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DIY: Make 1860s-Inspired Lavender Sachets

Saturday, June 20, 2015

It’s been a soggy week here at the Park thanks to Tropical Storm Bill and his continual bands of rain. Today is the last day for making lavender sachets during Hands-On History Hour, so we hope you’ll join us at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. (maybe while Dad attends the pioneer survival class at the 1830s site?!)

But if you aren’t able to join us, why not give this 1860s-inspired craft a try at home?

Lavender has a soothing, calming quality that is perfect for creating a relaxing atmosphere. Placed in a pillow or bedroom, lavender can help people sleep; in a closet, wardrobe or dresser, lavender keeps clothes and linens smelling fresh. Lavender or violet-filled sachets were popular in the 1860s and 1870s; ladies kept them in their handkerchief or linen drawers.

DIY: How to Make 1860s-Style Lavender Sachets


You’ll need:

– Dried Lavender
– Ribbon
– Square scraps of cloth
– Needle (optional)
– Thread (optional)


1. Skip to step two unless you want to get fancy. If you want to get fancy, fold your square cloth into a triangle and sew one side closed. Then flip the sachet inside out. 


2. Place a spoonful or two of the dried lavender in the center of the square. (Or, if you’re going the fancy route, stick a spoonful of lavender in the pouch you made in step one.) Take an extra sniff or two because it smells awesome. The pioneers might have grown lavender in their herb gardens.


3. Gather up all four corners and tie tightly with a ribbon. Or, for the fancier version, use a needle and ribbon to sew the top of your sachet so that it is tightly closed and none of the lavender will fall out.


4. Put your sachet in your sock drawer, pillow or dresser. Enjoy!