How To Make Evergreen Sachets from the Garden

December 22, 2010 at 10:39 PM Leave a comment

If you are always looking for ways to bring your garden inside, but you are short of time around the holidays, try making evergreen sachets. A simple way to bring your winter garden indoors is to make evergreen sachets. Evergreen sachets will instantly give you a whiff of the holidays and a much warmer sense of the crispness of winter.  [You can also use your old Christmas tree branches for your sachets.]
Difficulty: Average
Time Required: A couple of weeks to dry the evergreen needles. 20-30 minutes to make the sachets.

Here’s How:

  1. Choose evergreen branches from your yard or nursery.
  2. Lay them out on screen or somewhere where they will get good air circulation and allow them to dry until the needles drop off the branches.
  3. Get a remnant of material or something like an old tablecloth and cut rectangles to the width you want your sachets to be and approximately twice the length. Cut a 1/4 inch wider for making a hem.  [You can also purchase pre-made sheer fabric sachet bags in the wedding department of Joann’s fabrics or Michael’s craft store. Check  your Sunday newspapers for 40% off coupons]
  4. Hem under the two long ends of the sachet rectangle. You can do this by machine or by hand.
  5. Sew up the side seams of the sachet to make a pouch.
  6. Scoop your evergreen needles into the pouch and secure the open end with some ribbon or raffia.

Tips:

  1. Balsam needles seem to have the strongest, longest lasting fragrance.
  2. Placing sachets where they will get warm, but not hot, will release their fragrance better. Try placing one near a heating vent.
  3. Always keep away from open flames.

What You Need:

  • Evergreen Branches
  • Scrap Fabric
  • Needle and Thread or Sewing Machine
  • Ribbon or Raffia

http://gardening.about.com/od/craftsanddecor/ht/Ever_Sachet.htm

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