How To Make Lavender Bags And Make Your Closet Smell Amazing

Lavender. Even reading the name creates an alluring image of breathtakingly beautiful and fragrant lavender flowers. Everyone loves this amazing herb, which is an ancient symbol of cleanliness and purity

lavenders and lavender bag on table

We all know the healing powers of lavender oil, but most of us don’t know that we can make small lavender bags and keep them in our closets for a soothing, calming fragrance. Who doesn’t want to make their closet smell amazing? You can keep bunches of dried lavender leaves in your home and use them for various purposes. Plus, you can also make lavender sachets, use them in various gift ideas, etc. If you haven’t reaped the fantastic benefits of this herb, let’s learn how to make lavender bags and make your closet smell amazing. 

What can you put inside your lavender bags?

You can make your small bags from vintage linens or any fabric. You can hand stitch them or take the help of a sewing machine. Either way, you will get your hands on a homemade, lovely DIY lavender bag that you can use to keep your closet smelling fresh.

There are so many fillings that you can use to create these little bags. You can use rice, essential oils, dried lavender, epsom salts, and a lot more. Apart from lavender, you can experiment with the following.

  • Essential oils
  • Bay leaves
  • Peppercorns
  • Clove
  • Eucalyptus
  • Rosemary
  • Cinnamon

What you will love about them is that they never go stale. After a couple of months of use, massage the bags to release the aromatic oils. This will ensure a long-lasting smell

Rosemary essential oil and fresh rosemary in decorative pouch on old wooden table.

Step-by-step guide: How to make lavender bags

The sweet-smelling handmade bags are just what you need to air out your stuffy closets and spruce up your drawers. Let’s learn how to make yours in simple DIY steps.

Things that you’ll need

  • Dried leaves of lavender
  • Rice
  • Breathable fabric
  • Tape measure
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • Ribbons/Buttons (optional)

Step 1: Prepare your stuffing

The first step is to prepare the stuffing. Combine one part rice and two parts lavender in a bowl. The rice will give the bags a left heft and offset the strong smell of lavender a little bit. You can also use other fresh-smelling herbs, but if you want only the lavender scent, then this combination would work just fine.

Step 2: Cut the squares

Take the breathable fabric you selected and cut two squares of equal length. The size of the squares of fabric can vary as per your needs. If you want big bags, you will need more fabric than the amount of fabric required for smaller bags. You can always use a DIY drawstring bag if that’s more your thing.

 Making lavender bags with dried lavender flowers, fabric and lavender on table

Step 3: Sew the squares together

If you don’t know how to sew, you can watch a sewing tutorial by any blogger online. With the help of a simple running stitch, hand sew three sides of the square. Sew most of the fourth side as well, just leaving enough fabric to fit the width of a small spoon. Make sure that you sew the squares evenly.  You can use a sewing machine, but if you don’t have one, you can easily hand sew the fabric pieces together. 

Step 4: Fill up the bags

Once you are done sewing, you should snip the pointed corners. Turn the bag inside out, and with the help of a spoon or your fingers, stuff the bag with the filling you prepared in the first step. 

Step 5: Add the final stitch

Now you have two options. To finish sewing, you can fold the sides inward and finish with a blind stitch. Otherwise, you can also keep the edge exposed and add a simple running stitch. Your simple sewing project of making lavender bags is complete!

If you want, you can add ribbons and buttons to enhance the look of the bags. You can change the design as well as style the bag any way you want. If you have any leftover dried lavender, you should store it in an airtight container and place it in a cool, dark, dry area. You can use this later for creating more lavender sachets. Or you can always get fresh lavender and let it dry to make new ones in the future.

closeup to woman's hands making a lavender bag on table

Top 10 ways to use lavender bags

Now that you have created the bags, you must be thinking about the various ways you can use them. You will be happy to know that they have plenty of uses. While the small ones can be used to air out your stuffy closets, you can stash the big ones in the freezer and use them as temperature reliefs in the summer and provide relief to pulled muscles. Don’t have ideas for Christmas gifts? Lavender bags make for great gifts, folks! Let’s take a look at the top 10 ways to use them.

1. Safety from moths

Want to keep your clothes safe from pesky clothes moths? Use them to keep the pests away! A lavender bag is the best way to protect your beautiful silk scarves and your treasured cashmere jumpers.

Dried lavender contains camphor oil which is a natural chemical and is known for its moth-deterring properties. If you keep lavender bags in your wardrobe, sock drawers and storage areas, moths will stay as far away from it as possible, and your clothes will remain safe and protected

2. Nice-smelling sheets

Don’t have a moth problem? Maybe dry cleaning offers a nice fragrance to your clothes, but lavender can take it a step higher. You can use your aromatic bags to keep your clothes, blankets, and sheets smelling fresh and lovely. Simply keep them in the folds of the sheets and take them out when you will use them. This is one of the main reasons why we see so many lavender washing powders and fabric softeners for your washing machine.

Dried lavender flowers and bedding sheet

3. Decorate your home

There are many ways to decorate your living room or bedroom and these little bags is one of them! You can use them as pure decorations around your home. If you have used pretty fabric scraps to create the bags or cut them out in a beautiful shape, you can hang them from the door handles, windows, or simply keep them on shelves around the house enjoy their calming, soothing fragrance.

4. Peaceful sleep

Having trouble falling asleep? Pop a couple of bags under your pillow to get a restful, good night’s sleep. This is due to the relaxing, calming, and soothing properties of lavender. You can keep them inside the pillowcase as well to ensure that they don’t fall off the bed.
You can use them for several years to come. Give it the occasional squeeze to release the timeless fragrance.

5. Fresh smelling laundry

Have you learned the secret to keeping your clothes from turning yellow but not how to keep them fresh smelling yet? You can toss lavender buds in the dryer with the freshly washed laundry to make it smell even better. The bags will be good for at least a dozen loads. What’s more, the lavender pouches will help freshen up the dank, musty smelling basement as well.

Scented sachets on towels on bed. Fragrant pouches for cozy home. Dried lavender in decoration bags in bedroom.

6. Car air freshener

Some of us have a sensitive nose that gets irritated by different scents. If you don’t like commercial air fresheners, you can keep a couple of small bags in your car to keep it smelling nice and fresh without using harsh chemicals.

7. Suitcases

Once you come back from a trip, it is very likely that you keep your suitcases at the back of the closet, stuffed out of sight. Over time, and due to neglect, the suitcase starts to smell musty. You can keep the lavender pouches in the suitcases to keep them smelling clean and fresh while they are being kept in the storage. 

8. Showers & Baths

Don’t have a bath bomb? Why worry when you can drop a lavender bag in the bathtub and have a relaxing, soothing soak! This lavender bath will help calm your nerves as well as provide relief to your sore muscles.

9. Home air freshener

Want to freshen up the air in your home? Drop a couple of little bags along with other herbs in a small pot of water and bring it to a boil. In a few minutes, the entire house will start smelling nice. You can keep them in small, decorative bowls all around your home to spread their fragrance everywhere.

10. Use them as gifts

Why not give out large ones as DIY gifts? Lavender pouches are a famous souvenir gift in the south of France. It will save the recipients the hassle of sewing them themselves, and they will be able to get all the benefits of lavender easily!  Decorate the bags with ribbons, buttons, lace, etc., to make them look more appealing. You can give these handmade gifts on mother’s day and see how happy your mom will be!

Lavender flowers with ribbon and aroma sack on wooden background

From calming nerves to providing relief to sore muscles, lavender is a fantastic herb with plenty of uses. If you make small lavender pouches, you can use them for various purposes, from keeping your closet smelling nice to keep your clothes safe from moths. The bags are very easy to make, and you can use the DIY steps that we have mentioned above to sew beautiful ones yourself. Here’s to a nice-smelling, fragrant household!

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