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Organza Sachets




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.


  • 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


  1. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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.

Martha Stewart Living, April 1998



Reviews (9)

  • rootabaga 10 Apr, 2011

    I am planning to use homegrown herbs and rose petals to fill lace and tiny doilies bought at tag sales.

  • makinstuff 14 Dec, 2008

    I have some in my drawers that I got a couple years ago. Occasionally you just sort of squeeze them around a little bit to release more oils from the herbs. Mine are still going strong!

  • westwoman32 20 Oct, 2008

    Does anyone know how long the smell will last? I want to make some for christmas presents but don't know how much ahead of time they can be made?

  • fabriccrafts 6 Sep, 2008

    Organza can be purchased inexpensively at: or

  • Lilmouse22 6 Aug, 2008

    I have purchased small organza bags in both Michael's and A C Moore. They have ribbon drawstring openings and I just filled them with whatever petals, potpourri or dried herb and spice mixes I have been making and they are wonderful. Just did lemon verbena/patchouli ones with cloves, dried roses, lavendar and cloves and cinnamon earlier this summer and now getting ready to do wormwood,tansy and clove ones next. Dried all my own herbs and purchased cloves and cinnamon. Great "tuck in" gifts.

  • BEEVY 3 Aug, 2008

    I would love to make these organza sachets.
    But unfortunately I have never been able to purchase this material.
    Can I send for some or does anyone have a source for organza'
    thanks, BEEVY

  • junet 26 Feb, 2008

    I ran across your site while surfing for craft ideas. These sachets sound easy, fun and would make a nice addition to the name tag or bow on a gift bag or package. Where would one find the fragrance herbs to put inside the sachet?

  • craftingC 18 Jan, 2008

    I enjoyed watching you do this craft on TV and brought back memories when my grandmother used these in her drawers. Can hardly wait to make some for me and others.

  • nashwahinai 16 Dec, 2007

    Thank you soo much Martha for this idea, I have many dry roses which i kept them in a big bowl but now I'm gonna use them and will add spices and i can make use of them as well as the gift.
    Thank you again, you are my hero.
    Mary X-mas