Making Scented Sachets

December 11, 2014

Easy Lavender SachetsThese lavender sachets are made with the minimum of sewing, but still give the impression of traditional craftsmanship.


Total 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)


  1. Take an 8 inch length of lace and fold it in half to make a 4 inch square.
  2. Seam the two raw edges.
  3. Turn the bag inside out.
  4. Insert a teaspoonful of lavender.
  5. 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.
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February 8, 2011

Whether you make one for a linen drawer or to hang in her car it is sure to please. The big decision will be how many to make for yourself.

A potpourri filled scented doily

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January 27, 2017

I make my own sachets. They don't last for months like the old timey ones did. I'll settle for a few weeks. I buy tiny plastic bags from Walmart. I use them for storing seed.


I saturate the tips of a couple of swabs with my earthy Aqua Velva and put them into the bags, making sure they're sealed well.

Aftershave and cotton swabs for making sachets.

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December 16, 2009

These sweet scented ornaments are great for decorating the tree or for giving as gifts. They are also great bazaar sellers.

A sachet designed to look like a wrapped gift.

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June 29, 2011

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.

square sachet with blue pansey type flowers inside an orange circle

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November 3, 2009

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.

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February 22, 2001

I recommend growing lavender, mint, thyme, rosemary, and other herbs. When you harvest, cut extra to give to friend or make your own sachets or potpourri.

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Christine Weber
May 4, 2006

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.

A sachet for holding lavender.

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February 22, 2017

I love the magazines with perfume samples. I make little sachets out of them by transferring the lovely scent onto small squares of tissue. I then put those scented squares into a crocheted bag.


After scrunching the sachet, it smells so nice. I like keeping the samples of perfumes for as long as possible ;)

Sachets made from magazine perfume samples.

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May 7, 2007

This is a simple sewing project that is great for gifts, and many can be made in under an hour. I made these as gifts for Valentines Day, and I am still getting compliments. It's a nice way to start the day with rose scented clothes! Enjoy!

Potpourri Sachet

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July 5, 2006

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.

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October 18, 2004

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.

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September 14, 2011

I would love to make some sachets for gifts, but do not know what to fill them with. Can anyone help?

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September 15, 20110 found this helpful

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.

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May 7, 2021

Just a little pretty gift to give a female friend

Two completed sachets with decorative flowers.

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February 7, 2020

You can make drawer sachets by placing a tablespoon or so of your favorite dry laundry powder in a coffee filter and using a twist tie to keep it closed. Place in your dresser drawers for lightly scented clothing.

Laundry Detergent Drawer Sachets - drawer sachet made with powdered detergent inside a coffee filter

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