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Handmade Lavender Sachets

With a few simple supplies, you can create lovely Handmade Lavender Sachets as gifts. They’re great for use in linen cupboards, drawers and closets.

Using a few simple ingredients and this easy tutorial, you can make your own Handmade Lavender Sachets. Hi there, it’s Amanda from Life at Cloverhill sharing an easy sewing project that makes a great gift for your loved ones.

Every year when I make my Holiday Gift List in my Online Holiday Planner, I like to come up with a few handmade gifts for loved ones. Taking the time to make something with your hands to give to others is a really special part of the season. Over the years I’ve made Christmas Aprons, Hand Warmers, Christmas Simmer and Peppermint Bark Jars, but this year I was excited to sew some Handmade Lavender Sachets using dried lavender from our new flower business.

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Handmade Lavender Sachets are a lovely fragrant gift that keeps your linens smelling fresh.

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This summer we started growing and selling Cloverhill Flowers at a local farmers market. One of our biggest sellers were these bundles of fresh lavender from a nearby farmer. They sold out so quickly every week, but I was thankfully able to tuck away a few bundles and dry them for our own use. I dried the flower heads and removed the lavender buds, but you can also find dried lavender buds easily online.

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Lavender sachets are a great way to give your linens a fresh scent and work in closets as a natural moth deterrent. You can tuck a sachet into the storage box with your out-of-season clothing to prevent stale odors too. Every few months, give the sachets a massage to release more of the essential oils.

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I love the idea of wrapping a stack of them up with a ribbon for a heartfelt gift. It’s also a great project for using scrap fabric. I had this light linen blend laying around since I made Whiskey’s Donut Dog Bed a few years ago.

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I used a combination of lavender buds, rice and essential oils for these sachets. The rice offsets the sometimes too-strong smell of lavender and gives the sachets some weight. The essential oil penetrates the rice and releases more scent each time you massage the sachet.

Handmade Lavender Sachets

You’ll need:

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To make the sachet, place your two squares of fabric with the good sides facing inwards.

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Use a sewing machine or needle and thread, to sew them together all the way around, leaving a small opening on one side. If you’d like to hang them in your closet, add a small loop of ribbon to one side while you’re sewing it.

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Snip the corners to give your sachets crisp corners and to prevent the fabric from bunching.

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Turn the sachet inside out and use a pencil to gently poke the corners in place.

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In a small bowl, mix the dried lavender with the rice. If you’d like a stronger lavender scent, stir in a few drops of lavender essential oil.

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Using a small spoon, carefully add the lavender mixture into your sachet. Hand stitch the opening closed.

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Toss the sachet in your drawers or closet, or bundle it up as a gift!

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31 Comments

  1. Just wonderful and Very easy, I’m gonna try it. Thanks for sharing. ….I thank you very much .
    love – shilpa

    1. I made some of these and the oil came up through the fabric. Do you think I used too much oil? or should I let it dry a little?

      1. Hi Elizabeth,
        Thank you for reaching out to us. The oil definitely should not come through the fabric like that. Chances are you used too much oil as you said. It should only take a few drops of the essential oil and that typically gets absorbed quickly by the rice and the dried lavender. Once your fabric is marked with oil, you can dry it out but the fabric will likely still keep the oil mark or stain. I would keep that set for yourself and make a fresh batch if you’re making these as holiday gifts.

        Best wishes,
        Carrie
        Ideas for the Home by Kenarry

  2. I love the smell of lavender, I was looking for instructions for easy sachets. I will try this sometime. Looks great!

    1. Hi Jessica, ¼ cup dried lavender and ½ cup uncooked rice will fill one sachet. If you want to make additional ones, just multiply it by the number of sachets you’re planning to make.

      Enjoy – and happy crafting!
      Best wishes,
      Carrie
      Ideas for the Home by Kenarry®

      1. Hi Carrie,
        I just stitched up one sachet, using your suggested 4″ x 4″ measurement. The finished sachet, before filling, is now about 3.5″ x 3.5″ (if not a little less). I made up a small batch of the rice/lavender mixture using 1/2 cup rice and 1/4 cup lavender buds. I am confused by your answer because it appears to me that this mixture would fill several sachets of this size, certainly not just one. Am I missing something? Could you please clarify?
        Rita

        1. Hi Carrie,
          It’s me again. I just filled the one sachet I made and found that four tablespoons of the rice/lavender mixture worked well. The 1/2 cup of rice plus the 1/4 cup of lavender yields 12 tablespoons of mixture … just the right amount to fill three sachets, or, as your photo suggests, one set of three sachets. So, one down, two to go.
          Thank you so much for the tutorial. I wanted to make some sachets for a fund-raising raffle coming up soon. I think these are going to be a big hit.
          Your newest fan,
          Rita

          1. Thanks, Rita! We’re so glad you found a measurement that works for you. A lot really depends on how stuffed you want your sachets to be – whether you want them lightly full like a bean bag or stuffed completely. Enjoy making these for your fundraising raffle! We hope they’re a big hit!

            We’re so glad you found us and hope you find other ideas you’ll enjoy making!

            Best wishes,
            Carrie
            Ideas for the Home by Kenarry

    1. Hi Kristi,

      I personally love a combination of lemon essential oil with lavender, but if you are looking for something other than lavender, you could use dried rose petals with rose absolute oil, dried orange peel with orange or bergamot essential oil, or dried rosemary with rosemary essential oil. Hope that helps you find a scent that you love!

      Best wishes,
      Robin with Ideas for the Home by Kenarry

  3. Curious to know how long the rice will last? Should you use for a number of times before replacing?

    1. Hi Rebecca,
      The rice will last for several years. It’s the scent that will fade over time, but you can just add a few more drops of essential oils periodically when you notice that the scent starts to fade.
      Hope that helps!
      Best wishes,
      Carrie from Ideas for the Home by Kenarry

      1. Hello Carrie,

        Just wondering… on Wednesday I placed 4 sachets in my room, one in my closet and the rest in my drawers and two days after (today) I don’t smell it at all. Is there a timeframe where we would start smelling the scent we used?

        Thank you in advance,
        Isa

        1. Hi Isabel,
          Great question! If it’s only been three days, you should definitely still be smelling it. Try massaging the sachets to move the rice around a bit. You could also spritz or sprinkle them with some more essential oil.

          Best wishes,
          Carrie
          Ideas for the Home by Kenarry

  4. Years ago I wanted to make some sachets for my walk-in closet but was unable to get to the Co-Op to buy the lavender. But changing Kiddo’s cat box gave me a great solution. Since I used cedar shavings in his box, I got the bag of shavings from the storeroom, and gave it a few squeezes. Umm! The cedar smelled wonderful! I made several (squeezing and even breaking the shavings to fit into the fabric) and within a short time, the closet smelled just like a cedar forest! Plus, it would helps keep moths away from my clothes. It worked so well and smelled so nice that I made more for the rest of the bedrooms and hall coat closet. Since then, when making sachets, I make several with cedar shavings (the type used for small animal beds) for the men in my life as well as to sell at fundraisers. I’ve found that most men prefer a more “manly” scent for their “unmentionables.” As a bonus, a small bag of shavings goes a long way and is usually cheaper than lavender. Try it; you might like it, too.

    1. Hi Mary,
      That’s a great question. We haven’t tried it with the lavender leaves. It would depend on how fragrant they are, but I think it would work. Give it a try and then come back and let us know.

      Best wishes,
      Carrie
      Ideas for the Home by Kenarry

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