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Lavender, eucalyptus, rosemary, peppermint… We have lots of sweet-smelling ideas today!

Make It

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Maya from maya*made created this Lavender Heart on a String for her daughter when she started school. Maya writes, “These would also make wonderful Valentine’s gifts, party favors, present toppers, stocking stuffers, etc.”
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Darby’s Baking Soda Sachets at Fly Through Our Window can be refilled, and are perfect for “diaper bags, around changing tables, in dresser drawers, or in laundry hampers.”
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Make an Appliqued Succulent Sachet, filled with lavender, with Laura from Bugs and Fishes by Lupin.

Some other great Smell ideas: Homemade Laundry Detergent, Lavender Wands, Scented Hanger Pouches, Cupcake Bath Bomb


You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Rice Heat Therapy Bag Tutorial, Sachets, Clean & Tidy, Gifts for Homebodies

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for some of these projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:

Amy’s choice Kristin’s choice Beth’s choice
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Buy It

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Soft & Cozy Lavender & Mint Dryer Sachets are made with repurposed fabric and filled with all natural ingredients (including peppermint, eucalyptus, rosemary, locally grown lavender buds & spearmint). Pop all three in your dryer for sweet-smelling laundry. Jasie hand-sews each sachet and they are double-stitched for durability; find her wide selection of products at Sweet & Cozy.

Mix It

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This Peppermint Log Recipe is made once a year in the One Crafty Mumma household. The smell of peppermint just evokes the holiday season, doesn’t it?!

Print It

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Tricia shares these cute Mitten Gift Tags & Background on her Tricia-Rennea, illustrator site. You can use the background for the back of the tags, or for anything else you can dream up!

Win It

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By Kayte Terry, Photographs by Jennifer Causey

(Chronicle Books, $19.95, ISBN: 9780811867344, ISBN: 10081186734X)

From the Publisher:

Appliqué Your Way — Appliqué Your Way goes beyond traditional quiltwork with 35 sweet stitching projects from crafter extraordinaire Kayte Terry. Master decorative stitches, create original templates, and much more. The book is designed for easy use with a lay-flat Wire-O binding and a handy back pocket that holds pattern and template pieces. No more wrestling with a copy machine to enlarge or shrink! Stitchers will find everything they need to create a Gone Dotty A-line Skirt, a Reverse Appliqué Market Tote, a Felted Faux Bois Scarf, and 30+ more projects ranging from the sublimely simple to the ultra-chic.


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More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)
22 ~ Count
21 ~ Bake
20 ~ Rock
19 ~ Organize
18 ~ Write
17 ~ Tote
16 ~ Frame
15 ~ Celebrate
14 ~ Shop
13 ~ Go
12 ~ Clean & Tidy
11 ~ Pamper
10 ~ Craft
9 ~ Play
8 ~ Deck the Halls
7 ~ Exercise
6 ~ Sit Back & Relax
5 ~ Read
4 ~ Go Green
3 ~ Sleep
2 ~ Adorn
1 ~ Wear


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