Making Scent Bags

This little knitted sachet is quick and easy to make and will use up scraps of yarn.  Tuck some dried herbs inside, either from your garden or purchased ones. Then you can add that lovely aroma to your drawers or storage boxes and enjoy it all year round.

a knitted sachet from craftygardener.ca

You could sew a small bag to go inside out of cotton. This would hold the dried herbs etc. and stop them from coming out between the stitches of the knitted sachet. I have used netting from curtains as it is light and does not stop the scent of the herbs from coming through.

You need 3.25 mm knitting needles, some worsted weight yarn – your choice of colour. This is a great little project for using up your stash of yarn. If you use different sizes of needles and yarn, the tension with vary, and the size of the sachet will also vary.

You start by casting on 24 stitches.

  • Rows 1 to 4 – (k4, p4) 3 times.
  • Rows 5 to 8 – (p4, k4) 3 times.

These 8 rows form the pattern.

Repeat 4 times and then do rows 1 to 4 again.

Knit two pieces. Join together along three sides to make a pouch. Fill with dried herbs, dried lavender, or potpourri of your choice. Then join last side. Just to fancy it up a bit I made 2 tassels and attach one to the bottom corner and one to the top corner. The finished size is about 5 inches or 12.5 cm. square.  You could even add a loop of yarn or ribbon so it can be hung in a closet.

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I have a couple of lavender plants and I trim off the lavender flowers, tie in a bunch and hang them to dry inside a paper bag.  When totally dry, I tuck the dried blooms inside the sachet, finish sewing it up and enjoy the aroma every time I open the drawer.  What a great way to bring your garden inside and enjoy it all year.

a knitted sachet from craftygardener.ca

If you don’t have any herbs you can add a bar of soap for a lovely aroma.  Before giving this as a gift I would remove the wrapper from the soap to enjoy the scent more.  I’m also going to add velcro to the opening so that the soap or herb bags can easily be removed.

a knitted sachet from craftygardener.ca

Dry your lavender now and then complete the knitted sachet on those wintery days when the weather is too snowy or too cold to go outside. When it comes to filling the bags, the scent will remind you of those lovely warm summer days.

Here is the print friendly version.

a little homemade scent bag at craftygardener.ca

You can also purchase little bags that can be filled with dried lavender. This little bag came came ready filled and made the perfect little gift for a friend.

a little homemade scent pouch at craftygardener.ca

I also made a quick little lavender pouch with some cut lavender, an old lace handkerchief and a bit of ribbon. Cut the lavender stalks, lay on a hankie, and gather up the sides of the hankie and tie with ribbon. I added a little hook onto it so that it could fasten onto a covered coathanger, or hang in different places around the house. As the lavender dried, it gives off a lovely scent, and when it dries right out it will be contained in the hankie. If you don’t have a hankie you can use a piece of pretty material that isn’t too thick to stop the scent from coming out.

Dry the lavender now and make some scented crafts for the upcoming gift giving season. Happy Crafting.

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3 Responses

  1. Myrtle

    This is a great idea, Linda. I just might make some. I have lavender this year, I’m sure I will have more next year and I do love the lovely smell that comes from it, Linda. Hope you are having a good day.

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