Easy Spring Clean Lavender Sachet: Beginner Sewing Project

on March 25 | in Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 8 Comments

Melissa from a happy stitch has an easy beginner sewing project for you today. If you’re an experienced sewist you could probably make a stack of these to gift or utilize around the house! It would also be a fun early sewing project for children, just in time for Spring Break. You can use this same technique to make bean bags as well…

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It’s spring cleaning season! And sometimes (at least for me), that often means simply cleaning the house. Period. I do, however, find myself frequently lured into the idea of really scrubbing away, clearing out the closets, opening the windows and ushering in spring! In a recent moment of such delirium I was seduced by the idea of making some lavender sachets to use in the dryer to keep the sheets and towels nice and fresh-smelling without using any icky chemicals. But, I didn’t want to cut into any of my yards of “real” fabric. So, I raided my scrap pile and came up with a great way to make my scraps really work for me… In the laundry!

Lavender sachets in the dryer are nothing new but here is how to make them last a bit longer (thanks to essential oil) and use up scrap fabric.

1. Gather your supplies: fabric scraps, dried lavender flowers (at least 1 Tablespoon), lavender essential oil, one paper envelope & rice. I use round-edged brown rice because it is less likely to poke out of the sachet but really any rice will do just fine.

2. Prepare your rice and lavender mixture by pouring 1/2 cup of rice and 2 Tablespoons of dried lavender flowers into a Ziploc bag. This amount will be enough for 2 sachets so adjust this formula depending on how much you want to make.

3. Pour in one drop of lavender oil. One drop doesn’t sound like much but trust me, it’s plenty! You will smell it immediately. Shake up the mixture of rice, flowers and essential oil a good deal and set this bag aside. Adding the essential oil will help the lavender smell last much longer than just using lavender flowers.

4. Grab a few pieces of your scrap fabric. You can pick and choose some that look nice together or just pull out whatever you grab first. Up to you. I did preselect some extra sweet scraps. We will be making a rectangle measuring 8.5″ by 5″ so keep that in mind. Start with two pieces and sew them together in the most logical way possible.

5. Keep on adding scrap pieces until you have built yourself a substantial little piece of patchwork.

6. Cut your piece to the desired dimension of 8.5″ by 5″. (Look at you! Making fabric out of nothing!!)

7. Fold the fabric right sides together such that the short ends meet with each other. Sew two stitches leaving a two to three inch opening in the middle of the short end of the rectangle.

8. Turn the whole thing inside out and press with an iron. You will notice that the portion left unsewn will naturally fold inward a bit, ironing will help this along. This will be particularly handy later. This is also the opportunity to admire your work so far. So cute! These lavender sachets are going to brighter your whole laundry experience! (That is not a guarantee, only an attempt at optimism.)

9. Next up we are going to make an easy, cheap tool for funneling the lavender mixture into the sachet. Get that paper envelope and a pair of scissors. Cut off one corner of the envelope. Look at that! You made a cup, perfect for pouring.

10. Pour the lavender & rice mix into your cup and funnel it into the opening on your scrappy fabric sachet.

11. Sew shut the remaining opening and you are done!

Now, get those scraps working for you in the laundry room… Or, at the very least do one load of laundry and dream sweet dreams of a clean home!

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8 Responses to Easy Spring Clean Lavender Sachet: Beginner Sewing Project

  1. Vanessa says:

    I had no trouble reading this on my phone. What a great tutorial. Going to give this a go.

  2. Lauren says:

    What a wonderful scrap-busting project! We’re heading into Autumn here in Australia, so I’m off to pick some of the last lavender in preparation for making these adorable sachets. Thanks so much for your tutorial Melissa!

  3. Liz says:

    Wish I could print this!

  4. sheri says:

    Very nice tutorial! Very cheerful and fun. I’m sure I will do this soon. I have some lavender in my yard and would do it today but it’s been raining all morning so as soon as the lavender is dry…. (well, I guess I could get the fabric parts made for now!)

  5. victoria says:

    So lovely! How long do the sachets last in your dryer? Awesome tutorial! Thanks! I might actually make some, but that will be the extent of my spring cleaning.

  6. M.E.Futch says:

    I love computers – especially when they ‘don’t’ work! I am using hp laptop with 8 GB Memory, running Win8.1Pro & IE 11.0.9 and use business grade FiOS. That said, twice, this morning when I went to view your post, I saw the background pins with words (hiding) on the page. BUT, after I posted my comment, and refreshed the page, I got the appropriate white space which did indeed make reading MUCH better! No educated guess as to why it did not display correctly this morning other than it is 5 days into Spring and it’s snowing, AGAIN! (That’s as good of an excuse as any other! HEHEHE!!)

  7. M.E.Futch says:

    This is a very cute tutorial. I love the idea of using up scraps to “make fabric.” I love following your blog, but I do have to mention one thing. Do you realize how terribly difficult it is to read your blog with the straight pin/safety pin background. I had to ‘print preview’ so I could read it. It is cute, but it does conflict with the words. No offense meant, just an observation.

    • Kristin says:

      There should be a white background behind the words and the pins just display at the sides. Can you tell me which browser you are using and what type of device? Are you, for example, on a PC using IE? Maybe a table using Firefox? That would help us figure it out. I would appreciate it!

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