These lavender sachets are made with the minimum of sewing, but still give the impression of traditional craftsmanship.
Approximate Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 2 yards of lace = 9 bags
2 yd 4 inch wide broderie anglais lace
2 yd narrow satin ribbon (scraps are nice because you can vary the colours)
white or cream sewing thread (depending on shade of lace)
dried lavender flowers or pot pourri (these can be obtained from eBay)
Take an 8 inch length of lace and fold it in half to make a 4 inch square.
Seam the two raw edges.
Turn the bag inside out.
Insert a teaspoonful of lavender.
Use narrow ribbon to bind the bag below the lace edge, and finish with a bow. It would be possible to fashion a loop from the ribbon to affix to a coat hanger, but you might want to draw up the bag with a running stitch before affixing the ribbon, in this case, to make sure that the bag contents would not end up on the floor if the ribbon was pulled in the process of moving coat hangers along the rail.
These fragrant and easy to make sachets can be hung in your closet, put in your drawer, or displayed in an area that needs a little scent to it. All of these items were recycled from other projects.
image or digital stamp
light box or dressmaker's carbon
fabric for backing
decorative trim for hanging
sewing machine or needle and thread
essential oils of your choosing
5 inches decorative trim for hanging
Take the image and copy it to the size you wish to make by adjusting the size on your printer drop down menu. Mine was 4" X 4".
We used the light box to copy the pattern onto the muslin fabric. You can also use dressmakers paper and copy it that way as well.
Next I cut the designs and left about half an inch on each side as well as top and bottom.
Next I cut the backing fabric bigger than the muslin piece with the image and sewed it with the back towards the machine. I added the hanging trim in the middle of the top to hang it by. (We call this top stitching.) Leave a small open space to put the cotton in.
Trim around the entire pattern with pinking shears.
Color your image to suit yourself with regular crayons.
Add fiberfill and your preference of essential oils to the cotton by dropping a few drops into the cotton.
Finish the open area with small back stitches.
Now you have a pretty sachet to hang in your closet or in an area you want to stay fresh. One could also can be used in your dresser to keep your clothes smelling nice.
Note: A darling idea for this project would be to use a zigzag stitch or any other cute stitch that wouldn't let the stuffing come out.
Sweetly scented of spring, these sachets filled with lavender and tied with a ribbon are lovely to slip into a drawer for freshly scented linen or lingerie.
Materials and Equipment:
a piece of patterned cotton, about 6 inches wide and 8 inches long
a piece of lacy edging, about 1 inch wide and 10 inches long
thread to match your fabric
a piece of pretty ribbon, about a foot long
dried lavender, a few scoops or enough to fill one sachet
Fold the longer edge over 1/2 an inch to create a seam allowance. Pin the piece of lacy edging along the inside of this folded edge, so that about 1/2 an inch of lace peeks up over the edge (see photo). Sew the material and lace tightly together.
Next fold the piece of material in half width-wise, with the pattern facing inward.
Pin together the lengths and the non-lace end of the material so that you have a bag with the top end (the end with the lace sewn onto it) open.
Sew the pinned edges together.
Turn the material inside out. You should have small bag with a lacy edge around the top opening.
Fill the bag with dried lavender until 2/3 full.
Tie the bag closed with the ribbon.
Place your sachet in a drawer and breathe in deeply next time you open it!
If you are like me, and I think you are, you like fresh smelling sheets and pillow cases and lingerie. I don't like to buy all of the expensive softeners and perfumes to make my linens smell good because they don't smell natural. It's almost always chemical.
Instead, I take all of the herbs from my garden (lavender, oregano, basil, thyme and other aromatics) that grow year round and then give them a little crush with a rolling pin. Then I stuff them into a large or medium zip bags. I poke holes in the bags and layer them in-between my folded sheets, towels, pillow cases and underwear.
The scent is fresh, invigorating and takes me back to summer. These bags can be good up to 6 months. You can even hang them in your closet. It smells so good!
You can fill them either totally with potpourri (either store bought or home made), or partially with pillow stuffing and potpourri. It helps if you can add a few drops of the scented oil to go along with the potpourri, to help the scent last longer.
We did this one year with an old family wedding gown that was shredding, and used the good parts of the satin and lace, giving one to each female family member.
In the spring, I cut large bunches of lilacs. I hang them in a walk-in closet upside down for drying. While they dry, I stitch small pouches (from scrap cloth) and add ribbons for hanging.
I put the dried lilacs in the pouches and give them to family for their closets. My closet has the fresh smell of lilacs for weeks. As far as cost there really is none as the cloth I use is scraps and the flowers grow all over my property.
*Note - If you do not grow lilacs ask a neighbor who does if you can harvest some of theirs.
Editor's Note: This would also work well with lavender.
Today I harvested my lavender and put together about a dozen pieces in each bunch and tied them together with a piece of string and hung them in my garage to dry well. I will then remove the little pieces and use them in small pieces of cloth that I will sew into little pillows. They smell really nice and make great "stocking stuffers".