Dryer Sheet & Lavendar Sachets

I hope you guys don’t think this is too kooky but … I have a hard time throwing dryer sheets away. They still smell good after one use and it seems such a waste. (I know you can reuse them but I don’t do that either. haha)

So I end up putting them in my dresser drawers to help keep the clothes smelling nice – but that’s getting a bit out of hand and messy looking.

I decided to whip up some little sachets to hold them, and being a girl, I decided they should be pretty at the same time. I have a bunch of lace and doilies that I’ve gathered. It’s something I always check for at yard sales and antique stores. And I buy it if it’s a good price even if there are spots and things, because I can always use parts of it.

So here is my little sachet made using a vintage doily. Actually, I got carried away. Here are the 3 that I made.

These are quick and easy. Kind of like making a tiny tiny pillow. Ready for the tutorial?

I used linen, doilies, ribbon, and some sheer fabric that I got on clearance at Target. Seriously – $2.48 for 2 sheer curtain panels? I can’t buy the fabric for that price!

I cut my linen into a 7 1/2″ square for the front and two 5″ x 7 1/2″ squares for the back. I also cut a square out of the sheer fabric just smaller than the doily size.

For the backs, hem the bottom of one rectangle and the top of the other. Cut some coordinating ribbon and add a piece to the bottom of your top rectangle and about halfway down from the top of the bottom rectangle.

Place the top rectangle over the bottom piece so that they overlap to make a 7 1/2″ square. Baste the two sides together where they overlap.

Set this aside and start on your top piece. Layer your linen square, then the sheer fabric, then the doily. Pin everything down. For this cotton type of doily, I sewed very close to the edge, then at the next section of needlework, to make sure to catch the sheer fabric.

Flip the linen over to the back. Just inside the second stitching line make a slit and cut the linen out. Make sure you don’t cut the sheer fabric.

I treated the inside with Fray Check just to be safe.

You can see the sheer fabric through the lace just a bit.

Place the front and back, right sides together, and sew around all four sides. Trim the corners to help it turn nicely.

You don’t have to do this, but I also zig-zagged around the outside, just to cut down on the fraying.

Turn right side out and press. See? Easy!

Here’s the back – it’s pretty too.

Add in your dryer sheets for a pretty smelling sachet. Pat yourself on the back for being a stylish recycler. ;)

Maybe at this point you get carried away too.

I decided that this would be a great way to use some Lavender I had, but I didn’t want it to spill out so I didn’t make the back the same.

I cut 5″ squares out of linen, sheer fabric, and a lace scrap I had.

Layer then together in this order – Linen, Lace, then Sheer fabric. Sew around the edges, leaving an opening in the center of one side. Trim your corners again and turn right side out.

Fill the square with Lavender – or other dried potpourri. You could even use dried tea! For this sachet I used a 1/4 ounce of Lavender. A funnel helps here too.

Hand stitch the opening closed and you have a wonderful smelling sachet!

Here are the three sachets again – the crocheted doily is a cheap one I found at Joann’s one day – I just zigzagged it onto the linen, leaving only the center ring open with the sheer under it. Just to be different.

I love that these are all about recycling, but they look and smell so pretty.

I think they’d make great gifts or stocking stuffers too – you could even use the sheer fabric to make up bags of potpourri to give with the larger sachets so they could be changed out. What do you think?

34 Comments

  • Reply August 15, 2010

    Moe

    Hey there! Your blog always has neat stuff. This is such a great idea! Saw it on the Girl Creative’s Just Something I Whipped Up!

    :) :)

  • What a great idea! I know what you mean about dryer sheets- I have a collection of them as well! What a fantastic way to put them to use!

  • Reply August 15, 2010

    Jill

    I love this idea. I hate throwing dryer sheets out even after I use them over and over again!

  • Reply August 16, 2010

    Red Head

    These are so cute! Love the embellishments!

  • Reply August 16, 2010

    Catch a Falling Star

    Neat idea!
    I’ve always loved the smell of our dryer sheet.
    I’ve always hid them under the seat but, then I always forget to throw them away weeks later.

  • Reply August 17, 2010

    Melissa

    GREAT ideas. And a lovely tutorial. Thanks!

  • Reply August 17, 2010

    Stephanie Lynn

    Hi Beverly. This is such a wonderul idea! Loev the doily too! They look fabulous. I’ll be featuring this today. Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase party! Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  • This is such a good idea and they look great too! Thank you so much for sharing your sachets with us at Anything Related!

  • Reply August 17, 2010

    Holly L

    Great idea…and they are so pretty. Love the crochet.

  • Reply August 18, 2010

    Clarissa Emily

    What a fabulousay idea and I LOVE lavender! I just may have to go make/find some doilies and whip some up these myself! I’m visiting from Someday Crafts!
    Have a lovely day!
    ~Clarissa @ A Little Stone House

  • Wow! These are beautiful and what really nice gifts these would make.

  • Reply August 18, 2010

    Sharyn

    These are so cute, pretty & practical too! Wonderful idea.

  • Reply August 20, 2010

    Sherry

    What a great way to use dryer sheets. Your tutorial was great, every step is clear and the finished project is lovely. Thanks so much for sharing your idea.

  • Reply August 21, 2010

    Sharyn

    You know I think these are fab!! Your post has been featured in Friday Favourites at Creative Link Up http://creativelinkup.blogspot.com/2010/08/friday-favourites.html

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