repurposed: DIY Lavender Sachets

DIY Lavender Sachets | Redesigned By M

Lavender sachets for clothing drawers are amazing.  Dried lavender can be refreshed time and time again simply by crushing the buds, so they never lose their scent.  They are also great at keeping bugs away.  Today’s repurposed project involves two items that were upcycled.

DIY Lavender Sachets | Redesigned By M

The first item was the lavender bouquet from my wedding.  After I walked down the aisle with it, I dried out the stems over the course of a week, and brought home the dried lavender with the intent of using them to make drawer sachets.

How To Dry Lavender:
Drying lavender is really, really easy!  I left my bouquet upright in a vase and it dried naturally on its own.  Alternately, you can hang a bouquet upside down or lay out the stems to dry on a mat.  It takes about five days to dry.
 

DIY Lavender Sachets | Redesigned By M

The second item was a souvenir from my friend’s wedding two years ago.  She gave out pouches of m&m’s and we stole a few because Mr. M and I like m&m’s so much.  (As if that should be such a big surprise! M is only the initial of my first name – ha!)  Of course, the candies were devoured instantly, but we were left with these fabric pouches that were dying to see a new life as something else.

DIY Lavender Sachets | Redesigned By M

To make these drawer sachets, you’ll need:

Dried lavender
Fabric
Sewing machine or needle and thread
Teaspoon
Pinking shears
Seam ripper (if necessary)

DIY Lavender Sachets | Redesigned By M

Step 1.  Since this is an upcycled project for me, I had to take apart the pouches with a seam ripper.  If you’re just using plain fabric, you can skip this step.

Step 2.  Place the wrong sides of two pieces of fabric together.  Start sewing at about 1/2″ from the cut edges and continue on three sides of the squares.  In the picture shown here, I sewed along half of the fourth side before stopping, but I think it’s best to leave the fourth side completely unsewn.  It’ll be easier to fill the sachet this way.

Step 3.  Using a teaspoon, fill the sachet with dried lavender.

Step 4.  Once the sachet is filled as much as you’d like, sew along the fourth side to close.

Step 5.  Cut the edges with pinking shears to clean up the frays and to also give the sachets a nice decorative finish.

DIY Lavender Sachets | Redesigned By M

Now I have a few drawer sachets filled with real French lavender.  They serve as a great functional reminder of my wedding bouquet.  I hope you’ll give this project a try.  They were really easy to make!

Total time: Each sachet took about 10-15 minutes to make.

Total cost: Absolutely nothing thanks to upcycled materials!

Linking to: The Shabby Nest, French Country Cottage, My Romantic Home, Tatertots & Jello

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12 Comments

  1. Love this DIY project… very nice!

  2. Thank you! I’m gonna try to make the essential oil that you posted on your blog. I have been wondering if there was a way I could make it! ~M.

  3. Great diy project! I have been buying Glade lavender hanging sachet’s at $5 a sachet for years. I feel cheated! lol. I’m going home to make 10+ of these tonight!

    Farrah

  4. Yay! I’m so glad I could help you save money because $5 for EACH sachet is definitely too much money! You can use these DIY ones forever, too! I’ve had my first batch for nearly 15 years now.

  5. great gift ideas. lavender is one of my favorite smells ever.

  6. Thanks for the follow! I’m glad to have found your blog! Very cool ideas for sure! I’m going to be pinning this post, as I think it’s a great idea for Mother’s day gifts! 🙂
    ~Jen

  7. Excellent, thanks! I had not thought of Mother’s Day when I posted it, but I can see how it would be. ~M.

  8. You are a treasure trove! I have a big lavender bush in my front yard and had vague thoughts about drying some and doing…something. I don’t know what. This gives me inspiration! Thank you!

  9. Excellent! I’m so glad you’re finding so much inspiration through my blog. Let me know how your lavender project turns out! (And how lucky you are to have a lavender bush right in your front yard!) ~M.

  10. I love this idea!

  11. Kal

     /  August 10, 2013

    Love this idea! I just did a much less cute version with old panty hose. Haha. I may have to upgrade mine now. 🙂

  12. Awww, you’re sweet! Using a panty hose is also a great way to upcycle! I just don’t have any around the house.

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