Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 1998

Introduction

Sometimes you'll open your closet to find that moths have dined on your clothing, leaving holes in the fabric as their calling card. Mothballs are an effective way to prevent damage, but their distinct smell is unpleasant. However, certain herbs, such as lavender, tansy, and wormwood, not only are sweet smelling but also have moth-repellent properties. Combine these herbs in a sachet to put in closets or drawers; organza sachets are easy to make and are a lovely, practical holiday gift.

materials

  • Two 4-inch squares of organza

  • Matching thread

  • Sewing needle

  • Pins

  • Lavender, wormwood, cedar, or patchouli

  • Rosemary, tansy, cinnamon, or cloves

  • Pouch

  • Funnel

  • Mixing bowl

  • Pinking shears

  • Decorative ribbon

steps

  1. Pin together two 4-inch squares of organza, and sew a tight zigzag stitch around the perimeter, leaving a 1/2-inch seam allowance; keep a 1-inch opening on one side.

  2. Mix 2 parts of either lavender, wormwood, cedar, or patchouli with 1 part of either rosemary, tansy, cinnamon, or cloves. Pour the mixture into the pouch with a funnel.

  3. Sew the opening closed with a tight zigzag stitch, and trim the edges with pinking shears. Make three or four sachets, and tie them together with a decorative ribbon to present as a gift.

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