Sachet Sensations: DIY Delights For Closets & Drawers

Welcome to the wonderful world of homemade sachets, where beauty, fragrance, and creativity intertwine! If you’re looking for a delightful way to infuse your spaces with captivating scents while adding a touch of charm, you’ve come to the right place.

Dried Lavender Bundle, Linen Sachets, Scented Beeswax & Assorted Lace Trims

Explore the art of crafting sachets using various fabrics, vintage linens, yarn (crochet, knit), laces, doilies, and much, much more so that you can unleash your imagination and create personalized aromatic treasures.

Whether you’re a seasoned seamstress or a beginner crafter eager to embark on a creative journey, this collection features step-by-step instructions, helpful tips, and inspiring ideas.

Because there’s so much here, I’ve organized the page into the following sections:

  • Fabric / Sewn
    • includes a few cross stitch & embroidery patterns
  • Doilies / Crochet / Knit / Yarn
    • includes a couple vintage patterns from my personal collection (free pdf download)
  • Paper Sachets
    • i.e., envelopes, free printables, origami, etc.
  • Scented Wax (Air Fresheners)
    • both beeswax and soy wax projects included
  • Bonus Crafts
    • Lavender sleep pillow two ways (quick tutorial)
    • Extra goodies (DIY scented drawer liners, herbal shower bags, etc.)

Once you’ve made a bunch, tuck them into lingerie drawers or attach a loop of ribbon so they can securely hang in the closet on covered or padded hangers. This practice will infuse folded clothing and household linens with a beautiful, lingering fragrance that will lift your spirits throughout the day.

Scented Filling Suggestions

You can fill sachets with a variety of ingredients. Dried lavender, spice, and potpourri blends are the most common, with essential oils sometimes added to give an extra boost.

For larger pouches, you can bulk up the aromatics with cotton balls, netting, and old pantyhose (freshly washed). This technique helps cut down on costs while filling out the little bags.

A quick reference chart of scented additives is below. Remember to consider the intensity and longevity of the chosen ingredients to ensure your handmade goodies provide a lasting and enjoyable fragrance experience.

Dried HerbsDried FlowersEssential Oils
SpicesHomemade PotpourriFragrance Oils / Favorite Perfume
Scented Powders, Epsom Salt or RiceDried Citrus PeelsCedar Shavings

Quick Tip: If you want something to repel moths, especially for off-season storage, this page is for you: Sweet Smelling Natural Moth Repellents: DIY Bugs-Be-Gone. It features several different blends you can make with ingredients such as dried lavender, cedar shavings, rosemary, cloves, etc. It also has a lovely project for making linen envelopes to stash in drawers and chests.

How To Make DIY Scented Powders, Salts & Rice

  • Pour one cup of the main ingredient into a glass jar (either cornstarch, Epsom salts, or dried rice)
    • You can also add cotton balls to the jar to infuse them with the scent
    • The infused cornstarch is well-suited for filling paper sachets
  • Add about 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential or fragrance oils (or a custom blend)
  • Stir well to distribute the EO
  • Seal with a lid & store for 48 hours before use
    • While waiting, shake the jar occasionally to distribute the contents

A Collection of DIY Sachet Tutorials To Inspire You

Fabric Sachet Tied With Satin Ribbon & A Fresh Sprig Of Lavender

As always here on Tipnut, the tutorials included in this collection have all been hand-picked by me and are 100% hassle-free.

This means there are no fees, no memberships required, and no email addresses to submit to review the instructions or download any templates (if needed).

If that has changed since being added here, please let me know in the comments section below so I can remove it.

Directions: Click on images to visit the project page; a new browser tab will open & save your spot here

Fabric / Sewn

From luxurious silk to cozy cotton, the possibilities are endless when selecting textiles and materials for your little pouches. Pretty much anything can be used, but natural fibers are favored since the fabric allows the contents to distribute and release their scents quickly.

Some suggested materials that are ideal for making sachets:

flour sacksvintage hankiescotton
fabric scrapsvintage table linens (cutters)linen
organzaold bed & bath linensfelt
cheeseclothsilk or satin scarvesmuslin

Free Needlework Patterns

Needlework enthusiasts can try these patterns to create beautiful sachets. They are simple and elegant designs that will enhance any fabric.

Doilies / Crochet / Knit / Yarn

These will add a touch of charm to any room or closet. Use different patterns, colors, and shapes to create unique, personalized items that suit your style and taste.

Free Vintage Crochet Patterns

Free Pattern Download (pdf)

Here are two vintage patterns from my personal collection; both are worked in crochet thread.

I’ve tidied the formatting and combined them into a single pdf for you to download, click the button to get your free copy.

Rose Petal Sachet

*First published November 20, 2009 and moved to this page for better organization

Rose Petal Sachet - Vintage Crochet

Here’s a little charmer perfect for giving as a stocking stuffer for someone who loves frilly, Victorian-style pretties.

It’s been a long time since I’ve tried my hand at thread crochet, but this whipped up in no time for me (although a bit wonky in a spot or two).

The sample pictured to the right was made with DMC Cebelia size 20 thread and a 1.25 mm crochet hook.

Sample measures: 7″ across (edge to edge). You can use whatever thread and hook size you wish.

Source: Vintage design from around the 1950s.

Sachet Roll

*First published December 3, 2008 and moved to this page for better organization

Sachet Roll - Vintage Crochet

This is a pattern from 1944 for a pincushion that could also be used as a sachet; replace the muslin stuffing with fresh herbs or potpourri as desired.


Daisy Mercerized Crochet Cotton size 30 in White
Crochet hook size 10
1 yard ribbon
Muslin and silk covering for cushion


A versatile and budget-friendly option for creating fragrant delights, several types of sachets can be made from paper using greeting cards, envelopes, origami, paper mache, free printables, etc.

Scented Wax

These may differ from a traditional sachet made up of bits of textiles and fabrics, but their purpose is the same. Wax sachets are made from melted beeswax (or soy) poured into molds and then customized with dried flowers, herbs, spices, and essential oils for fragrance. They can be made in any size and shape and are considered natural air fresheners. Aren’t they lovely?

Bonus Crafts

How To Make Herbal Sleep Pouches

(Originally Published January 14, 2008)

Did you get enough sleep last night? Two helpers for those “restless nights” are reading a good book (but not one that’s too stimulating) and reaching for a lavender-filled pillow or sachet.

In folklore, pillows were filled with lavender flowers to help the restless fall asleep. There is now scientific evidence to suggest that aromatherapy with lavender may slow the nervous system’s activity, improve sleep quality, promote relaxation, and lift mood in people suffering from sleep disorders.

Supplies For Making A Lavender Sleep Pillow Include Essential Oil, Dried Lavender & A Piece of Fabric

There are two ways to make lavender pillows; one involves making a removable pouch or sachet, and the other is simply applying essential oil (or a spray) on a piece of cloth to tuck inside the pillow. Directions for both are below.

DIY Sleep Pillow Sachet

Here’s a nice and easy blend that contains lavender, flax seed, and lemon balm leaves, another herb that helps soothe and encourage sleep:


1/2 cup lavender buds
1/2 cup lemon balm leaves
1/4 cup flax seed

3×5 light fabric pouch (ie. muslin)


  • Mix all ingredients well.
  • Sew a 3×5 rectangular pouch, leaving a small opening to insert the herb mixture.
  • Fill the pouch with herbs; hand stitch the opening shut.
    • Don’t pack too tightly, you want the herbs to have room to move around and release their fragrances.

How To Use:

  • Insert the herbal pouch inside your pillowcase at night; its scent will help ease stress and aid in relaxation.
  • To help the herbs last longer, store the pouch in a ziploc bag during the day and place it in a drawer out of light.
    • Remove from packaging and insert inside pillowcase each night.

Lavender Scented Cloth

Keep a sizeable square cloth aside just for this purpose (a Ziploc bag comes in handy here). The fabric should be natural fibers (i.e. cotton, linen, muslin, etc.).

Simply add a few drops of lavender essential oil to the cloth then slide it inside the pillowcase so you can breathe it in during the night.

  • Remove each morning & keep it in the Ziploc bag to encourage a longer-lasting scent infusion.

You can also make a spray by filling a small glass bottle with distilled water and then adding a few drops of lavender essential oil (start with about ten, then adjust to your preference).

  • Shake the bottle well then spray the cloth lightly & slide it inside pillow.

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    • Pam

    Can I ask why not use orris root as a fixative to add the Essential oil to …I feel you may not use as much oil and it will go farther…Lovely idea.. thanks for the tutorial!

    • Sheila

    These sachets would make great shower favors. When you harvest the lavender place the stems top down in paper bags. When the lavender is dry it is easy to rub the flower off the stem into the bag. Makes for easy clean up.
    Also I like to tie up little bunches with ribbon and hang them around the house.

    • Lyn

    Thank, you very much I just love your site!
    It is so informative and I love giving gifts and this will help this
    Christmas 2010 and all year round for my special friends and family

    thank, you for your precious time

    • Kerryluvain

    Amazing! Everything I’m after on just one site. Thanks! xx

    • Brenda Newman

    Where do you purchase lavender by the pound

      • Linda

      Try eBay. That’s where I got mine.

    • Liz Hyde

    This a lovely site I am looking to make small handmade gifts just what I’ve been searching for.

    • Jo Ann Brzezniak

    What could I do to use Rosemary in a sachet? I heard it helps put you to sleep. Please advise and thank you

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