- Old or stained linens (Martha used an old French linen hand towel.)
- Rotary cutter and ruler (optional)
- Sewing machine threaded with coordinating thread
- Bone folder
- Loose dried lavender
- Hand-sewing needle
Repurposed Linen Sachet How-To
1. Cut two 5-by-8-inch pieces from the linen.
2. Match edges with right sides together and pin. Sew along edges with a 1/4-inch seam allowance, leaving a 4-inch opening along one side.
3. Clip corners of seam allowance, being careful not to cut into seam.
4. Turn pouch right-side out. Poke the corners to a sharp point with a bone folder. Fill with lavender.
5. Hand-stitch opening closed.
ResourcesDried lavender is available at health-food stores,
For a different aroma, try one of these scent blends:
- Cedar tips, cedar shavings, and lavender
- Orange tea and dried roses
- Earl Grey tea and dried cornflowers
- Grapefruit peel, vanilla beans, and peach tea
- Lemon verbena, chamomile, and lemon peel
- Fresh eucalyptus leaves and lime peel
I've always enjoyed herbal sachets. A friend of mine in Berkeley, California had given me a beautiful lavender sachet many years ago and I kept it for close to ten years! I recently read that it's best to keep them for a few months because the fragrance begins to tire after that.
There seems to be an endless number of ways that you can create your own personal blend, much like blending your own custom perfume. As I was blending the herbs together I couldn't help but think of Coco as she scrupulously concocted Chanel No. 5.
You most certainly do not have to limit yourself to herbs from your own backyard. Whole Foods, Mountain Rose Herbs, and other natural foods stores carry herbs in bulk. Think of the herb selection in your supermarket too. Why not bring a bundle or two home with you to dry and blend into your sachet? With the right kind of material, you could even make a bath sachet like I did (see last picture in photo gallery). There are so many possibilities and combinations. Have fun!