Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. Whether you’re the gift exchanging type or not, herbal sachets are great to have and they’re super customizable.
Choose a fabric color, you’ll need two 5″ x 5″ pieces of muslin, linen or cotton fabric.
Sachets are filled with aromatic herbs. Things that smell nice. Whatever suits your fancy. Some of my personal favorites include: RosemaryLavenderRose PetalsMintLemon BalmBasilChamomile
I also fill with cotton to keep the sachet nice and plump, but this is completely optional.
If you want to create your own stamp for the front of the sachet, sketch a design onto your 4″ x 6″ carve block. Carve around the sketch and remove the negative space with your linoleum cutters. Every nuance matters and creates a more detailed and refined image. Get creative!
Place the two 5″ x 5″ squares on top of each other, right sides together.
Stitch around the perimeter, leaving the top of the square unstitched. Use a ½ inch seam allowance. Turn sachet right side out then press the sachet to get out all of the wrinkles.
Using pinking shears, cut the top of the sachet to prevent fraying.
If you’re creating your own stamp, squeeze out a few drops of block printing ink and spread out with brayer until you get a smooth and even consistency. Use your carved block and place face down in the ink, pressing down to be sure the block is saturated evenly.
Place the carved block on top of the sachet and press down firmly with a fist, creating even and consistent pressure.
Carefully remove the carved block and let ink dry for 24 hours.
Fill the sachet with cotton or bamboo fiber, leaving a ¼ inch seam allowance. Sew the top and close the sachet.
That’s it! Easy peasy.
- 2 5″ x 5″ pieces of muslin fabric (or fabric of choice)
- Thread of choice
- Approximately ½ cup of dried herbs
- Cotton or bamboo fiber fill
- Pinking shears (optional)
- Block printing ink (optional)
- 4″ brayer (optional)
- 4″ x 6″ carve block (optional)
- Linoleum cutters (optional)
Optional DIY stamp
- After cutting 2 5″ x 5″ pieces out of your fabric, place right side of fabric face to face and sew around the edges, leaving the top of the sachet unstitched. Turn right side out.
- *Optional* Using your 4″ brayer roll out a few drops of block printing ink onto a flat surface. Place carved side down and press onto muslin. Let dry 24 hours.
- Combine cotton fiber fill and dried herbs and pour inside sachet
- Fill with about ½ inch clearance at the top then sew sachet closed.