How to Create DIY Aromatic Herb Sachets for Natural Fragrance

Discover how to craft custom potpourri sachets using dried herbs, flowers and spices for natural home fragrancing.

February 8, 2024
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Stuffy, synthetic air fresheners have nothing on the comforting scents of nature. For lighter, non-toxic home fragrancing, you can’t go wrong infusing herbs, flowers, woods and citrus peels into custom potpourri sachets.

Not only do these aromatic pouches give off pleasant perfume, they naturally repel moths, mosquitoes and other insects too.

This guide covers everything for crafting custom herbal sachets—from sourcing ingredients, to sewing shapes and sizes, usage ideas, scent recipes, and troubleshooting tips. DIY all the way with nature’s pure fragrance!

Why Make Herb Sachets

Sure, you can simply drop some dried rose petals or vanilla beans in a vase. But containing earthly scents within fabric amplifies potency and convenience. Here’s why homemade sachets are so great:

Provide Natural Scents

Obviously the main incentive is basking in soothing herbal aroma anywhere you want. Customize blends to match your personal nose preferences or suit the application, like lemon verbena for uplifting freshness.

Unlike synthetic sprays, pure plant ingredients layered together give off layered complexity with no chemical undertones. Sachets infuse closets, rooms, drawers and more with botanical perfume uniquely you.

Repel Insects Naturally

Several popular sachet herbs like lavender, mint, lemongrass and cedar naturally deter insects. This makes them fantastic for protecting stored wool, furs, silks and other fabrics vulnerable to carpet beetles, Indian meal moths and similar fabric pests.

Tuck little scent pillows throughout wardrobes, trunks and basements to passively keep bugs at bay. Way better than mothballs or pesticide sprays!

Make Great Gifts

Fragrant herbal sachets also double as heartfelt gifts for any occasion. Make batches tailored to the recipient’s personality and interests using the recipes ahead.

Sachets are easy to customize with ribbons, fabrics, charms and decorative stitches. This thoughtful handmade present smells as delightful as it looks.

What You Need

Assembling herb sachets only requires a few basic craft supplies:

Herbs and Spices

This forms the aromatic base, whether using single note herbs like lavender buds or layered blends. Source high quality, fresh dried herbs that still have strong scent for best results.

Essential Oils (Optional)

For an extra fragrant punch, add a few drops of complementary essential oils like lemon, cedarwood or jasmine. But herbs alone usually suffice.

Fabric and Ribbon

Choose lightweight, breathable fabric that won’t interfere with scent diffusion, like muslin or even recycled silk or lace scraps. Ribbon ties add decoration and hangability.

Needle and Thread

You need basic sewing gear to assemble sachet pillows and shapes. Embroidery floss offers bold colors.


Scissors make it easy to cut custom fabric sizes and shapes to your preferred dimensions. Pinking shears give decorative fringed edges.

That’s all you really require to whip up crafty herb-filled sachets from scratch. Now let’s get into the aromatic ingredients that turn simple pouches into potpourri.

herbs in jars

Recipes by Scent Profiles

When designing custom aromatic blends, first decide the mood or overall scent direction—warm and spicy? Cool and crisp? Then layer notes like you would musical chords until achieving olfactory harmony.

Try these recipes to start:

Floral Blends

Channel fresh-picked spring posies or grandma’s coveted rose gardens.

  • Lavender Rose: Dried lavender buds + rose petals + vanilla bean
  • Honeysuckle Jasmine: Jasmine flowers + green tea leaves + linden blossoms
  • Lilac Dreams: Lilac blooms + violet petals + lemon verbena leaves

Earthy Blends

Forest-y, herbaceous mix recalling woods and meadows.

  • Forest Pine: White pine sprigs + fir needle tips + dried mushrooms
  • Cedar Grove: Cedar chips + cypress leaves + clove studded orange rounds
  • Sage Chaparral: Sage leaf + patchouli oil + pinecones + sandalwood chips

Fresh Blends

Zingy, zesty citrus and green aromas energize senses.

  • Sparkling Lemonade: Lemon verbena + lemongrass + lime peel + black tea
  • Ocean Breeze: Sea salt flakes + eucalyptus leaves + pine needles
  • Cucumber Melon: Cucumber peel + melon rind + green tea + lemongrass

Holiday Blends

Seasonal specialty scents help set festive moods.

  • Frangipane Nog: Nutmeg chips + vanilla bean + brandy soaked oak chips + cinnamon sticks
  • Fireside Chesnuts: Cedarwood + clove studded orange rounds + pecans + coffee beans
  • Icy Evergreen: White pine + silver dollar eucalyptus + peppermint leaf + birch bark

Mix and match above recipes or create custom blends from scratch. Follow nose wisdom! Now time to troubleshoot any issues that crop up...

Best Herbs and Spices for Sachets

Nearly any fragrant herb, flower or spice can flavor sachet potpourri. Tailor blends to preferred scents like sweet floral, fresh herbal or warm woodsy.

These prove most pleasing and accessible:


The quintessential aroma for linen closets, lavender gives off sweet, soothing and slightly antiseptic purple perfume. It naturally repels moths and mosquitoes too. For best results, use dried actual lavender flowers or buds rather than leaves which have weaker scent.


Piney rosemary needles bring an evergreen forest kick to pantry or bathroom sachets. This hardy Mediterranean herb retains scent well for months. Plus it has a historical reputation for improving memory retention!

Lemon Verbena

Bright lemony citrus perfume uplifts moods with just a couple fresh leaves added to a sachet blend. Lemon verbena couples nicely with mint, bergamot and woods. Crushing leaves before insertion boosts oil release.


Another zingy aroma yet more camphorous, eucalyptus leaves pair well with rosemary, lavender and pine to help clear sinus congestion too. Use moderately as the potent smell can overwhelm other notes.


Similarly clean and grassy, lemongrass makes a mosquito repellent base note. Blend with ginger, black pepper and woods for extra bite. Bruise thick leaves first to unlock aroma before adding to sachets.


That unmistakable candy cane smell perks up senses instantly. Mint mixes nicely with rose petals and lemon peel for a pink lemonade effect. Crush leaves to fill rooms fast with crisp scent.

Cinnamon Sticks

Warm, spicy cinnamon infuses closets and craft rooms with cozy vibes. Studding sachets with whole cinnamon sticks also looks beautiful. Layer with clove buds and orange peels too.


On their own, these look like little black nails but release the essence of autumn when poked into oranges or mixed among potpourri. Cloves have antifungal properties as well. Use sparingly due to intense aroma.

Tea Tree

For a medicinal note, use judiciously dropped tea tree oil instead of leaves. The potent camphor-eucalyptus smell combats mold and freshens laundry rooms. Blend just a couple drops per sachet batch and avoid skin contact.

Vanilla Beans

For sweetness, vanilla beans infuse linen closets and underwear drawers with exotic orchid-like aroma. Scrape plump, oily beans first before adding halves to release full flavor.

Get creative mixing and matching! Adjust quantities until achieving your personal perfection potpourri.

aromatic herb sachet

Sachet Shapes and Sizes

You can sew sachets into various forms—not just classic compact pouches but fun character shapes too. Scale them up as big aroma pillows or down to teeny fragrance beads.

Classic Small Sachets

The quintessential version, these compact rectangular or square pouches measure around 3 inches across. Small enough to tuck discreetly among belongings yet filled with aromatic potency. Make them in stacks as fragrant closet fresheners.

Use scrap silk or lace remnants to connect to clothing history. Just adjust size to suit your application—a little bigger for lingerie drawers, smaller for hiding inside books.

Large Aromatic Pillows

Why not thoughtfully scent an entire room? Oversized sachets around 8 inches long work nicely as fragrant couch toss pillows or wall hangings. Add fun embroidery, charms or silk flower embellishments.

For bedtime ambience, rest scented pillows on corner bedposts to perfume as you sleep. Freshen giant sachets monthly by removing herbs and replacing or mixing in new additions.

Tiny Fragrance Beads

For super portability, mini spherical sachets work great tossed in gym bags, desk drawers, shoes and purses to keep things smelling fresh. Make these fragrance beads around marble sized using scrap tulle, corduroy or even patterned upholstery samples.

Use hot glue to seal edges of tiny pouches after stuffing with herbs and oils, twisting decorative cording for hangability if desired. Shake beads occasionally to reactivate aroma.

Custom Shapes

Beyond basic rectangles or spheres, craft custom sachet shapes like hearts, gingerbread people, animals or abstract freeform art pieces. The sewing process remains the same—just cut more interesting fabric outlines before stitching and stuffing.

Whip up sweet gifts like lavender bunnies, little gnomes hiding among socks, or mint leaves for tucking inside shoes to absorb odors.

Now that you’ve got shape and size ideas, let’s move onto the fun part—actually making aromatic sachets!

DIY Sewing and Assembly

Constructing herb sachets only requires simple hand sewing skills. Follow these basic steps:

Measure Fabric

Depending on the desired pouch size, cut fabric pieces about an inch or two wider than envisioned finished dimensions. This leaves room for seams and stuffing bulk. Use rectangles for classic sachets or get creative with fun outlines.

Cut Fabric

Use sharp scissors (or pinking shears for decorative edges) to cut two mirror image fabric pieces for front and back of sachets. Heavy muslin or recycled fabric works great. Stack both cut pieces.

Make Drawstring Channels

If adding a cinchable opening, fold down and press 1⁄2 inch along the top edge of the stacked fabric. Sew channels along both short sides and bottom edge only, leaving top open for drawstrings.

Sew Fabric Into Sachets

Align fabric pieces with right sides facing, matching raw edges. Sew almost all the way around perimeter using 1⁄2 inch seam allowance, leaving a 2-3 inch opening along one side.

Add Herb Blend

Turn sachet right side out through opening. Prepare aromatic blend of loose, dried herbs and spoon mixture into pouch through opening. Feel free to add decorative sprigs or ornaments too.

Finish Ribbon Ties

Hand stitch the opening. Make ribbon ties using embroidery floss or decorative cording sewn into tops of sachets. Add charms if desired.

That’s the basic construction! Embellish away with trims, beads or contrast stitching as desired. Now it’s ready for fragrant filling.

Usage and Placement Ideas

Let your aromatic imagination run wild when deploying freshly made herb sachets. Almost endless applications exist across your home, car and even as gifts.

Closets and Drawers

To scent stored clothing, tuck sachets around shelves, into socks and pockets, nestled among sweaters or lingerie. Freshen go-to garments like workout wear. Sachets prevent musty odors.

Kitchen Cabinets and Pantries

Hide minty mini sachets between plates and bowls to perfume dishes as used. Keep gingerbread men inside cookie jars and cinnamon stick pouches inside spice cupboards. Deploy lemon verbena beads inside your utensil crock.


Bring the spa home with sank-side potpourri and pouches secretly placed behind toilet brush holders. Rosemary and eucalyptus clear sinuses from steamy showers, while lavender calms atmospheres.

Pet Areas

Repel fleas and freshen pet beds and crates with custom sachets. Use mild ingredients like oatmeal powder or lavender instead of intensely strong spices. Change frequently to prevent irritation.


Place drop-sized fragrance beads or mini sachets inside console cups, glove boxes, floor mats and trunks to keep vehicles smelling cleaner between detailing. Cedar and orange potpourris give off friendly notes.

Guest Rooms

Welcome visitors with room sprays and aromatic guest pillows. Present them as gifts atop fresh towels paired with artisanal soaps. Design blends to align with moods—energizing citrus and mint for daytime, relaxing lavender and vanilla for bedtime.


Personalized sachets make heartfelt DIY gifts year round for any occasion. Tailor wrapping ribbons, charm embellishments and fragrance profiles to the recipient. Give teachers uplifting lemon verbena, besties sweet rose pods and grandparents relaxing lavender.

The options are endless for scenting every space with purposeful potpourri! Tweak ingredients seasonally too for holiday specialness.

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Want artisanal quality cedar at ready reach? My small batch cedar sachets are handcrafted using premium Eastern Red Cedar chips.

Compared to commercial box store varieties, these aromatic wood chippings contain 3X more oil for unbeatable fresh-sawn cedar potency. Custom sized muslin pouches draw out camphorous aroma perfect for closets, chests and wardrobes.

red cedar sachets

Displaying Sachets

Now that you’ve stuffed jars, slipped sachets into shoes and peppered pouches among pantries, here are some other cute ideas for showcasing herbal aroma pouches:

Bowl Filler

Pile pint-sized potpourri bags into a glass hurricanes vase as fragrant décor, letting colors and textures show. Nestle custom shapes among dried botanicals and pillar candles on sideboards or mantles. Reminiscent of old curiosity cabinets!

Group sachets by color story or scent profile. Switch out displays seasonally if gifting some pouches. Give gently poke piles daily to refresh aromas.

Hanging and Tying

Show off sewing skills by displaying sachets tied onto door handles, draped along a headboard or dangling from rearview mirrors. Use decorative cord, raffia, ribbon or even metallic cord for pretty and functional craft décor.

Tie big sachets onto wrapped gifts as aromatic, sustainable alternative to bows. The possibilities are endless for visibly infusing spaces with herbaceous aroma!

Hidden Inside Drawers

For more subtle scenting, tuck tiny sachets among folded sweater sleeves, inside luggage pouches or underwear drawers to privately perfume possessions. Let guests discover delightful smells as they access items.

Use strong spices like clove studded orange peels or vanilla beans for these hidden surprises so aroma permeates surrounding fabrics and rooms. Shhh...aromatic secret!

Caring for Sachets

To extend lifespan of beloved herb-filled sachets:

Refresh Herbs When Faded

As moisture evaporates, sachet potency inevitably fades even when seemingly still full. About once a month, peek inside pouches and gently fluff contents to reactivate oils. Add fresh herbs as existing ones lose pungency.

If using drawstring versions, empty bags fully every couple months then compost old blend before replacing with renewed aromatic mix.

Hand Wash Fabric as Needed

If sachet fabric absorbs oils over time or simply gets dirty from handling, gently hand wash covers only using mild soap in cool water. Let fully air dry before reusing. This refreshes outside while retaining beloved inner blend.

With occasional refreshing and restarting, judiciously crafted sachets should last 6-12 months if not longer. Now let’s get blending!

Troubleshooting Tips

Most herb-stuffed sachet issues come down to aroma strength and staining potential:

Issues with Strong Smells

Spices like clove and oils like eucalyptus easily overwhelm other notes quickly. Use extreme moderation, adding just a few buds or 1-2 drops oil max to blends. Start smaller and add more over time. You can always add more but not remove!

Problems with Weak Scents

As moisture evaporates, sachet potency fades despite seeming full. Fluff contents monthly and add fresh herbs as existing ones exhaust. Fully replace innards seasonally for renewed aroma power.

What to Do if Herbs Stain Fabric

Certain ingredients like cloves, cinnamon and cedar tend to bleed pigments onto fabrics over time or when wet. Choose non-delicate, darker fabric less likely to show stains for these spices. Or double wrap spices in cheesecloth inside pouches to minimize marking.

Sachet crafting delivers hands-on satisfaction paired with herbaceous home infusion. Hopefully these recipes, designs and troubleshooting tips set you up for aromatic DIY success! Let your abode emanate the essence of nature from every drawer and closet.

Now...what essential oil should we try in the next room? Happy scent-sational crafting!

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