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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Scented Sachets - An Easy and Sentimental Gift This Holiday


Just like the felt coasters I made HERE , making decorative sachets is easy and fun and a wonderful, sentimental gift as well, especially if you know the favorite fragrance of someone you are going to give them to this holiday.

So, let's begin this project by asking this special person or teacher or neighbor what is there favorite fragrance.  It doesn't even have to be a female.  Male friends will like this gift too!

Once you have the favorite fragrance, sometimes you can go to the department stores and they will give you a sample.  You can even ask them if they have any samplers that were almost used up that they could give you.  Then you bring home the fragrance and you are ready to begin to make some delicious smelling sachets as a gift.


Fabric: Cotton, Canvas, Denim, or Decorator fabric

Cone-shaped Coffee Filter

Uncooked White Rice




Sewing Machine


Rotary Cutter

See-through Ruler


Stick (for pushing out the corners of your sachet)



Begin by cutting out two 4-1/2" squares for every sachet you are going to make.


I used a regular presser foot on my machine with a little greater than a 1/4" seam.  With right sides together (RST), sew 3 sides of your sachet, sewing back-and-forth at the beginning and end of each side. 


On the last side, sew 1" from both corners leaving the center open.  Be sure to sew back-and-forth at the beginning and end of each corner.


Clip the corners at an angle close to the corner seam.  This prevents bulk in the corners when you turn your project right-side-out and push out the corners.


Using a stick to push out the corners (you can also use the handle of a wooden spoon), push out the corners as far and as neatly as they will go.  


The center of one side will be open for you to add the rice and fragrance.


Using a cone coffee filter, put approximately 1/3 cup of uncooked rice to the filter.


Add your favorite fragrance by spritzing several times and then shaking up the rice to mix it in.  Spray a couple more times shaking occasionally to mix the rice together.


Pour the rice into the sachet.


Fold the seam under and stitch as close as you can to the edge of the hole in your sachet.


There you go!  You now have beautiful and decorative sachets that smell so good!!  The rice holds the fragrance for a very long time and they are wonderful for throwing in your lingerie drawer or sock drawer.  You can even add a ribbon loop to one of the corners when you are sewing your sachet together and you can hang them on a hanger in your closet.  I love sachets!


For a gift, I wrapped up 3 sachets with a pretty red ribbon and gave them to a dear friend yesterday.  She loved them.  

An easy and sentimental gift, sachets are a wonderful way to let someone special know that you were thinking of them.

Happy Holidays!!





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