tis the season….

relax sacks

to gift all the amazing teachers in your life.  i adore all of my children’s teachers and for all the things they do for them during most of their waking hours, i always like to do a little something for them during the holidays.

i’ve done the cookie/brownie mix jars, boxes of homemade cookies, candles, and handmade gifts from the children.  so this year, i decided to resurrect my sewing machine and create something fun and hopefully useful- hot/cold packs filled with lavender scented flaxseed and rice.  i call them RELAX SACKS.

materials needed:
sewing machinenatural fabric (exterior and lining)flaxseed and ricelavender essential oil, or any scent you like and find soothingmulti-surface craft paintsfavorite stamp, or to make your own: carve blocks and carving tools

i took a fun trip to the local quilt shop, intown quilters, and bought a stack of cute printed fat quarters.

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sacks were measured and cut to 4.5″ x 11″.  i used organic cotton as the top fabric and as the liner for each sack.  sew around 3 sides leaving an opening big enough for a funnel.   i carved a RELAX stamp out of a carve block and used craft paint to stamp onto each sack.


to scent the flaxseed and rice mix, i poured them into a large ziploc bag and dropped the essential oil, enough to lightly coat the grains.  organic flaxseed and rice can be purchased at most grocery stores and lavender essential oil can be purchased at any natural food store.  i used a small funnel and filled each back 2/3 up.

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oh, i forgot.  i ironed the sacks before filling them and this helped create a crisp seam at the opening.  this is helpful when you stitch the sack closed.

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top stitch the opening or if you’re good at sewing, hand stitch a hidden seam.  i used red thread for fun and top stitched all the openings.

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to wrap the sacks i reused brown shopping bags that i’ve collected and just sewed an enclosed pocket for each sack, with description and instructions included.

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hope they enjoy these!!!

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One response to “tis the season….

  1. Great project, and the packaging is wonderful!

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