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Tracing Paper Sachets

These pretty little sachets look like something you'd discover in an elegant Parisian boutique, but they're quite easy to make. Fill them with sweet-smelling potpourri, and tuck them into Christmas stockings or give them as small gifts. We used a mixture of dried lavender, calendula, chamomile, and roses for our potpourri; a few drops of lily-of-the-valley and freesia-scented oils enhance the fragrance. Add a teaspoon of orris root, a fixative, to help retain the potpourri's scent.

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


  • Dried flowers for potpourri

  • Orris root

  • 1/2 yard silk organza

  • 1/2 yard tracing paper from a roll, or two sheets from a pad

  • Ruler

  • Scissors

  • Rotary cutter

  • Mat

  • Needles

  • Seam binding


  1. Using a rotary cutter, cut a seven-by-seven-inch square of silk organza, and create 1/2-inch-long fringe on all four sides. If you're using irididescent organza, remember that the fringes will alternate color, as the warp and the weft of the fabric are different.

  2. Cut out a 10-inch-by-5-inch rectangle of either regular white or architect's yellow tracing paper to make the sachet lining; fold in half so that each half is 5 inches by 5 inches.

  3. Place one organza square on a flat surface, set the folded tracing paper on top, then place the second organza square atop the tracing paper. Pin the center of the square in three places to keep the pieces from slipping apart (the pinholes won't be noticeable when the sachet is complete) and place the square so the folded edge of tracing paper forms the bottom edge. Stitch around three edges, sewing through all four layers and backstitching at the beginning and ending points.

  4. Fill the sachet just about half full with potpourri, taking care not to overfill so the sachet can be stitched shut. Pin top, sew closed, and trim any loose threads.

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