Despite their effectiveness, no one likes walking around smelling like a mothball. Here's an adorable (and great smelling!) alternative handmade moth-repellent sachets.
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.
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.
Pin the template in place and cut out two rectangular shapes. Then align and pin the shapes together, right sides facing inward.
Sew around the edges, leaving a small seam and the top or the cuff unsewn. Then turn the sachet the right side out.
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.
Excerpted from A Greener Christmas
© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2008