Easy Stamped Lavender Sachets

Lavender sachets are so easy to make using canvas drawstring bags. They add a fresh smell to closets, drawers and hutches! Find the tutorial right here for making these sachets with a stamped lavender image!

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I hope your summer is going well!

We recently moved to Tennessee from Texas and are currently looking for a home. We may end up in Mississippi! How that's for confusing? I promise to share more once we're settled but in the meantime, I wanted to share this easy tutorial with you.

I made these lavender sachets before we had packed up our home and just hadn't shared the tutorial yet.

I love the calming scent of lavender and was looking for ways to use up the small drawstring bags that I'd purchased. I have already made a Valentines garland and a  faux grainsack Christmas advent countdown with the bags, and these lavender sachets seemed like they would be quick and easy. I found some affordable French lavender on Amazon and it was the perfect amount.

What can you use a lavender sachet for?

Lavender sachets are perfect to tuck almost anywhere! Think clothes drawers, china hutches, linen closets... basically anywhere you want the mild, fresh scent of lavender. They're also really pretty sitting out in a bowl! Lavender is a calming scent, helpful for relaxation so maybe tuck one under your pillow! Or make a few for a friend who's going through a stressful time.

Supplies I used:

How to make easy lavender sachets

It's much easier to decorate the sachet bags BEFORE adding the dried lavender! I came up with a couple different methods to decorate the bags with the stamp. I'm sharing them below, you can choose the one that works best for you!

Stamp sachet bags - 3 methods

Using acrylic craft paints

The first method I tried, which ended up being my favorite, was to dab the acrylic paints onto the stamp with a small foam brush, and then press the stamp to the muslin bag. I was able to use a variety of paint colors so the stamped image had some variety of purples and green.

If you choose to do this method, make sure you apply very little paint to the stamp, otherwise you'll lose the distinct image. I recommend testing on a scrap piece of fabric first until you're comfortable with the amount of paint to use. You could probably use Q-tips to apply the paint to the stamp.

Here's what the results of this method look like on the muslin sachets.

Using dye based ink pad

If you want your stamped image to be very distinct, then you might prefer using an ink pad. I only had black ink, and while I like how the image is very defined, I felt it was missing color. You could trying using a purple ink pad if lack of color is a concern.

Combination of ink pad and acrylic paints

This method combines both of the ones described above. I stamped the image with the black ink pad first, and then dabbed color onto the stamped image with the foam daubers.

I hope those descriptions are helpful and I'd love to know if you have tried any other methods for stamping onto fabric!

In the end, I preferred the look of the paints added directly to the stamp and then pressed onto the muslin fabric, so that's how I did the rest of my lavender sachets.

Fill bags with lavender/rice combo

Once the paint had dried on all the bags, it was time to fill them with the dried lavender. I chose to mix the lavender with rice so that it would go further. I used slightly more lavender than rice to fill each bag, and I was careful not to fill it all the way to the top. You need to leave room to sew or glue the bags shut.

I used my coffee scoop to easily transfer the rice and lavender into the small sachet bags. 

I didn't mix my rice and lavender together first, but added them separately and then used my hands to squish and mix the contents of the sachets bags AFTER I had secured the bags closed.

You can see in the image below that I left about a thumb's width of space to the tops of each bag.

Close bags

More options for ya here! You can sew a seam across the top of the sachet bags as I did (using purple thread), or use fabric glue for a no-sew option. There are also hot glue sticks made for fabric (see them here). I've never tried these but plan to use them on some future projects!

Note that I sewed the bags along the stitching line at the top of the bags but BELOW the drawstrings. Whether you sew or glue your bags closed, make sure you do that below the strings so that you can still cinch the bags closed using the drawstrings.

Cinching the drawstrings closed gives these lavender sachets a finished look.

I love how these easy lavender sachets turned out, and the subtle lavender scent is so fresh and pleasing!

These easy to make lavender sachets would be perfect as a gift (or tucked into a gift!) for a lucky friend!

Have you ever made lavender sachets? Let me know! Or if I've inspired you to make your own, I would love to hear!

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  1. These are so delicate and pretty, Cindy! Thank you so much for the beautiful inspiration.

    1. You're very welcome Mary Beth, thank you for the sweet comments!

  2. Thank you for your tutorial. I have a question regarding the rice filling. I have always used flax mixed with lavender for sachets. Is there an advantage/disadvantage of using either filling?

    1. I just used rice for convenience, I'm not sure it matters!


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