May 2, 2013

Drawstring Herb Bags

Spring days are here! Finally! The Magnolia trees are blooming. I am wearing short sleeves enjoying every given moment to bask in the warm sun. There are also long walks by the lake, spinach and asparagus at the farmer markets, Sunday breakfasts on the patio of the favorite Kensington Market bistro, fresh salads and homemade lemonades, planted seeds, dusted off cabinets, clothes drying outside, open window nights...
While I was looking for more spring colours and ideas at my favorite magazines, I came across Sarah Moor's wonderful article how to give every household item a spring makeover, especially, the idea to turn your favorite vintage fabrics into simple drawstring bags to store spices, herbs, sugar - whatever you decide. You know the "i-can-do-that" feeling that comes spontaneously, stimulates your emotions, overtakes your mind and doesn't leave you until you prove yourself right... Yes, it's called "inspiration" and I love when I am in spirit and have to hold myself back from starting right now. As Sarah proposed, I got out my fabrics, threads and my sewing machine which hasn't been used for months, and by following (not precisely, though) this tutorial, I made one bag, then one more, then one more... I used ribbons and scrap fabrics to decorate the pouches. After washing the bags, I poured my favorite herbs for tea in, attached labels on each bag and displayed them on the cupboard shelf. Neat! 
It turned out that drawstring bags are easy to make and fun to sew, not to mention handy to have around. I also think these charming handmade drawstring bags filled with chamomile, peppermint, fennel seeds and nettle can turn into a great gift for the upcoming Mother's Day celebration, don't you think?!   

It amazes me how the simplest and ordinary things can inspire you to create, to tune into your spirit, to feel fulfilment... It feels good...
Yes, I am that nerdy girl who's cute colourful drawstring bags make her joyous...

                                                                                             What lights you up these days?

                                                                                                   Happy May to all of you!

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  1. I love this sweet and simple project!

  2. Oh, these little bags are just adorable! They look so pretty in your cupboard too. What a sweet idea.

  3. just so sweet. I love all the precious different fabrics and florals. and that cabinet...adorable!!

  4. Hermoso trabajo, me encantan!

  5. Cute drawstring bags make me feel joyous too! Yours turned out beautiful.

  6. I love these, they are adorable!

  7. These are absolutely adorable and I LOVE your photos! Thanks for linking up!

  8. These are so charming! Happy May~

  9. BEAUTIFUL photos and I guess we are all nerdy! The little sachets are perfect for gift bags and just lovely touches anywhere!
    Signs of Spring are everywhere! N.xo

  10. I think these are probably the prettiest bags I have ever seen... I just love them! Love the idea of using them as gifts too. This makes me want to drag out my sewing machine... soon! :-) P.S. Loved reading your feature in Artful Blogging!

  11. These are so sweet! I love the way they look in your cupboard...
    beautiful photos! Corinne

  12. Aren't these so darling my friend? And how you capture the light and beauty of each one, is equally as delightful! You should see the sweet ones I have from Irina; she adds her sparkle of love to them and I love to keep them tucked away.

    So good to hear that your magnolias are blooming; so are ours! But we are getting snow at this very moment!!!!!!! Love to you, Anita

  13. Good morning beautiful! YES, can you believe the snow? But we will triumph! I hear that next week, 70+ weather will be ours again! And yes, I am very excited that you are on this TRAIN with us!! Happy day! Anita

  14. These bags are so darling. I am inspired by these and have some ideas spinning around in my mind.
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  15. Just beautiful, images and bags both! I'm planning to make a pouch for my iphone, sewing lights me up too :)

  16. Dearest Sylvia, I am catching up here....and these are so enchanting and sweet! So you can call me nerdy too, because I love them! :))
    I am very happy that you are having beautiful weather...we are hopeful...snowed again today, but I think it's the last of it...
    (I hope!)...
    Sending love to you,
    - Irina

  17. Oh girl, they are wonderful! What an eye you have for simple beauty!

    Blessings to you, Amy

  18. They are so pretty. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home.

    What a wonderful idea??!!!!!
    I would love to own one for my beloved camomile:)))
    Your entire blog, its truly the most wonderful blog I have ever founded!!
    Just about to start my journey into your gorgeous far I am loving everything I have seen.
    You are the Greatst inspiration ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am quite new blogger myself:))
    Warmest wishes from London:)))

    1. Thank you very much! It's very kind of you! Enjoy your new blogging experience!


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