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.
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
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
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 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🙂
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
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).
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.
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.