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Homemade Antique Hankie Sachets

Transform your plain handkerchiefs into charming antique sachets with this easy DIY project. These homemade antique hankie sachets are not only a delightful way to repurpose old handkerchiefs but also make for a unique and fragrant addition to your home decor. Once your sachets are complete, place them in your drawers, closets, or even hang them from doorknobs to infuse your space with a delightful fragrance and a touch of vintage charm. These homemade antique hankie sachets also make thoughtful gifts for friends and loved ones, allowing them to enjoy the beauty and nostalgia of a bygone era.


  • Antique hankies 
  • Sewing machine
  • Lavender buds
  • Ribbon
  • Mother-of-pearl buttons (optional)

How to Make Hankie Sachet

1. Fold the Hankie

Fold your hankie in fours (in half and then in half again), leaving the embroidered section exposed.

2. Sew the Hankie

Sew all four sides of your folded hankie, leaving a 2-3″ space unsewn to allow for filling with lavender.

3. Fill the Sachet With Lavender

Scoop in some lavender buds. How much? About 1/2 cup or so depending on the size of your hankie.

When the filled hankie is resting on a flat surface and the lavender is evenly distributed, it should contain about 1/2″ of lavender.

Filling alternatives for sachets:

  • Potpourri
  • Rose petals
  • Rice scented with essential oil (see this heating pad post for tips)
  • Poly fiber fill scented with essential oil (place on cotton ball and insert into center of fiber so you don’t stain the sachet with oil)
  • Balsam (pine) needles
  • Cedar chips
  • Scented epsom salts
  • Dried mint (or other herbs)
  • Fabric softener sheets or beads

4. Sew the Opening

Sewing the opening closed.

5. Add Ribbon & Button

Sew a loop of ribbon onto the back of one corner of the sachet. Sew (or glue) a button onto the front of the sachet to cover the exposed thread from sewing on the ribbon.

I used think pale pink ribbon and antique mother-of-pearl buttons on these three sachets.

The Final Project

They are SO pretty and smell SO good! You’re going to love them.

How to Use Your Hankie Sachets

I made mine specifically to hang on hangers in a closet. I think a gift of some satin or velvet hangers with sachets would make a sweet gift.

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