Spring cleaning this year started with freshening up our wardrobes. Twice a year, when the cold or warm seasons change, I sort through our wardrobes, weeding out the kids' outgrown clothes (which get bagged away and passed on to their younger cousins) and storing away clothes from the season past to make room for this season’s wardrobe. And every time, it occurs to me that I really ought to make sachets with all the lavender I grow, harvest and dry in the summer. But when you're deep in five people's piles of clothes, sewing lavender sachets usually remains just a good idea that, year after year, doesn't materialize.
This year, however, it did. I was busy taking stuff out of the wardrobes when I came across a bag filled with various crochet and lace-work doilies made by both of my grandmothers, which my mom had given me, sure that I'd know what to do with them. And I did: I put them straight into my wardrobe, occasionally adding a doily I'd made myself. That’s where they remained until last week.
At which point, I stopped my spring cleaning, admired the doilies, then put a few of them to use, by whipping up some simple linen sachets: a quick job, because I didn’t have to worry about making my stitching perfect (wardrobes aren't too picky about appearances, after all).
The sachets I made were large and roomy, filled with lots of dried lavender for freshness and with several fresh laurel leaves as moth repellent. A follower on Instagram suggested that I also add lemon verbena leaves for extra fragrance, but my lemon verbena has only just begun putting out its spring leaves, and you can guess what happens if you put off making lavender sachets ...