wikiHow to Make Sachets

A sachet is a small, usually decorative, bag filled with aromatic ingredients. The contents of a sachet can scent the air, depending on its contents. Sachets are used as a decorative addition to a table, in a bathroom or in a lingerie drawer. You can make a simple one or you can elaborate in your own style as you go!


  1. 1
    Draw a pattern. Select the fabric to be used. Often sachets can be made from scraps of fancy material left over from another project.
  2. 2
    Think through what size and shape the sachet will be. The easiest, by far, is a simple square or rectangle, but with patience and imagination, nearly any shape can be made.
  3. 3
    Add a minimum of 1/4 inch/6.3 mm seam allowance. Cut two of each shape.
  4. 4
    Sew the two pieces together with patterned or "right" sides together. Leave a two inch opening for stuffing.
  5. 5
    Miter the corners (cut them at an angle).
  6. 6
    Turn the "right" sides out.
  7. 7
    Add the pleasantly smelling stuffing. See below for stuffing ideas.
  8. 8
    Slip stitch the opening closed.
  9. 9
    Place the sachet where desired and enjoy!


  • Put the ingredients in an old, but clean, pantyhose first to make sewing easier.
  • Handle edged tools with care.
  • This can be sewn by hand or by machine.
  • Good things to stuff your sachet with include:

    • Lavender buds (dried)
    • Wood shavings (cedar is great)
    • Soap shavings (perfect for tossing in the washing, while a lavender stuffed one is perfect for the dryer!)
    • Potpourri
    • Scent impregnated stuffing material (probably needs new scent after a time)
    • Dried herbs
    • Spices (make sure the fabric does not allow for the spices to leak through)
    • A combination of lavender and dried hops makes a good nighttime pillow to improve sleep.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric scraps
  • Sewing machine
  • Potpourri or other pleasant smelling stuffing material - see "Tips" for more ideas

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