How to Make Scented Wardrobe Sachets

How to Make a scented wardrobe sachet with pictures

A quick and easy way to keep your wardrobe smelling fresh is with scented sachets! It’s super easy and cheap to make as you can use any material from old clothes and make them smell nice from old dried flowers, such as roses or lavender.

I had this beautiful material leftover from Hillarys Blinds after making my makeup brush holder. I didn’t want it to go to waste so here’s what I did…

What You Need:

Material measuring 10cm by 10cm (small) or 20cm by 20cm (large) – make two of each

Dried potpourri OR cotton wool balls with scented oil OR rice

Cotton thread and needle or sewing machine

Scissors, pen or pencil for marking and ribbon

Step 1: Sewing the Outline

peacock material diy scented sachets

Take the material that you’ve cut to size (it’s the same process for small and large sachets) and put the two of the same sized pieces together, making sure that the nice design is sandwiched between them whilst the reverse is on the outside.

sewing scented sachet with pictures

Sew (either by hand or using a sewing machine) all around the edges, about 1cm in.

As shown above – leave a 2/3cm gap in one corner. Once done, secure the cotton threads and cut the leftovers to neaten it up.

This step may be tricky: Turn inside out using blunt scissors or pencil, making sure the corners have come out too.

Step 2: Making it Smelly!

how to make a smelly bag for wardrobe

If You’re Adding Dried Flowers: Get potpourri or dry your own flowers to put into the sachets (or use cotton balls here with scented essential oils or even just rice!), I’ve used dried roses for the small sachet. Carefully fill up your sachet that you’ve created using the gap that you’ve left.

potpurri in sachet for wardrobe sachet

I prefer to make the sachets flat so about a couple of centimetres thick. Once you’re happy with the size move on to Step 3.

If You’re Using Cotton and Scented Oils: Add drops of scented oil onto each piece of cotton that you use before putting inside the sachet. I’ve used an Orange Sweet aromatherapy oil in my large wardrobe sachet and padded it out evenly.

orange sweet oil

I made it about two centimetres thick and was generous with the oil. If you get tired of using it as a wardrobe sachet, you can always use this one as a scented drawer liner! Now for the last step…

peacock cotton scented orange sweet

Step 3: The Finishing Touches

peacock hillarys blinds scented wardrobe sachets

Before sewing up the gaps to your sachet, cut your choice of ribbon to the length of a few inches. You can experiment with the ribbon as you might like it longer so that they hang more off your hanger. You might even want a thin ribbon so that it goes unnoticed. I however went for a thick ribbon to match the peacock and this is what it looks like on a hanger…

scented sachet on hanger

scented wardrobe sachet on hanger

Be sure to sew up the gap by hand with the edge of the ribbon inside and make it as unseen as possible so that it doesn’t ruin your work.

Have fun crafting!

Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.


  • April 25, 2014


    Lovely project and just perfect for all those little scraps we can’t bring ourselves to throw away!

    • April 26, 2014


      Thank you and exactly, I hate throwing nice material away – no matter how small! Glad I’m not alone 🙂