Edwardian Lace Lavender Sachets – Tutorial

Lace Lavender Sachets Tutorial

Lace lavender sachets are fast to sew and a great way to use up fabric and lace scraps. In the Victorian and Edwardian era, lavender sachets were a popular gift:

‘A delightful gift that will cost but little in time or money’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2).

For my lavender sachets I used lace scraps from my Edwardian lingerie blouse and muslin scraps from my Victorian summer dress. (UK) Muslin is very sheer – perfect for lavender sachets.

‘The freshest, sweetest, most dainty thing imaginable in the way of a sachet can be made of linen, embroidered and buttonholed in coloured silks and perfumed when possible with the scent of the flowers which are used in the embroidery design.’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2b)

Edwardian Lavender Sachets

A sachet for the linen closets is one of the Fifty Christmas Gifts for Small Fingers (The American Girl’s Home Book of Work And Play, 1890):

‘A large, sweet-smelling scent-bag is a delightful thing to lay among the fresh linen. It may be made with sachet-powder, like the scent-case for trunks; but our grandmothers used the old-fashioned lavender-blossom.

And another delicious scent is that of the sweet-clover, which grows wild in many parts of the country. Dried sweet-grass, such as the Indians weave into baskets, may be attainable for some.’

Because lavender sachets are so fast to sew and I wanted to sew them outside in the sun I sewed the lavender sachets by hand. But feel free to use a sewing machine!

Edwardian Lace Lavender Sachets – Tutorial

You’ll Need:

  • thin cotton fabric scraps – I used batiste and (UK) muslin
  • lace scraps
  • dried lavender flowers – or dried sweet clover, sweet grass or woodruff
  • needle and thread
  • scissors
Bullion Flowers Hand Embroidery
Bullion flowers

I made square lavender sachets, but you can also make them round, oval, heart-shaped or in any shape you like. And make the lavender sachets as big or small as you like.


I embellished the lavender sachets with hand embroidery such as drawn thread work and bermuda fagoting which were both popular in the Edwardian era.

‘Made of muslin […] embroidered by hand and inlet with butterflies, or medallions, or merely straight rows of insertions of real lace.’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2)

Bermuda Fagoting Lace Tutorial
Bermuda fagoting

Bermuda Fagoting

Bermuda fagoting is a really pretty stitch and fast to make.

Related: How To Make Edwardian Bermuda Fagoting

I used bermuda fagoting to attach bobbin lace: Just work the stitch through the holes of the lace.

Related: How To Attach Lace With Bermuda Fagoting

Bermuda Fagoting And Drawn Thread Work
Bermuda fagoting and drawn-thread work

Drawn-Thread Work

Drawn-thread work takes a bit longer than bermuda fagoting, but it’s equally pretty.

Related: How To Make Drawn-Thread Work

‘Drawn threadwork is also much used’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2).

DIY Sachet

Hand-Sewn Lavender Sachets

I used another layer of muslin behind the lace and embroidery.

With right sides together, sew around the lavender sachets with running stitches and an occasional backstitch. Leave a small opening and turn the lavender sachets inside out.

Fill Sachets With Dried Lavender Flowers

Using a funnel, fill the lace sachets with dried lavender flowers.

DIY Lace Lavender Sachets

Sew the opening closed with ladder or overhand stitches. And if you want, sew lace around the lavender sachets with overhand stitches.

‘Made from a scrap of broderie anglaise edged with a real Cluny or Valenciennes lace.’ (Every Woman’s Encyclopaedia, 1910-2)

Related: How To Make Broderie Anglaise Eyelet Lace By Hand

Victorian Edwardian Lace Lavender Sachets Tutorial
Finished lace lavender sachets

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Edwardian Lace Lavender Sachets Hand Embroidery Step By Step Historical Sewing Tutorial

21 thoughts on “Edwardian Lace Lavender Sachets – Tutorial

  1. These sachets are beautiful! I love the lace and the scent of lavender. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  2. These are absolutely gorgeous, and I bet they smell heavenly! 🙂

    Thank you so much for sharing this at the Farmhouse Friday link party! Pinned! 🙂

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