Sew a lavender sachet as a beautiful gift idea using this simple step by step guide.
My heart turns to mush when I see vintage linens.
It reminds me of my Grandmas and the by-gone days (I’ve read about!) of tucking a hanky up pretty dress sleeves.
Today’s special DIY lavender sachet project uses vintage linen.
However, if you don’t have any vintage linen on hand, any fabric will do.
In fact, I think it would be darling and super sentimental to make these for your adult children using their baby clothes. I’ve also heard of ladies making them out of their wedding dress. (Although I can’t bear the thought of cutting mine up…)
Dried lavender sachets are a sweet smelling packet that can be placed in drawers or cupboards to help linens stay smelling fresh. Here’s how to make them.
How to Sew a Lavender Sachet
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Step 1: Infuse the dried lavender with the scent of your choice.
Before you get your scissors and sewing machine out, there is a little prep work to do. In order to end up with a product that smells as beautiful as it looks, you’ll want to infuse the dried buds with scent.
How to infuse lavender buds with scent:
I purchased dried French lavender buds at a local shop. At the advice of the shop owner, I poured them into a plastic container and added a few drops of both lavender essential oil and vanilla essential oil and closed it up tight. It sat there for a few days, and oh, my! did it ever smell amazing when I opened it up! ( I’ve since read that lavender and vanilla are a natural moth repellent. Bonus!)
Where to buy dried lavender buds
If you don’t have a local business that sells dried lavender buds, here are some online sources I found:
Step 2: Sew lavender sachets together:
Once your lavender buds are smelling amazing, you can move onto the next steps. I designed these sachets so that the lavender buds are in a separate bag that can be easily removed. That way, extra scent can be worked into the buds as it starts to fade away.
Here’s a video of the process:
- Start with a piece of fabric 4 1/2 wide long x 12 inches long (Adjust the length measurement if you only have to hem one end like I did.)
- Fold over the ends 1/4 inch. Iron. Fold over 1/4 inch again. Stitch to form a hem.
- With right sides together, fold the top down so the seam is just below the center line of the fabric. Fold the bottom up so it just covers the top edge that you just folded down. Pin the sides and sew shut.
- Trim seams and corners. Turn right side out and iron.
- Sew a small inner pouch for the lavender buds using thin material (I used a flour sack towel) and place inside the outer cover.
- Decorate the front with buttons, ribbon, or baker’s twine.
Infusing the dried lavender buds with vanilla and lavender scent makes them smell amazing for a long time!I decorated these with vintage buttons and baker’s twine, but the sky is the limit for how you want to pretty these up. Lace & ribbon would also look nice.
For more DIY sewing and craft projects, you may want to check out:
- How to Make Faux Leather Pillow Covers with Zipper Closures
- Hanging Curtains: A Step by Step Guide for Beginners
- How To Make a DIY Striped Pillow Quick!
- How to Turn Tin Cans into Faux Cement Plant Holders
- 7 DIY Pillows You Can Make for Your Home
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Other articles relating to vintage linens:
- No sew curtain using a vintage linen pillowcase
- Where to find vintage linen and what to do with it
- How to get the odor out of vintage linens
- Colorful Spring tablescape using vintage linens
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