hanger or in a closet. These are great for the car too! Good luck and I would love to see some of your creations!


  1. Nancy, Thanks for the instructions! First time visiting your blog! Love it! We have so much in common... same age, we own a lumberyard, I love crafting, kids same age!

  2. These are so PRECIOUS Nancy!!! I need to make a few of these goodies....xxoo, Dawn

  3. Just came from Dawn's blog (the feathered nest).
    You said something about a giveaway soon. I'll check back.
    Like your heart, and the little kleenex holders.


  4. Very cute mom!


  5. Great blog! Happy Belated Birthday!