Sunday, May 1, 2011

Scrap Box Sunday: Scented Sachets

Soooo, today's post is only about 12 hours late. That's not too bad, right?? I've been so busy this week and very crafty this weekend! Plus, Blogger spent the last 3 hours being difficult about me uploading pictures *sadface* 

Today I made 4 Mother's Day cards (and managed to convince my man to make one for his mum too! Amazing!) sewed a couple of the scented sachets I'm going to show you now, and started work on some other projects that I'll be able to show you later in the week! Yesterday I made necklaces for Mother's Day (which I'll share later as well!). Amongst all of this four of our pet ratties have been having daily vet visits for injections - poor babies! Pretty sure they feel like pincushions at the moment! :( And that's not to mention all the work at and for the Uni this week - hectic! *phew!* BUT! I'm still here and ready to share with you wonderful people :D That's how much I love you!!

What You Need:

* Fabric scraps
* Iron-on interfacing
* Ribbon scraps
* Uncooked rice
* Essential oils

What To Do:

First things first - put some rice in a plastic bowl and add a few drops of essential oil. I made one sachet with lavender and one with marjoram. Stir the oil evenly through the rice and set it aside.

Now, create two fabric rectangles (per sachet - I'm making two sachets, so I've made four fabric rectangles) with you fabric scraps. I chose to use a plain rectangle for the back and a two-coloured, patchworky rectangle for the front.

So, I had to sew my front piece together.

You could just do plain rectangles, or you could do more intricate patchwork panels, whatever floats your boat :D

Next, iron your interfacing on. I used lightweight interfacing because the main point of having interfacing in this project is to give it some extra strength and add an extra layer to keep the essential oils from leaking through your fabric, lol.

Pin your two rectangles together, right sides facing inside.

Pin a loop of ribbon into the inside of your fabric rectangles. This will be a loop that you can hang your sachet from later.

Sew around most of the edges of the sachet, leaving a gap. I like to leave it in the middle of one side rather than at a corner because I find it easier to hide when I top stitch later.

Turn your sachet right sides out.

Fill with your scented rice! The first time I did it, I spooned it in. The second time I did it I wised up and used a funnel made from paper ;) Once your scented rice is in you can top it up with plain rice if you need to. I did.

Roll the edges of your gap inside and pin them into place for sewing.

Top stitch around the entire sachet and you're done!

Make as many as you want! We've used S-hooks to hang them and put the marjoram one in the bedroom to help us sleep at night, and the lavender one in the bathroom. I plan on making a citrus scented one for the laundry too, and I might even experiment with vanilla for the lounge room. Mmmm, tasty scents! :D

Linking up at Sundae Scoop and Sunburnt Cow!


Lolly Jane said...

Great gift idea and super easy. Awesome tute! We would ♥ for you to show this off at our link party!

Lolly Jane

Mimi said...

What a beautiful and thorough tutorial! Just found you from Wildflowers and Whimsy! And never ever thought of scented rice for a sachet. This is so fun and can't thank you enough for sharing! I love sachets but never even tried to make one. Just maybe I will now!

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

Thank you for the lovely comments! :D

craftydill said...

What a cute and simple idea... thanks for sharing!!

Jill said...

They look just lovely! Great little tutorial too!

Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
Hope you have a great week!
Jill @ Creating my way to Success

Marina said...

I'm bookmarking this idea!! I can't wait to try this! Thanks for stopping by today and for your sweet comment!

Screaming Sardine said...

I like these! So easy to make, and most everyone wants a sachet.

Thanks for linking up to the Sunburnt Cow link party. :)


Jennifer said...

Great!! Love all your uses of scraps!

elephantz said...

hello!just wondering, how long will it be before the scent evaporates?and do you have any idea on how to add the scent again? (i hope i'm making sense)

thanks for the tute!

SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime said...

Hi, Rissa! I'm admiring all your creative posts here so can you please share them with us at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

Rissa @ Hazel and Honeysuckle said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments ladies! <3

@elephantz - I'm not sure how long it will take, but mine are still smelling nicely :) It should last quite a while, potpourri and similar things tend to. To re-add the scent, it'd probably be better to make a version of these with an opening at the top, perhaps with a zip closure. I might have a go and see what I come up with! :)

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