Spreading Scents of Spring and Cheer: DIY Sachet for Spring Cleaning
Let’s be honest, spring cleaning isn’t the most exhilarating annual tradition, it can be downright unpleasant. My daily cleaning style is brisk. I follow a regimen similar to Stef Daniel’s Housecleaning Tips for the Lazy. So understandably, I dread that weekend when I’m reminded of the charred potatoes I never took the time to scrape off of the bottom of the oven, the out dated clothes I knowingly let fall to the abysmal trench that is the back of closet, and the accumulation of little piles of kitty fur literally swept under the rug. The only redeeming factor is the end product. I get through the weekend reminding myself that the cleaning is a means to a wonderfully squeaky fresh end.
One valuable tip I learned from grammy is that scrubbing is only one small element to a deep clean. To reap the maximum reward from spring cleaning she would tell me to pay special attention to making the house smell like spring. Following her advice I spend the extra time drying the curtains and sheets in the sun, opening all of the windows, and sewing sachets.
A sachet is a small pouch filled with natural herbs and perfumes that is stored in drawers, trunks, or closets. Personally, opening my dresser drawers and being enveloped in sweet lavender is the ultimate means to getting me in a bright cheery spring mood. Here are simple instructions to spreading your own scents of spring.
You Will Need:
- Fabric scraps
- Sewing machine (If you don’t have one, this project can just as easily be hand stitched)
- Iron and ironing board
- Fragrant herbs (I used lavender; Herbes de Provence would be just as lovely)
- Using your ruler, mark a 3.5 X 3.5 in square on your fabric. This allows a .25 in seam allowance
- Cut the scrap fabric and repeat these steps again to create a second square.
- Sandwich your two squares with the right sides of the fabric facing inward and pin them together.
- Run three of the four sides through the sewing machine. Align the raw edge of your fabric with the edge of the foot to keep the seam straight and even. Stop sewing .25 in from the open end of the fabric.
- Flip your pouch right side out, and loosely fill it with the herbs or potpourri of your choosing.
- Fold the open seams in and iron the creases. Regretfully, my iron recently broke, making this step much more difficult than it should’ve been for me.
- Pin the edge.
- Finally, run the perimeter of the pouch through the sewing machine. Your seam should be half way to the edge of the foot, or about .125 in. This step secures the open side along with creating a polished finish for the edge.
These little pillows are conventionally stowed in drawers, but take creative license to change it up. I keep one under my pillow. The relaxing lavender helps me drift off to la la land. You could also sew ribbons in during the last step and hang it in your car as an air freshener. Whereever you choose to use it, I hope it brightens your day!