How to Make Potpourri Bags

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How to Make Potpourri Bags
Create sachets from fragrant potpourri. (Dried flowers image by MAXFX from

After making your dried floral potpourri, display it in decorative bowls to add fragrance to a room, or stuff potpourri bags, to make sachets for tucking into your linen closet or lingerie drawer. Potpourri bags also make fragrant homemade gifts. After you make the bags, decorate with lace trim, needlepoint, or by gluing on ornamental embellishments, if desired. If you choose to decorate the exterior of your potpourri bags, do it before stuffing with potpourri.

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Things you need

  • Fabric, 12 inches by 4 inches
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Ribbon

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  1. 1

    Lay the piece of fabric right side down on the ironing board.

  2. 2

    Fold one 4-inch end over ¼ inch to make a hem. Press with a hot iron. Repeat at the other 4-inch end.

  3. 3

    Run a stitch over each folded end with the sewing machine to secure the hems on both ends of the fabric.

  4. 4

    Fold the fabric in half, with the right side in, creating a 6-by-4 inch pouch. The hemmed ends will be the top of the finished pouch.

  5. 5

    Sew up each 6-inch side of the folded piece, using the sewing machine, making a ¼-inch seam. This turns the piece of fabric into a small bag or pouch.

  6. 6

    Turn the pouch right side out.

  7. 7

    Stuff the pouch with dried potpourri.

  8. 8

    Secure the top of the pouch by tying with ribbon; tie into a bow.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't have a sewing machine, sew the bag by hand.

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