On the eve of my fullest month of the year (Chanukah, two b-days, an anniversary, Solstice and Christmas!), I am wearing my intention on my "sleeve": my very own wearable reminder to breathe. I made it right before we headed down to New York City for a wonderfully busy and family-filled Thanksgiving weekend. It did its job. Beautifully. Knowing this, I'm offering today's tutorial as part of the holiday Simple Gift Series to make for others... But I'm also suggesting you make one for yourself as you journey into your own busy month. A reminder that the rushing around is all really about love and giving. These cuffs are simple and quick, which means you can make bunches and still breathe.
Wearable Reminder: Lavender Breathe CuffNeed:
little letter stamps
ink pad (versa craft is great for textiles)
scraps of light colored linen
light weight fabric cut into two rectangles measuring 7 x 2 1/2 inches
button or two
Before you get started, print a bunch of reminder words (breathe, be, slow, embrace, truth, etc.) onto little pieces of light colored linen. I used a ruler to keep it somewhat neat, but a little skewed letter or two adds to the hand stamped soul of it.
- Place your word in the center of one of your rectangles, and sew in place. There will be raw edges around the word. Pull a few threads to give it an intentionally frayed look.
- Place rectangles together right side to right side and sew up along the long sides. Turn to reveal a tube.
- Press with an iron. Create the center sachet by sewing up one side directly over one of the seams holding down your word. I used a decorative stitch. Fill with a teaspoon or two of lavender. You don't need a lot.
- Sew up the other side of the center sachet.
Finish it off by inserting a snip of an elastic hair tie on one end. Sew up each opening with a tight zigzag stitch. Add a button to the other side. An alternate version would include two elastic loops and two buttons. I found that after a weekend of wearing this one button cuff, the corners were turning. I decided to sew them down with a stitch or two (below right photo). Love it. Check out Etsy (under supplies) for lavender, stamps and ink pads... lots of options!
Enjoy yourself . Take it easy. Slow down. Breathe in. And out. Love fully. Find your peace.