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Keep Your Pillow Smelling Fresh with This DIY Sachet

The “sachet” has been around for ages. A small, soft bag filled with scented herbs and spices that give off a powerful aroma, sachets have been used for centuries as a way to keep the body smelling fresh and fragrant. Over time, these little bundles of scented goodness have become more commonly used to keep linens smelling fresh and are most commonly seen today stored between linen sets on a shelf, tossed in a sock drawer, or tucked under a pillow.

In modern days, we love the ones filled with delicious scents of lavender or chamomile placed underneath a pillow to give off a calming scent that helps one sleep more peacefully. If you want to try this classic technique out for yourself, keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY pillow sachet at home.

You will need:
  • Cotton fabric of your choice cut into 2-inch squares (2 squares of fabric per sachet you plan to make). Any fabric will work here, but we particularly like cotton for its breathability.
  • Dried herbs (we like lavender or chamomile, but any will work here). You can purchase dried herbs at a spice store, but even your neighborhood grocery or health food stores might have jars of dried herbs in the spice section.
  • Small funnel
  • Needle and thread

Note: This craft could also be done using a sewing machine, but it is just as easy to stitch shut by hand so that is the technique we mention here.

  1. Lay your first square flat with the fabric that you want on the outside of the sachet facing up. Place the second square on top facedown and make sure they line up correctly.
  2. Using a simple sewing stitch, sew along three sides of the square so that the two squares are secured together but there is an opening on one side.
  3. Flip the fabric inside out so that your seams are on the inside and the right side of the fabric is facing out.
  4. Using a funnel, gently fill the pouch with your dried herbs. It’s best to fill the pouch pretty much to the top so that there is not much room for the herbs to shake around.
  5. Gently sew the remaining opening shut in a simple stitch so as to not draw too much attention to the seam.

If you want a sachet that packs a little more punch, you can always use bigger pieces of fabric and more herbs on the inside. Drying fresh herbs yourself will also make for a more fragrant bundle, but you can use pre-dried herbs if you want it done faster.

The ‘No Sew” Option

Even if you missed the sewing day in Home Economics class, you can still make a pillow sachet at home… and with even less steps! Cut a piece of fabric into just one larger square; 5-inch measurements should be fine. Drop the herbs in the center and bundle the edges of the fabric together. Tie off with a ribbon and voila!

Now that you’ve got your nicely compact pouch full of lavender, chamomile, or any other calming scent, you’re ready to toss it under your pillowcase and let the smells gently waft over your pillow. We think there is nothing better than jumping in a set of freshly washed, silky bed sheets that give off a soft aroma of a calming lavender scent.

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