How to Make Lavender Sachets in 2 Different Ways

How to Make Lavender Sachets in 2 Different Ways

The smell of lavender sachets probably brings back childhood memories for many of us. Placing them into our wardrobes to prevent moths attacks is a household tip that has been handed down from one generation to the next one and still is a common trick nowadays.

2 versions of lavender sachets: little squares and little bags
2 versions of lavender sachets: little squares and little bags

If you, like me, realise that the little sachets are missing in your wardrobe, why don’t you make them on your own instead of buying some? It’s a super easy sewing project which allows you to use up some of your fabric leftovers and turn them into something beautiful and useful🙂

What You Need to Make Lavender Sachets

  • Dried lavender
  • Uncooked rice
  • Lavender oil (optional)
  • Fabric leftovers
  • String (only for version 2)
  • Decorative ribbons and buttons (optional)
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Scissors
What you need to make lavender sachets
What you need to make lavender sachets

Preparation for Both Versions

Mix the dried lavender and the uncooked rice at a ratio of roughly 1 to 1, so one spoon of rice with one spoon of lavender🥄

You are free to choose any other ratio based on your personal preference; it really depends on how strong you want the lavender to be. If you want, you can also add some drops of lavender oil at this stage to give it an even more intense scent.

Version 1: Little Lavender Squares

The finished lavender squares
The finished lavender squares

Cutting Out the Fabric

Start by cutting out little squares from your fabric✂️ I’ve used a measurement of 9cm x 9cm (3.5 inches) but you can choose any other size of course. You will need two fabric squares to sew one sachet.

Sewing the Sachet

Place two fabric squares right side together, so that the printed side of the fabric are facing each other. If needed, put in a few pins to hold everything in place. Mark a gap of around 3cm (1.2 inches) at one side so that you can afterwards turn the sachets around.

Sew along the edges but leave a gap to turn the sachet around
Sew along the edges but leave a gap to turn the sachet around

Sew the squares together with a 0.5cm seam allowance. Pivot at the corners and keep in mind to leave the gap open. Also, reverse your stitches at the beginning and the end.

Turning the Sachet

Before you turn the sachets around, trim the threads and also all four corners of your sachets. This prevents bulky edges and helps your sachet to look professional and neat in the end.

Turn the sachet the right side out and gently poke out the corners. You can use scissors for that but be careful not to make a hole in the fabric😅 Then give the sachet a good press with the iron so that it’s nice and flat.

Filling the Sachet

Now it’s time to fill the sachet with your lavender and rice mix. It really comes down to your personal preference how much you want to fill the little sachet. Personally, I want them to be rather full but still have enough buffer to close the gap with the sewing machine as I’m not a fan of hand stitching🙂

Photo by sydney Rae on Unsplash

Closing the Gap

Last but not least, it’s time to close the gap you left on one side of the square. You can either do some hand stitches or use the sewing machine. For the latter, place the sachet carefully under the machine, press away any filling and use the hand wheel if needed.

And that’s it! Version 1 is complete. If you want, you can now decorate your little sachets with ribbons, buttons or any other things you’ve got at home💖

Version 2: Little Lavender Bags

The Finished Lavender Bags
The Finished Lavender Bags

Cutting Out The Rectangle

For the little bags, cut out rectangles of roughly 24cm x 8cm (9.5 x 3.2 inches) but again, feel free to make adjustments if you wish. This time you just need one rectangle to sew one bag.

Sewing the Bag

Start by zigzagging the two short edges of your rectangle. Then fold the zigzagged edges down (roughly by 0.5cm), give it a quick press with the iron to hold everything in place and sew it with a straight stitch (see #1 in the picture below). 

Zigzagging and sewing the edges
Zigzagging and sewing the edges

Next, fold the long side of the fabric in half so that the right sides of the fabric are facing each other. Sew one side edge with a straight stitch and afterwards zigzag the outside of the straight stitch to prevent the fabric from unravelling (see #2 in the picture above). Repeat this on the other side and always remember to reverse your stitches at the beginning and the end.

Turning the Bag

Trim all your threads before you turn the sachet inside out. Again, gently poke out the corners and give the little bag a good press with the iron.

Filling and Closing the Bag

Now it’s time to fill your sachet with the lavender and rice mix. Place in as much as you like and then close the sachet with a string. Wrap the string around a couple of times and make sure to tighten it as much as you can to avoid any filling from coming out of the bag.

Ensure the string is tight to avoid any filling from coming out
Ensure the string is tight to avoid any filling from coming out

And voilà, version 2 is also done💖 You can again decorate the little bag with ribbons, buttons etc. based on your personal preferences🎀

I hope this quick tutorial was useful. Let me know in the comments below how you did get on and share some pictures with me on Instagram. You can find me @sewingbeginner. Do you need more inspiration on what to do with fabric leftovers? Check out my post on how to make zipper pouches.

Happy sewing,


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8 thoughts on “How to Make Lavender Sachets in 2 Different Ways

  1. Really enjoyed this blog. I need to find time to make some.
    Need to source some lavender on line. I grow it in my garden but there isn’t enough of it.
    Thank you god taking the time to share your tips and makes.

    1. Thank you so much, Jeannot! Glad to hear that you enjoy the blog 🙂 And how lovely that you can get some of the lavender from your own garden. It’s also quite easy to get the rest online, just search for dried lavender on Amazon, for example, and there are many results coming up. Would love to see some pics of your finished lavender sachets if you manage to find the time for this project! xx

  2. Hi, thanks for your post! Any tips on just hand-sewing them? Also, do the sachets attract bugs because of the rice? I know that the lavender repels bugs but because the rice is food for them, I’m wondering if bugs actually stay out of if I could just take the rice out altogether? Thanks!

    1. Hi Ann, thank you very much for visiting my blog and for your comment🙂 You can of course also hand-sew them! I recommend using a backstitch o that you have strong seams and no lavendar slips through any opening. Here’s a link explaining it a bit further:

      In terms of the rice: as long as it’s uncooked and mixed with the lavender it should be absolutely fine. However, you can also use lavender only for your little sachets and bags if you want. Happy sewing❤️

  3. Many thanks for your very clear instructions – just what I needed!

    Just one comment – the measurements you give for the second sachet aren’t consistent; the metric measures you give (24x8cm) don’t match up with the imperial ones. 24cm is about equivalent to 9.5″, not 5.5″. A bit confusing! Although I used the cm measurements and they worked fine.

    1. Good catch!! Thanks so much for pointing this out – just corrected it (with the biggest delay ever).

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