Looking for a homemade, personal, easy, and inexpensive Christmas gift to make for your friends and family? I have the perfect project:
A long, long time ago my Aunt gifted me a scented sachet for my clothes dresser and I just loved it. I think my family and friends will love them, too. I mean, what's not to love? Pretty fabric. Pleasant scent. Takes up minimal space...
This is a great beginner project; if you can sew in a straight line and tie a ribbon, you can make these!
And, they require so little fabric they are also a great way to use up those scraps you have lying around.
Here’s what you’ll need:
I found the dried flowers on Amazon. What did I ever do before Amazon?!
I’ll start with the super simple directions in the Short and Sweet section. Farther down is the All the Details section so you can get more of the specifics and I’ll show you an easy technique for sewing perfect corners.
The Short and Sweet:
1. . Cut 2 squares of fabric, somewhere in the neighborhood of 5"x5".
2. Sew a seam along each side, leaving an opening about 2" wide for filling later.
3. Turn right side out.
4. Fill with dried flowers.
5. Stitch the opening closed.
6. Finish with a ribbon and a label/tag.
All the Details:
Cut the fabric.
Something I like to do with gifts I sew is chose a fabric I know the recipient will love. For my sister, mother, and aunt I saved one of my late Grandmother’s shirts from the goodwill pile and used it for their sachets. (The brown and white fabric.) For my children and my sister in law I chose to use the fabric from my late mother-in-law's favorite shirt. (The peach with white floral print.) For my friend who loves cool neutrals I chose the gray floral fabric, and for my friend who loves warm neutrals I chose the beige fabric.
1. For each sachet, cut two 5"x 5" squares. This allows for ½" seam allowances.
Sew the Sachet.
To make it easy for you to see the seams I used black thread for this tutorial, but the beige thread (in the supplies picture) for the actual sachets.
2. Make sure the outsides are together (insides are out).
3. Stitch a seam ½" from the edge.
4. In order to make the corners perfectly square, fold the fabric along the seam you just sewed.
5. Stitch the next seam, gently holding the folded seam in place.
6. This is what it looks like so far.
7. Now, fold the fabric over along the seam you just stitched.
8. Stitch another seam.
9. Here’s what it looks like at this point.
10. Again, fold along the most recent seam you have sewn.
11. Now for the last side of the square. This will be stitched in two separate seams, leaving an opening in the center.
12. Sew a seam about 1.5" down.
13. Flip it around so you can do the same for the other end of this side of your square. Fold over along that first seam you made and stitch another seam about 1.5" long.
14. This will leave a gap between the two stitches about 2" wide.
15. Trim the thread.
16. Turn the square right side out by pushing the fabric through the opening you made on the last side of the square.
17. It should look like this. Check out those perfect corners! Awesome! That pleases my OCD tendencies. Now is the time to press the fabric if it got wrinkled up in the turning out process.
Fill the Sachet
18. Use a funnel (or a rolled up piece of paper, in my case) to insert into the opening if the sachet.
19. Pour in about ¾ cup of dried flowers. The stretchier fabrics, like the knit blends that came from shirts, require a little more. About 1 cup.)
20. Fill until it is about this full.
21. If you don’t mind hand sewing you can just grab a needle and thread to sew the opening closed.
22. I happen to hate hand sewing because I poke myself with the needle every time, without fail. So I chose to pin it...
23. And stitch right along the edge of the opening with my machine.
24. Trim the thread. You made a sachet! Nice!
Make it pretty.
25. Take a piece of coordinating ribbon, about 17" long and place it under the sachet. To make sure the hole you sewed closed is covered up with the ribbon, place that side on the right.
26. Tie a basic overhand knot.
27. Tie another overhand knot to secure it.
28. Make it look polished by trimming the ends of the ribbon. For this project I like the flag (or v-shaped) cut. To achieve that simply align the sides of the ribbon and cut at about a 45° angle with the scissor tips pointing away from the knot.
29. After I looked closely I decided I didn’t love that organza ribbon with the green damask fabric, so I went for a bold purple ribbon instead. Much better!
30. I decided to add a label on a little tag I made with my Cuddlebug v2 embosser. I've said it before and I'll say it again; I love that thing! I use it so much more than I ever thought I would. The tag serves two purposes; It’s nice for the recipient to have an idea of what they are looking at as they open it and it makes the gift look more put together and finished.
Here’s a look at all 5 of the different fabrics. I can't decide which one is my favorite!
What I love most about these is that my family and friends will each be receiving a personalized gift that will speak to them as individuals.
It doesn't hurt that they were inexpensive either. How inexpensive?
Less than $2 each?! Now that’s budget friendly!
To preserve them until Christmas I am storing them in small Ziploc baggies. I don’t want them to lose their beautiful scent. Over time that will happen, though. And when it does you can shake it a bit or work it a little with your fingers and it will help refresh it.
Happy stitching and gifting, friends. And whatever you make, make it yours!
Want to make other handmade gifts? Have a look at these tutorials: