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How To Create Charm Out Of An Unsalvageable Quilt – Tutorial on a Lavender Heart Sachet and Lapel Pin

How charming can you get with items made from unsalvageable quilts?  It may have been your great grandmother’s quilt.  It will be so adorable to have a piece of something your Great Grand made.  The sachet and pin have charm written all over them.

Of course, it may just be a vintage cutter quilt you purchased because you love the look.  That’s great too.

Let’s get right to it.  Grab your unsalvageable quilt.Sachet and Pin

Lavender Hanging Sachet Heart

Not only are sachets charming and smell unbelievable, you can place a lavender sachet beside your pillow as an aid to sleep.  Squeeze the sachet from time to time to help release the fragrant aroma.  Place it in your car or school locker.  You can place it in a decorative bowl as part of the living room decor and send the scrumptious smell throughout the living room.  You can take advantage of the potent natural insect repellant properties of lavender.  Lavender is a wonderfully fragrant alternative to mothballs in linen and clothes drawers. 

  • 10” x 10” section of unsalvageable quilt
  • Thread, color to coordinate with vintage cutter quilt
  • A heart template, I used a cookie cutter in the shape of a heart and adjusted it to my taste.
  • Dried loose Lavender
  • 24 inches of 1/4” ribbon, your preference
  • Fiber fill, 2 oz
  • An 8-1/2 x 11 sheet of paper, for making a cone
  • Tape
  • Pinking Shears, I have a rotary cutter that will do the job.
  • Basic sewing supplies
    Sewing Machine
  • Pin the heart template onto the quilt, leaving room for cutting four hearts.Pin heart to quilt
  • With scissors, cut four hearts.  Remove pins and template.

For each heart:

  • Cut the ribbon to approximately 8”.Cut Quilt Hearts
  • Place the quilt hearts together with right sides facing out.
  • Loop the ribbon and insert 1” of edge between the two hearts, at the valley of the heart.Pin ribbon
  • Pin the two sides of the hearts, assuring the ribbon is pinned.
  • Sew an outline around the heart, 1/2” in from the edge leaving about 1-1/2” open.Sew Heart
  • Create a cone by rolling up the sheet of paper and tape to secure.  Use this funnel for the lavender.Funnel for lavender
  • Stuff the hearts with a mix of poly-fill and lavender, alternative between the two.  The amount of lavender is to personal taste.  Fill until you are satisfied with the shape and firmness.
  • Pin open edges together.Pin Heart
  • Sew the opening closed.  Trim thread.
  • Use pinking shears to trim the raw edges giving the heart a decorative edge.Lavender Hanging Sachet Quilt Heart
  • Massage the fill a little to evenly distribute throughout.

YOU’RE FINISHED.  How charming is that?  

Lapel Pin

We are going to make a lapel pin but you can create many other items such as keychain  charms, earrings, necklace pendents, zipper toggles, etc. 

  • 3” x 3” section of unsalvageable quilt, you can use scraps
  • Silicone Mold
  • Resin, I used Amazing Clear Coat.Resin
  • 2 Pin Backs
  • Jewelry Glue
  • Basic sewing supplies
  •    Scissors
  •    Pins
  • Cut two pieces of the quilt that match the silicone mold you will be using.  I am using an oval and rectangle.  You should be able to eyeball the size as you cut.

For each pin:

  1. Place the quilt piece in the mold.  Push so it sits at the bottom.Silicone Mold
  2. Follow instructions for the use of resin.  Pour resin in the mold.  Be careful not to overflow the mold.Resin
  3. Again follow instructions for curing the resin.  The product I used asks for a 48 hour cure time.
  4. Pull the piece out of the silicone mold.
  5. Place jewelry glue on the back of the pin and place pin on the back of the resin quilt.  Allow to dry/cure.Jewelery Glue

YOU’RE FINISHED.  Adorable! Lapel Pin

You can make adjustments to both of these tutorials and make items that are more customized to the person it is for.  For example, the heart can be a flower instead or the pin can be earrings as I mentioned before.  It was fun to put these together, it didn’t take much time and doesn’t require any special skills.

For more ideas, check out “How to Frame Vintage Quilts in 3 Different Ways” and “How to make a pillow sham out of a Vintage Cutter .

Enjoy the process.  Share what you have made. 

Snuggle Up,


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