My friend Blair who writes the wonderful
blog, Wise Craft, is guest posting with a
tutorial for scented drawer sachets that
feature a sweet child-drawn picture!
"Everyone loves scented drawers.
This is one of many projects I keep
"in my back pocket" for those afternoons
when my 10 year old daughter suddenly
wants to "make something" (but younger
kids could do this as well), or a quick
handmade project. Easy to do once you
gather the supplies, it creates a personal
and useful gift for a mother,
grandmother, or a friend."
*each sachet is a 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" square*
- scraps of open weave cotton or linen fabric
(I do not recommend synthetics or tightly woven
fabric). I used a piece of ivory linen with a slightly
coarse weave. You could also repurpose a men's
handkerchief, or a cloth napkin for this project.
- fabric crayons We used fabric crayons because
we had them here, and I like how the colors "pop"
out when the kids iron the finished drawing, but
because these sachets will not go through the
laundry, you could use regular crayons or
colored pencils (I would not recommend
markers because the of color bleed). You could
also go an extra step and embroidery your
drawing if you wanted to!
- baby powder, bath powder,
or any scented powder
A nice clean scent which works well for these
sachets. You could also use corn starch and add
a few small drops of essential oil for scent.
You will need about 1/4 of a cup for
a set of 3 sachets
- bowl and spoon for powder
- essential oil, like lavender
(optional if the powder is already
scented, but nice!)
- cotton balls (about 7-8 per sachet)
- pinking shears (optional)
- hand sewing needle and thread
1. With scissors, cut two 4 1/2" squares for each
sachet you will make (because these are nice to
give in sets, we usually always cut out enough
for at least three, so that would be 6 squares).
You can fold the fabric in half and cut out the
sides of each sachet together,
as I've done here-
crayons to draw on your design, message,
etc. like Emma did above.
want to add any essential oils (I added 2 drops
of lavender to my batch), do it now.
Stir it around well.
(and carefully) using your spoon.
edges even, wrong sides together. With needle
and thread, hand sew a running stitch (easy
stitch for a child to do) all around the squares
to stitch them together, about 1/4" in from
the edge. Leave an opening of 2" wide to
stuff in your cotton balls.
but do not distort your nice picture), then continue
stitching until you reach where you began (in my
example, because one edge was cut on the fold,
I only needed to stitch 3 edges).
7. If you want, you can pull the loose threads
at the edges to fray them for a finished look, or if
you have access to pinking shears, you can
pink them (as I have done below). Very simple!
Group these in sets of three and tie with a
pretty ribbon for Mother's Day.
Thank you so much to Blair for sharing
this great Mother's Day craft! Please visit
her blog where she regularly features crafts
with her children and for big people too!
She has another Mother's Day craft
that can be found in this month's Parents
magazine so be sure to check
that out as well!