Quick and easy lavender pouch!

Step 1: Gather all your supplies:
fabric – ribbon – dried lavender – sewing machine – thread

Step 2: Cut your little pouch out of chosen fabric (size or shape is up to you, I used a piece of cloth from 6″ by 3″)

Step 3: Put face sides of fabric together and place your ribbon at desired location.
Sew around the edges and make sure you leave a spot open (approx 1-2″) so you can fill the pouch.

Step 4: Flip the pouch right sides out and fill with desired amount of lavender and sew the opening close (by hand or with your sewing machine).

collage blog lavender sack 1

Have fun!!


Peggy - June 23, 2017 - 9:14 pm

This is a great first project for a beginner sewist.
It could also be a pillow and pillowcase for your Bamboletta doll.
My students love to make the pillowcases for their dolls out of cute flannel. I use a little vanilla extract in some of the batting instead of lavender as it is more gentle on their nose buds:)

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Crossed a few things off my bucket list ..

I’ve always wanted to attend a yoga retreat, it’s always seemed like a dreamy thing to do. Last month I felt like I needed a break so I found a retreat close by on Salt Spring Island and booked it. I was a bit intimidated as it’s been years and years since I’ve had any sort of regular yoga practice and my body is not as limber as it used to be! Too many hours sitting on a couch sewing has tightened me up a lot. I imagined all these limber yoga people and then me – I can’t even touch my toes! I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived to be in the company of such diverse women from all backgrounds. It was awesome. So for two days I did yoga, I meditated, rested, ate organic vegetarian food and walked around an incredible piece of land. The retreat was held on an organic farm – the beauty of the land was breath taking. Another bonus to this weekend is that I got to sleep in a yurt. I sort of joke around about yurts and hippies with the gals in the shop but I secretly love them. It’s like a teepee hut sort of thing. The first night I was there it rained down heavily and the sound of the rain on the roof of that thing was magic – my cozy little hut was snug as can be. So retreat and yurt – that’s two things off my bucket list! I will totally go to again – this was such a recharge for me. It’s almost impossible for me to get away for more than a few days and doing something like this is perfect. Such a luxury to do something just for me – I’m feeling super blessed and grateful!



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Staff Pick!!!

Hello Sweet Friends and Happiest of Fridays!!

It’s our weekly feature ‘Staff Pick’ again and our resident cutie-pie, Brandi, has the lucky pick! She chose Blossom, the sweet-faced natural girl with soft spiral wool yarns.


Hair styled by: Brandi

Clothing by: Thamar

Likes: Bacon-wrapped dates

Dislikes: Sewing without a thimble

Why Brandi chose her: “I chose her because of her sweet, classic look”

Our upload is scheduled for today (Friday) at noon PDT on our website…see you there!


Brandi and Brooke



Cynthia Boriack - October 11, 2013 - 10:56 am

Such an adorable little one.

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My messy basket


This is my floss basket. For you who may not know what the heck I’m talking about, floss is the type of string/thread stuff I use to embroider on all the doll faces. I can’t really remember my life without my friend floss – my first recollection with it was at age 8 or so cross stitching Precious Moments patterns. I loved cross stitching.

Well, as you can see it looks like a total disaster basket but there’s kind of a cool sort of magic that happens with this basket of mine. I spend three days, sitting on a comfy chair in a room with Brandi, Rachel, Brooke and Shauna and sew the faces on. Lots of laughs, tea, and discussions on solving the woes of the world (or a latest break up) happen in these three days making for my favourite time. And then, to see the dolls slowly coming to life – it’s pretty magical and makes for amazing days. I get asked ‘don’t you get tired of doing all those faces?’ and , truthfully, the answer is no. All those elements come together to create something pretty special, something you never get tired of. It’s unique every week just like the dolls. The basket is the icing on the cake – I will first look at the doll and then just ‘know’ what eye colour it should have. I sort of rummage through the basket and the perfect floss just pops right out. The best is when it’s already cut to the length I need. Bonus!

So, another little bit into how a Bamboletta is made. I want to document more of these bits – there are so many that I could write about. I always think no one would be interested but , heck, I like to write about it, I hope you’ll find it interesting too 🙂


Barbara Houck - October 30, 2013 - 11:17 pm

What’s the wee little fox pillow for? Love it! And seeing all of those colors of floss makes me want to see how many of them I can find among our Bambo family here! <3

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Funny things I find on my hard drives …


I have thousands and thousands of doll pictures. I’m fortunate enough that even though I destroyed two MacBooks via tea spillages that the hard drives were recovered. So, when going through the pics I find dolls like this guy. I think he’s 2006? And was for a religious organization of some kind as his black body also has a little white collar. The body was made with black fabrics and then his hands and feet were sewn in with doll skin fabric – so it’s a permanent suit. Where, oh where, did this doll go? Makiko likes to call him the hipster Bamboletta – lol.


PS this is my attempt to blog more. I just installed and figured out an app for my phone for blogging. This is a big deal for me because for me to sit down with my laptop and blog sometimes feels overwhelming and I don’t know what to write. Inspiration and little things hit me all the time on what I’d like to write about so this app is great!

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