These cute scented sachets are quick and easy to sew, perfect to scatter around your house for an uplifting or comforting burst of fragrance! They are a great way to use up scraps of fabric and make nice gifts. Throw them in drawers or shoes, add a loop to hang one in your wardrobe or anywhere that you want a little scented goodness.

The theme for the Aurifil Artisan challenge this month is Holiday Project and having designed these little sachets, I thought it would be fun to sew some winter themed ones and share a tutorial so you can make your own.

I picked out some cute trees and moon fabrics and then the bright orangey red/pink fabric just jumped out at me. Let's be real, we want our houses and spaces to smell nice all year round and this makes such a nice seasonal project - you could switch them up and change the filling with the seasons. I used scrap fabrics and cut up a gift bag that had been given to me for the organza - use what you have! So grab a fabric print that takes your fancy, add trimmings, ribbon or twine and make a pretty sachet for your space.

Sew a scented sachet

You will need:

  • sewing machine 
  • thread
  • cotton fabric - see below for note about size
  • organza, mesh or similar open weave fabric 
  • medium weight fusible interfacing (a tiny bit smaller than your piece of fabric)
  • ribbon / twine for loop
  • scissors
  • pinking shears (optional)
  • nice smellies to fill the sachet - suggestions detailed below.

Decide how big you need your fabric to be, you will have to cut two fabric circles for each sachet. If you're making more than one then use a bigger piece and cut four, six, eight, etc. circles. 

My circles are 4" in diameter so for one sachet I cut my fabric piece about 6" x 10". 

Begin by fusing interfacing to the back of the fabric, this helps stabilise the fabric and keeps the decorative machine stitches looking neat. 

Sew rows of decorative stitches - have fun selecting different stitches from your machine. Don't worry about the distance between them or even if they're straight, just enjoy sewing! It's great to be able to try out various stitches on your machine, you can sometimes adjust the width and length of the stitches to create different looks.

On the tree and moon fabric I used Aurifil Brillo thread, pretty metallic thread that works beautifully in the machine. Do remember to use a Metallic needle in your machine when using metallic threads, it helps prevent any issues.

I also used 50wt Aurifil, which is fabulous for decorative stitches and sewing delicate fabrics as it is fine and it also has a nice subtle sheen. 

Draw circles on the reverse of the fabric panel - two circles for one sachet.

Cut one circle from the organza/mesh fabric.

Fold over one edge of each circle, approx. 1.5" and top stitch. Trim the seam with pinking shears (or regular scissors).

Sandwich the sachet layers; with the folded edges towards the centre and the two fabric pieces right sides up, if desired place a piece of ribbon/twine for the loop with the ends towards the raw edge (you can baste this in place) and finally the organza/mesh on top. Sew around the outer edge with a 1/4" seam allowance.

For added zing you can add pom pom trim or ric rac around the edges before sewing, sandwich this between the fabric pieces and the organza - you may wish to baste it to the fabric pieces before sewing.

Trim the seam allowance with pinking shears or neaten with a zig zag stitch - not a completely necessary step but it will look neater and prevent fraying as you add or switch out the scents inside.

Turn through the opening so the sachet is right sides out, I like to roll the seams between my fingers to press it out.

Fill and enjoy!

All that is left is to fill the sachet. You can use potpourri, cinnamon sticks or dried fruit. Alternatively use essential oils or a lovely perfume sprayed liberally on a cotton wool pad or circle of leftover wadding. 

Swap out the fillings for different seasons and enjoy a fragrant home all year!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and making your own scented sachets! Feel free to share and if you have finished pictures on social tag me @charmaboutyou.