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Vintage Embroidery Monday – Butterfly, Bell and Flowers

While we were in Florida last winter, a new friend I’d met there was going through a tough time and finally ended up in the hospital diagnosed with kidney stones.   I made her this little embroidered sachet to let her know that we were thinking about her.   I have allergies so wasn’t able to add lavender or other scent but when I gave it to her, I mentioned she could add a couple of drops of her favourite essential oil/scent to it.

It wasn’t until I gave it to her that she told me that she collects antique linens.  I was so pleased that I could add something new made from a vintage pattern to her collection.

This little sachet could also be used as a pincushion.

Purple Butterfly Embroidered Sachet

For the edging, I blanket stitched evenly around the outside of the sachet after it had been sewn together.  Then I did one row of single crochet into each stitch, followed by a row of ch 3, skip one sc, sc in next sc, repeated all the way around.

The back is embroidered too.

Back of Purple Butterly Embroidered Sachet

The pattern for the butterfly is on this week’s pattern sheet but the pattern for the back is from a pattern sheet I’ll be posting next week.  I’ll link back to this post when that pattern goes live.

Workbasket Pattern Page 85 Small motifs

This pattern is available for download as a pdf here.



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  • Vickie Horsfall
    September 9, 2013 8:58 am

    What a thoughtful gift you have made for your friend. I love butterflies, and the blue and lavendar colors are perfect! I hope your friend is doing better.
    Thanks for sharing this pretty gift. ~ Vickie

  • Linda
    September 9, 2013 9:12 am

    Love the sachet, nice gift to uplift a person!! Thanks for sharing the pattern, looking forward to using it in CQ!!

  • wendy
    September 17, 2013 8:36 am

    how pretty and what a lovely thing to do for a friend in need.

  • Christine B.
    April 27, 2015 10:13 am

    Hello Sue! What a fabulous gift and a beautiful design! 🙂 x

  • sheryl
    April 27, 2015 1:24 pm

    What a gorgeous colour, very pretty work.

  • Kim McCool
    April 27, 2015 2:55 pm

    This is so sweet – and what a lovely gift for a friend. I’ve got a boatload of vintage/antique handkerchiefs….maybe I’ll get them out and design something.

  • Susan
    April 27, 2015 9:34 pm

    I’m so glad you linked this one! I need to make a pincushion and this will be perfect. I love the way you did the edging, too. I can do that!

  • Lynne aka Elfie
    April 28, 2015 8:13 am

    Beautiful work, and lovely pics. I have a very soft spot for butterflies, and yours is a lovely one.

  • Sandy R.
    April 28, 2015 11:17 am

    Such a neat little gift for your friend. A person should just keep some of these little pieces made up to give to special friends..they would so appreciate it..thanks for sharing the patterns that you post..

  • Renee
    May 4, 2015 5:06 pm

    Your little sachet turned out fabulous! I love the way you finished the edges off. What a sweet gift for your friend. (I love the scent of lavender, but my allergies make me avoid it too.)

  • Mdm Samm
    July 31, 2015 10:43 am

    ahhh those edgings… so pretty indeed

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