“They are perfect for keeping your closets and drawers smelling fresh and can also be used in the car or anywhere you’d like a fresh scent.”
These little scented sachets take almost no time at all to whip up and make great gifts. They are perfect for keeping your closets and drawers smelling fresh and can also be used in the car or anywhere you’d like a fresh scent. For this project we’re using scented rice but potpourri or dried lavender can also be used. It’s a great way to use up some scraps of fabric too! Let’s get started.
You will need:
- Matching thread
- Essential oil – we used eukalyptus and peppermint
- Plain rice
- Straight pins
- A funnel or rolled up piece of paper
Finished dimensions: 11cm / 4.5in square
Prepare the scented rice before you start sewing so that it’s dry before you need to fill the sachets. We used about 500 grams (about 16 oz) of white rice split between 6 sachets. Pour the rice into a bowl and add your essential oils. We used 12 drops of each of eukalyptus and peppermint oil. Stir to combine and set aside.
Now, on to the sachets.
Cut your fabric into 14cm / 5.5in squares. You will need twice as many squares as the number of sachets you want to make. If adding a label, baste it in place on one fabric square 2.5cm / 1in from the bottom edge and 0.75cm / ¼ in in from the side.
Place two fabric squares right sides together. Sew around the edges, using a 1.25cm / ½ in seam allowance and backstitching at the beginning of your seam. Leave the needle down at the corners and pivot the fabric to sew along the next side. In the middle of one side, leave a 5cm / 2in turning gap, backstitching before and after the gap. Trim the corners of the sachet to reduce bulk.
Turn the sachet the right way out, using a blunt pencil or similar to poke out the corners neatly. Fold the seam allowance inwards at the turning gap. You can iron the sachet to get rid of any wrinkles.
Sew around three sides of your sachet again, using a 1cm / 3/8 in seam allowance and skipping the side with the turning gap. If you prefer the look, you can lengthen your stitch length a little for this topstitching. Begin with a few backstitches 1cm / 3/8 in away from the corner and pivot with the needle in the fabric 1cm / 3/8 in away from each corner to keep your seam allowance consistent. Finish sewing with another few backstitches 1cm / 3/8 in away from the final corner.
Using a funnel or rolled up piece of paper, pour in the rice through the turning gap. Make sure not to overfill the sachet or you will have trouble sewing it closed.
Pin or clip the turning gap closed and sew across with a 1cm / 3/8 in seam allowance to finish the sachet.
Seamstress: Emma Lorenz