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Scent bags- from recycled fabric!
Some lovely scent bags to fill fill cotton wool/rags and essential oils to make your house smell nice!

Why stop there? You can hang them in your airing cupboard, drawers and wardrobes!

This will show you 3 ways to make a scent bag. ( for want of a better name!)

Posted by Veenessar from Ipswich, England, United Kingdom • Published See Veenessar's 19 projects »
  • Step 1

    *NOTE: The bottom of sleeves work really well for this project.

    Take a piece of scrap fabric, doesn't matter what size.

    Cut it to a rectangular/ square shape.

    If it is small then skip to Step 3
    Also skip to Step 3 if you're feeling lazy or haven't got much time.

  • How to make a scent pouches. Scent Bags - Step 2
    Step 2

    My scraps tended to be sleeves from shirts or jumpers, so I only had to sew up the 'bottom'. I left the cuff part open.

    Turn the scrap inside out and sew the bottom of the rectangle shut.
    (sew the other sides shut to leave just ONE side open)

  • How to make a scent pouches. Scent Bags - Step 3
    Step 3

    If you didn't use a sleeve then once you have sewn 3 sides together then just add in the insides (which I will explain at the end) and tie the top shut with a piece of ribbon or scrap string.

    (The purple bag in the pic was completed like this)

  • How to make a scent pouches. Scent Bags - Step 4
    Step 4

    Turn right sides out

    If you have used a sleeve, then you can do what I did and go to the top of the rectangle that is open and cut two small slits either side of the inside seam.

    (see pic)

  • How to make a scent pouches. Scent Bags - Step 5
    Step 5

    Get your scrap string or piece of ribbon... and attach the safety pin to the end.

    The safety pin will make it easier to thread the string/ribbon

  • How to make a scent pouches. Scent Bags - Step 6
    Step 6

    You want to thread the safety pin through one of the holes.
    Work it around, through the fabric, till it comes out of the 2nd hole..

    This will now be a drawstring bag!

  • How to make a scent pouches. Scent Bags - Step 7
    Step 7

    When I used the shirt sleeve- I cut the cuff off and was left with the wrist to elbow section.

    I did not have a ready made drawstring around the top so I followed steps 1&2 then turned the top edge over and hemmed.

    Make sure to leave the sides open, to be able to pass the string/ribbon through.

    Also make sure you make the 'tunnel' big/wide enough to pass string/ribbon through.

  • How to make a scent pouches. Scent Bags - Step 8
    Step 8

    Once all bags are sewn- collect rags/ scraps or cotton wool and apply your essential oil to it.

  • How to make a scent pouches. Scent Bags - Step 9
    Step 9

    Then tie up bags and place them around your house!

    Place them on radiators in the winter for them to scent your house when the radiators are turned on.

    Good luck!

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Veenessar · Ipswich, England, GB · 19 projects
That's a really good idea!

I've found the oil I put in actually wares off after about a month... but I just re-oil the cotton wool and they smell all nice again!

Also I think i've gotten used to the smell so I don't smell it as much Happy

Never thought of using them as shoe inserts! What a grand idea! Thanks!

Emma B.
Emma B. · Brisbane, Queensland, AU · 2 projects
These are great - I have made them before but for my scent I used dried lavender flowers (if the scent starts to wear off you give them a good "scrunch" and the lavender naturally re-oils). These are also good for scented shoe inserts to keep your shoes nice - just make them triangles instead of squares. Happy

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