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Lavender Drawer Liner

Lavender sachets offer a wonderful way to infuse your clothes with a sweet scent. You can also create an aromatic liner for your whole drawer with a washable fabric and Velcro. Experiment with other naturally fragrant substances such as cedar, which is muskier than lavender and has the added benefit of discouraging insects.

Materials

  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Fabric, such as prewashed linen
  • Straight pins
  • Chalk
  • 1/2-inch-wide Velcro
  • About 12 ounces dried lavender
  • Measuring cup
  • Funnel

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Measure the length and width of the inside of the drawer, and add 1/2 inch to each dimension for seam allowances.

  2. Step 2

    Cut two pieces of fabric to these measurements, and pin them together, wrong sides facing. Using chalk, divide the length of the pinned fabric into thirds. For adding and removing dried lavender, mark three 4-inch openings on one of the fabric's long sides, centered within each section.

  3. Step 3

    Stitch the two pieces of fabric all the way around, stopping at the three openings. Clip the corners. With an iron, press open the seam allowance on the side with the openings.

  4. Step 4

    Cut three 4-inch lengths of Velcro. Pin Velcro to the inside of the seam allowance at the openings to make sure the Velcro lines up with the pressed edge. Sew Velcro to seam allowance.

  5. Step 5

    Turn the liner right side out through one of the openings, and press.

  6. Step 6

    To divide the liner into thirds, topstitch two rows. Fill each pocket with about 4 ounces dried lavender.

Reviews (40)

  • garciafamily10431 11 Jun, 2009

    It will be wonderful if you add step by step picutres to your projects because people like me sometimes get confuse to writing instrucions.sorry.
    thank you
    mena

  • Dulcist 7 Jun, 2009

    Could one use Rosemary also? I have a large plant in my garden that smells wonderful... Just a thought...

  • cookiesgalore 8 Sep, 2008

    You can re-energize dried lavender by putting in 10-20 drops
    of essential lavender oil (real lavender oil). It lasts pretty long.
    Also, as they state above:
    "cedar, which is muskier than lavender and has the
    added benefit of discouraging insects."

    Well...lavender is ALSO a BIG discourager of insects! Bugs hate the scent (especially wool eating moths).

  • Jo-AnnP 22 Apr, 2008

    Why didn't I think of this? I purchased 2 lavender organza pillow liners about 3yrs ago, when they stopped smelling fresh I didn't know what to do with them, I loved them and didn't want to throw them away. So grateful that I did not throw them away because they are now filled with "new" lavender, from my own garden. Thank you for that tip. I am again sleeping on lavender..

  • CraftTestDummies 20 Apr, 2008

    Great idea using the tea towels! I have some hand-embroidered pillow cases, and I think I'll use those. I'm going to add a cup of lavender and then baste it closed with my machine. Then I'll flatten it out, and add some long basting stiches to "quilt" the lavender in. Thanks for the great ideas! Jenny at CraftTestDummies.com

  • HolJen 16 Apr, 2008

    This message is for cattsmeow.....one word for you: LUCKY.........boy that festival sounds great.I bet the aroma is truly amazing!

  • lavendercraft 15 Apr, 2008

    For years now, I've been using a combination of dried English lavender, whole cloves,black peppercorns and cinnamon sticks as insect repellent in my linen closet and drawers and it works a treat. Dried lavender is very useful: I stuff old socks with it and put it in all of my shoes that I don't use;I filled an old tin box half full with it and put my stash of birthday cards, wrapped in tissue paper; I have little organza bags filled with it in the soft toy box, etc.

  • bethstitches 14 Apr, 2008

    Try two layers of wrapping paper. Reg gift paper with a 2nd layer of tissue. Apply glue around the edges-bottom layer. Sprinkle a good amount of lavender in unglued center area. Apply the layer of tissue paper pressing at edges to seal in the lavender. Allow glued to dry. Some prefer no sew glue. You can still use pretty fabrics with raw edges and glue gun it! Fray is lacy. A bright color bottom

  • CattzMeow 13 Apr, 2008

    There are so many things that you can do with lavender. I live in Sequim, WA, which is considered the Lavender Capital of North America, is similar to the Provence region of France. In July of every year we hold a "Lavender Festival". It is a great time and place to cut your own lavender and learn many new culinary and craft techniques. This Lavender drawer liner will be perfect for the festival!!!!

  • BonRose 13 Apr, 2008

    website: www.pelindaba.com
    email: orders@pelindaba.com
    It is in the WA state area on an island that grows their own Lavender. My sister visits (she lives in Seattle) once a year. She says that it is a bit pricey, but well worth it. So is the visit if you are in the area.

  • LouLou2007 13 Apr, 2008

    For more info about Herbs just email me at fplpdreamteam@charter.net

  • LouLou2007 13 Apr, 2008

    (continued) and Dill.Chemicals destroy Herbs.Even the ones that are homemade, so 2 speak can cause stains 2 be left.

  • LouLou2007 13 Apr, 2008

    MomLinda,N purchasing Lavender,B aware of how the Lavender was grown. B sure the Lavender is CHEMICAL FREE or when U need 2 replace or take the Lavender U-R using out 2 replace it you'll find it will stain whatever U-R using it 4.I've grown Herbs 4 years.Lavender is our major Herb we grow along with Basil

  • foodienancyb 13 Apr, 2008

    Dry your own lavender flowers or herb leaves such as mint or pennyroyal in small bunches held together with a rubber band slipped over a pegs or hooks. Pennyroyal will also deter insects.

  • mji2007 13 Apr, 2008

    MomLinda, look in the phone book for health food or an herb shop. I actually found the best price at a little shop downtown that seems like it's geared toward wiccans, but there it is...the best price...I think 67 cents per ounce. Lots of other dried herbs too that are fun to try in sachets.

  • bird-lette 13 Apr, 2008

    Health food stores like Whole Foods sell lavendar in bulk!

  • wmagick 13 Apr, 2008

    in the early fall, there are a lot of sweet clover, it has a soft sweet vanilla scent, found all over northern ontario, I would bet that would work very nicely, or some dried lilac, roses, even rosemary, any flower that has a scent. Simply hang upside down to dry. Most retain a nice scent. Another addition could be using the scent for an aromatherapy too.

  • wmagick 13 Apr, 2008

    in the early fall, there are a lot of sweet clover, it has a soft sweet vanilla scent, found all over northern ontario, I would bet that would work very nicely, or some dried lilac, roses, even rosemary, any flower that has a scent. Simply hang upside down to dry. Most retain a nice scent. Another addition could be using the scent for an aromatherapy too.

  • SMChase 13 Apr, 2008

    My mother in the 50's did this and all my undies and tee shirts always had a fresh smell. My mother and I use a zipper but Velcro would work great. I've done it since a became a mother in the 60's and have always grown my own lavender, my grand daughters love it now. great memories.

  • TracyO62 13 Apr, 2008

    MomLinda - What a wonderful idea you have for your dresser! You should try growing your own lavender! It's really easy to grow and comes back every year. Isn't Martha great?! Tracy

  • tarzile 13 Apr, 2008

    I love this idea. Really.

  • SWoodrich 13 Apr, 2008

    http://www.purplehazelavender.com/

    I've purchased lavender for knitted sachets from this source and it was wonderful. I haven't tried any of their other products, but I'm dying to. I also tossed a tiny bit into lavender scented bath bombs that I made for Christmas this year. Good luck with your craft!
    suz

  • slcbaker 13 Apr, 2008

    NOT ONLY DO I HAVE SPRING AND SUNSHINE TODAY IN UTAH...BUT NOW I FIND THIS GREAT IDEA.....I GROWN LAVENDER PLANTS IN MY GARDEN BUT NEVER GAVE MUCH THOUGHT AS TO WHAT TO USE ALL THE DRIED FLOWER FOR...I CAN HARDLY WAIT TO MAKE THESE DRAWER LINERS AND WAIT UNTIL
    MY PLANTS BLOOM AGAIN!!

  • vlazear 13 Apr, 2008

    Where does one get dried lavender in these quantities? Thanks.

  • MomofDylan 13 Apr, 2008

    Saphire54, I will take a stab at clarifying (somebody please correct me if I am wrong!):
    The finished product has 3 separate pockets for lavender, each with a 4 inch opening. Thus there is a row of 3 openings along one of the long sides - the openings are closed with velcro. Does that help?

  • Anna_Marie 13 Apr, 2008

    Another way to add scent to your dresser drawers is to use the perfume samples out of magazines (the ones you pull apart to "activate"). Not as pretty as this idea, but it is an easy and free way to keep your clothes smelling extra good!

  • geekygrandma 13 Apr, 2008

    What a great idea - I'm going to try this right away. Everybody - also check out Lavender Sachets and Hanger Sachets on this site. I found links to these by scrolling down to the very bottom of this page under *Other Great Ideas* as well as in the upper right-hand-corner of this page under *Also Try*
    They would go great with these drawer liners. I have my own lavender plants and always have lots of dried lavender available.

  • henlady169 13 Apr, 2008

    to Suehan, regarding where to get cedar...try the pet section. Some folks sell it as pet bedding.

  • merrydodge 13 Apr, 2008

    A wonderful dried lavender grown in the Texas Hill Country can be purchased from Hill Country Lavender (www.hillcountrylavender.com). I love it's scent!

  • saphire54 13 Apr, 2008

    I'm having a hard time visualizing where the openings should be. Can anybody enlighten me? I wish there were a diagram... a picture is worth a thousand words!

  • suehan 13 Apr, 2008

    where can I find dried cedar?

  • JUDYBUG44 13 Apr, 2008

    There is a lavender farm in Lewes, DE

  • dianntg 13 Apr, 2008

    To find a source for lavender, Google lavender farms (state) and you should find several sources. It may take a bit of clicking to find a farm close to you or order dried lavender in bulk but it's worth it. Lavender is typically grown in California and Oregon because their climates are similar to southern France.

  • mssell 13 Apr, 2008

    Here's a place I've used: www.missronaslavender.com

  • MomLinda 13 Apr, 2008

    I have some old linen tea towels that would be perfect for this, and I can put the drawer liner in my dresser that has been in my family for at least 4 generations. It'll be perfect, the towels, and dresser both came from the same grandmother. Now all I have to do is find a really good source for the lavender. Any suggestions?

  • Patrilla 13 Apr, 2008

    For years my daughters and I have been making little lavender sachets as gifts, perfect for little ones with the most basic sewing skills. It's also a great way to have them learn to use the sewing machine. With a few scraps of fabric and ribbon for hanging, these sachets can not only be placed in drawers but hung by ribbon loops over clothes hanger to impart that wonderful fragrance in the closet as well. Great gifts for teachers too.

  • winterbeach 13 Apr, 2008

    I am so going to do this. I get 100% linen sheets from my friend in France and lavendar from another friend on Salspring Island here in beautiful BC. I love the concept of sweet smelling clothes and using things from other places married with your always wonderful and useful ideas. Keep them coming.

  • Auntsadie 13 Apr, 2008

    The timing on this is so right. Just bought an antique English wardrobe with drawers in one side and I was wishing for some scented liner!

  • Shelay 8 Apr, 2008

    Great Idea! Now I know what to do with my lavender plants. I heard about lavender oil too. Do you know how to make this too? Thanks!

  • Lorraineabetkoff 28 Mar, 2008

    This is a great concept, I'm going to use on all undiies drawers! Thank you Martha.