Handmade Gifts – Christmas Potpourri Good Smelling Bits
Handmade gifts are a great way for your child to show how much he cares for the special people in his life. Making a great smelling Christmas potpourri and putting it in a handmade linen sack is a gift that will take awhile, but the process can be broken down into manageable sections done over a period of time. This is a good learning tool for your child to learn patience, and also to see how all the different parts will come together to make a lovely Christmas potpourri bag.
That’s What you Need:
- Two oranges
- Two lemons
- One fourth cup whole cloves
- One fourth cup whole allspice
- 5 cinnamon sticks, broken
- 5 bay leaves, broken
- Peel the oranges and lemons with a vegetable peeler, making sure to just get the peel, not the white, or pith underneath. Wrap up the fruit and refrigerate it to use for something else. Tear the peels into pieces, about one inch big.
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees Fahrenheit. Cover a sheet pan with paper towels and spread the peels on the pan. Put the peels in the oven for one and a half hours, turning the peels occasionally. After drying in the oven, peels should be crunchy and leathery. Spread peels out on paper towels and let air dry for 24 hours.
- Put peels in a bowl and mix with cloves, allspice, cinnamon and bay leaves. Cover the bowl and set aside until you make the bags.
That’s What you Will Need to Make the Bags:
- Linen fabric
- Measuring tape
- Straight pins
- Sewing machine threaded with matching thread or a needle and thread
- Velvet ribbon in a contrasting color to close the bag.
Instruction for The Bags:
- Cut the linen fabric into two rectangles, each measuring six inches by four inches. Fold the top seam over about a quarter inch on one short side of each rectangle, and a second fold of a quarter inch and pin down. Sew a seam along the folded edge.
- Place your rectangles with right sides facing each other and sew a seam along the three sides that you have not sewn yet, about a quarter inch wide on all sides. When all sewn, turn the bags right side out. Fill the bags with the Christmas potpourri you made, about two thirds of the way full.
- Gather the top of the bag and tie it with the velvet ribbon into a bow.
You can personalize the sachet by using embroidery thread to sew the initials of the person you are giving it to on the bag before you have sewn up the sides. Be sure to use a pretty embroidery thread in a nice Christmas color that goes with the velvet ribbon. You can also make the bag in a Christmas fabric instead of the linen, again using a pretty velvet in a contrasting color. Another variation is to attach a tiny pine cone to each of the ends of the ribbon with glue, so they hang from the bow.