Handmade Heart Sachet or Air Freshener

by Destri on January 30, 2010

Handmade Scented Rice Sachets
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How cute are these?  You should smell them…they smell good.  So good you could eat ‘em.  I made these for a few of the ladies in my life for Valentine’s day, but I might keep them now.  They are so easy and you can use them as a sachet for your closet or for a room air freshener, or your car, or your husbands shoes, oh the possibilities are endless…and you could even use felt for a no-sew option.  Shall we get started?


  • Fabric
  • All your sewing stuff
  • Yarn if you want to hang it
  • Rice (instant is more porous)
  • Fragrance oil
  • Ribbon or rick rack if you want

Start by dropping a few drops of oil in the rice and stir.  A little goes a long way!  Set aside.

Start by cutting out two pieces of whatever shape you want it to be, in my case it was a heart for Valentine’s day.  Mine were a little too big at ten inches for the widest point my next ones I will cut down two inches.   If you want to make them smaller, they would be great hung in a car or on a hanger of a favorite coat.

If you are using some kind of ribbon or rickrack pin it to the right side of one piece then put the other piece on top, right sides together and pin.  If you are adding a loop of yarn to hang from, pin it in now.

Now sew the two together using a ½ inch inseam, and a two inch opening on a straight side.  When you get to the peak of the heart, make sure the needle is down and lift the foot to rotate it.  It’s just easier that way.

Lastly, fill the hearts with the rice and carefully sew shut.  Easy peasy pumpkin pie!  So easy you can make a few for yourself.

Happy Valentine-ing!

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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

Traci January 30, 2010 at 6:21 pm

These are SO SO SO Cute! Great job. They even look easy enough for ME to make! Awesome job!

I can almost smell them from here!!!!



Destri January 30, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Traci, they were sooooooo easy, I made four in under an hour. And yes they smell fabulous, I used brown sugar and fig and tropical something or other, yummy!


Candace January 30, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Very cute. Love the rick rack/crocheted trim! Did you make that too? If not, do tell where you found it?

Please say you bought it…Gracie Lou’s?


Destri January 30, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Oh you know it was Gracie Lou’s….I saw it and thought now what can I make with this…and that fabric, oh that fabric, I would love to make a duvet out of it, the whole line is beautiful, it has a linen look to it…I think Shasta is going to make a duvet, if she does I will post it.


Aubrey January 30, 2010 at 9:48 pm

So so cute Destri! I’ve got my sewing machine out…I’m really going to try these. I also loved the rick rack/crocheted trim…at first I thought you made it…and was wondering where in the world you find the time to do that!?


Kim January 31, 2010 at 6:27 am

Those are very cute! Since you can pick the shape and fabric, you can make them to suite any taste ans style. I love homemade gifts!
By the way, those are WAY too cute to hide in the undie drawer. :-)


Kate January 31, 2010 at 8:57 am

These are beautiful. I love the idea. So in a past life I was an aromatherapist using beautiful essential oils to massage aches away…. pure plant extracts that have marvellous properties including, if you chose to believe, aphrodisiac properties. You’re right a little goes a long way, but how about these combinations:

patchouli and mandarin
Ylang Ylang and grapefruit
Rose (if you really want to splash out!)
Jasmine (ditto above)
Sandalwood and orange


Destri January 31, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Oh I love patchouli, I have never thought to pair it with mandarin….yummy

I love how you pair them all with citrus, my favorite!
Can I have a massage when I see you tomorrow?! Can’t wait to see you!!


Jileen January 31, 2010 at 10:02 pm

Where do you find fragrance oils? Hobby Lobby maybe?


Destri January 31, 2010 at 10:20 pm

You can actually find them at wal-mart, they wont be the best quality but they will work. I have seen them in the craft section.
The ones I used are from The Body Shop I think….
Or you can get really nice ones at a health food store.
I bet Hobby Lobby would have them too.
They are usually by the Reed diffuser materials…
does that help?


Cindy February 1, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I love these! I just had some lavender buds delivered today with the hopes of making sachets. Yours are just great! — and I love that trim.



vanessa February 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm

These are lovely!
Everytime I try to sew something with rounded edges (like these hearts) they end up not being so round…is there a secret to this or do I just need more practice?


Cathy February 1, 2010 at 3:19 pm

They are simply beautiful! I would have never thought of the rice with the fragrance oils. What a cute gift idea! Thank you for sharing. :)


Jana February 12, 2010 at 10:22 am

What a great idea! I’ll have to make some of these for next year.


Lauren February 12, 2010 at 10:25 am

I made lavender hearts too! Your’s are fancier than mine though. Thanks for the tutorial!


Michelle February 12, 2010 at 11:04 am

Oh I love those! the crochet trim just really sets them off!


Mandy Noble February 12, 2010 at 11:27 am

They are lovely!!


amylouwho February 12, 2010 at 12:53 pm

excellent! I love this idea. I even have a bunch of scented oils laying around. Maybe I need to whip up a few this weekend. Again, glad you found us!


Carla February 12, 2010 at 1:31 pm

what a clever idea. I’ll have to try this. They must smell so pretty too.


Andrea February 12, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I think lovely is the right word!


kim February 12, 2010 at 2:27 pm

very cute & easy! handmade gifts are the best :) especially handmade gifts that make your husband’s shoes smell better.


Destri February 12, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Finally someone mentions that! Seriously, I think I will make little round ones and coat the rice in baking soda and give to him….Thanks kim!


Vicki February 12, 2010 at 3:24 pm

So cute and I love the trim you used! I also like the shoe idea:)


tara February 12, 2010 at 7:45 pm

I love the trim on the hearts. They are great. And scented rice? Awesome idea. Very inspirational.


Nina @ mama Roux February 13, 2010 at 10:31 am

Sweet little vintage hearts! Great idea, thanks for the tutorial…


Kolleen February 13, 2010 at 5:16 pm

Oooo so pretty


Leslie February 16, 2010 at 8:15 am

such a cute little sachet….great finish.


Rene' February 16, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Great project. Love the fabrics. Thanks for the tutorial.


Cheryl January 24, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Very Nice tutorial, Beautiful Pictures


Amanda January 24, 2011 at 8:00 pm

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Su2y January 27, 2012 at 5:06 am

Love those! I think I might try the felt option for the man in my life and maybe put his favourite aftershave on the rice. Would be nice to keep in his wardrobe :-)


Destri January 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Oh that is a really good idea. My hubby travels for work a lot, so it would be nice for his suitcase. Thanks for the idea! I would love to see pics if you make any!


Karen hornsten January 27, 2012 at 5:20 am

I pinned this DIY in DIYs I Love. It is so simple, well photographed, and darling. Most of all it is quick. Thanks so much. I am a paper arts gal and just might fit my kusudama flowers into this project somewhere. Karen


Destri January 29, 2012 at 8:52 pm

You’re welcome! Thank you :) I would love to know how it turns out with the flowers!


Jill January 30, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I’ve made four of these in the last few days…two for preschool teacher Valentine gifts and two for mother/mother-in-law. Very cute! (I haven’t quite mastered the peak area…when I turn right side out, the fabric in my peaks are scrunched…maybe I didn’t stop correctly and turn with needle down??). Now I just need to make one more for myself!


Janine February 16, 2013 at 4:19 am

Hi there! I am looking forward to making some of these as favours for my wedding :) But I wondered – do you know how long the scent lasts? My wedding is in September, and I don’t want to make them too early and lose the scent……


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