Sewing with Vintage Linens

DIY Lavender Sachets using Vintage Linens

I love finding and repurposing vintage fabrics and linens! Sometimes, I find some beautiful hand embroidered linens that may have some damage to an otherwise fabulous little blast from the past. I like to use such pieces in sewing and craft projects to preserve the parts that are still intact. One such project is creating lavender sachets.

To make lavender sachets, you will need the following:

  1. Dried lavender buds
  2. Vintage linens and fabric for the backing
  3. Sewing machine or needle & thread
  4. Optional: Vintage lace or ribbon for embellishment


  1. Select and prepare your vintage linens by washing/drying/and ironing.
  2. Cut out the pieces for your sachet. You could create a template making a 5 inch X 5 inch square or similar. I usually cut around the embroidery that is free from holes or stains. You will need a front and back piece.

3. Sew the two pieces of fabric rights sides together. Leave about a 2-3 inch opening. This may be done on a sewing machine or by hand stitching.

4. Turn the sachet inside out. I like to sew around the sachet about 1/8 of an inch from the border. If you choose to do this, you need to still leave your 2-3 inch opening!

5. Fill your sachet with dried lavender.

6. Finish sewing your sachet closed and you are finished!

Sachets may be placed with linens, under your pillow, with clothing, or anywhere you would like the scent of lavender.