DIY Lavender Sachets To Make Your Sock Drawer Smell Like Heaven

September 16, 2016

Handmade, sweet-smelling sachets are just the thing to spruce up your unmentionables drawer and air out stuffy closets. Prevent stale odors in storage boxes just by tucking them in alongside last season's clothes, or secure a stack of them with a ribbon for a gift—it's like giving pouches filled with spring.

DIY Lavender Sachets by Laura Kaesshaefer

This DIY is a breezy assembly-line craft, utilizing a mere yard of fabric (which makes about 10 sachets), dried lavender petals, and little else. It's a great project for using up scrap fabric, or a little lavender leftover from a batch of shortbread. After extended use (about 3 months), massage sachets to release essential oils and ensure a longer-lasting smell. 

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What You'll Need:

Dried lavender
Fabric of your choice
(anything breatheable)
Needle and thread

How to Make Fragrant Sachets:

1. Prep your stuffing. In a bowl, combine two parts lavender with one part rice; this is your sachet filling. The rice offsets the sometimes too-strong smell of the lavender and gives your sachets a little heft. 

DIY Lavender Sachets

2. Prepare squares. Cut two 3 1/2-inch squares of fabric and align them with the sides you like facing inward. (You'll be sewing the the sachets inside out before finishing.) I used a soft paisley and denim, allowing the finished selvage edge to remain as a little flourish on the fourth side.

DIY Lavender Sachets by Laura Kaesshaefer

3. Hand sew the squares. Use a simple running stitch to hand sew around three of the four sides of your sachet square, about 1/4-inch in from the edge of the fabric. You can even sew most of the fourth side, leaving a few inches open to fit the width of a spoon. Work carefully to ensure the finished pillows are even shapes (you can also pin them in place before beginning).

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4. Fill them up. Once you're finished sewing, snip the pointed corners to avoid bunching. Turn the pouch inside out so you're left with an empty, nearly fully sewn sachet, and then use a spoon or your palm to stuff the sachet with filling.

DIY Lavender Sachets by Laura Kaesshaefer

6. Sew them up. Fold unsewn fabric sides inward and finish sewing with a blind stitch, or keep the raw edge of the final side exposed like I did—a simple running stitch with a knot will do, in that case. Toss the finished sachets in your sock drawer for a much more refreshing scent when you crack it open in the morning.

DIY Lavender Sachets by Laura Kaesshaefer

This post originally ran last spring, but we figured your sock drawer could use re-freshening.

Photos by James Ransom

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Heyays June 22, 2020
How long will this keep for before it looses its smell.
NancyFromKona November 28, 2016
I ran across a related and clever alternative use for lavender: take a scrunchi hair tie and stuff the lavender inside. I wear it to bed and my husband says I smell great and it helps him sleep.
Penelope P. January 26, 2016
Sounds easy to make and will add a great scent to my home.
Gary September 14, 2015
For "combine two parts lavender with one part rice". Is that two parts by volume or by weight?
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Laura K. September 14, 2015
By volume -- thanks!
Mary P. May 26, 2015
I make the lavender sachets using my deceased mothers old hankies.
I give them to family members. Not only do they smell nice, they
also have a special meaning.
Patricia L. May 23, 2015
Can you use something other than rice?
Niknud September 16, 2016
I make knitted lavender sachets and I used beans instead of rice - gives them a bit more heft....
Patricia L. September 16, 2016
Next I'll need some lavender......
Chris Z. May 14, 2015
Now I have a use for all the lavender growing in my backyard.
Ryan M. May 8, 2015
I absolutely love the smell of lavender. These are going in my house ASAP!
Anastasia May 7, 2015
Very useful, thank you! I will definitely try this!