Sunday, January 22, 2012

Salvaged Linen Sachet Tutorial

Thank you to Ruby for Women for publishing this tutorial in the May 2012 e-zine issue of Ruby For Women.

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Several months ago, I happened across a beautifully embroidered tablecloth that was severely stained beyond all help.  I bought the vintage tablecloth for two or three dollars knowing I could salvage the embroidery that ran around the entire piece.  I thought I'd share with you what I made by taking a simple pyramid pattern I came across and adapting it a bit for vintage linen.

1.  Cut one 4" by 4" square of a vintage linen remnant.
     Cut one 4" by 4" square of cotton fabric.
     Cut two 4" by 4" squares of Pellon Fusible Featherweight Interfacing 911 FF.

2.  Iron one fusible interfacing square to the back of your vintage linen remnant.
     This will keep any loose threads from the cutting held secure in the back.
     Iron the other fusible interfacing square to your cotton fabric square.
     This makes your cotton fabric weight match the weight of the vintage remnant.
3.  With right sides facing, sew a 1/4" seam around 3 edges of your square.  If you have a side on the embroidered square that has no loose embroidery, leave that side as the fourth unfinished side.  This side will later be hand-sewn, and it will be easier if there is no embroidery.

4.  Trim the sides and the corners close to the seams.

5.  Turn the sachet right side out.

6.  Fill the sachet with equal parts dried lavender and uncooked white rice.  I like the feel of about 3 Tbsp. of
     each, but you may like the sachet to feel fuller.

7.  Finger press or carefully iron the open edge 1/4" to the inside.

8.  Pin matching seams together.  This will close the sachet and form the pyramid shape.

9.  Slip-stitch the opening closed removing the pins as you sew.

10.  Embellish with buttons, beads, and ribbons as desired.  Try different sizes by starting with 5" squares or 3.5" squares.

Let me know what you think!


"And walk in love, as Christ also hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour."  Ephesians 5:2


  1. Ooh, this is awesome and super! Love it sooooo much. Will definitely have a go.