Handmade Moth-Repellent Sachets

Despite their effectiveness, no one likes walking around smelling like a mothball. Here's an adorable (and great smelling!) alternative — handmade moth-repellent sachets.
Moth Repellent Sachets Made of Old Wool Sweaters

Moth Repellent Sachets Made of Old Wool Sweaters

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Greener
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Sachets filled with aromatic herbs make useful and attractive gifts. Moths dislike the strong smell of lavender and herbs such as rosemary, southernwood, tansy and woodruff, so use a combination of these dried plants for the filling. Use any recycled material to make the sachets, but if you have a favorite old wool sweater you can no longer wear, shrink it and use the soft, felted fabric.

Materials Needed:

  • shrunken, 100 percent wool garment, or oddments of fabric
  • scissors
  • template; reduce the size of the template if you want to make more sachets
  • pins
  • cotton thread and needle, or sewing machine
  • recycled ribbon and buttons
  • filling of dried lavender, and strong-smelling herbs such as rosemary, southernwood, tansy and woodruff
  • Download: Dried Herb Sachets Pattern

Step 1

Cut down one side of the garment and open it out flat, right side facing down. If you use the sleeves, cut them off and turn them inside out.

Cut Wool Piece

Cut Wool Piece

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Pin the template in place and cut out two rectangular shapes. Then align and pin the shapes together, right sides facing inward.

Cut Rectangular Fabric Shapes

Cut Rectangular Fabric Shapes

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Sew around the edges, leaving a small seam and the top or the cuff unsewn. Then turn the sachet the right side out.

Sew Sachet Around Edges Leaving Top Open

Sew Sachet Around Edges Leaving Top Open

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4

Cut some small hearts from the spare fabric. Sew them and a button onto the sachet or a ribbon, fill the sachet and secure with the ribbon.

Embellish Sachet With Felt Hearts, Buttons

Embellish Sachet With Felt Hearts, Buttons

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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