Sweet bags & sachets are a lovely way to perpetuate aromatic treasures from the garden. Place the scented sacks throughout the house — selecting fabrics, trims, and fragrances to complement each room. In the dining room, velvet and organza sweet bags exude the scents of lavender, rose, and rosemary — an antique bouquet reminiscent of an English high tea. In the bedroom, an ivory linen pouch filled with calendula and lemon verbena enhances the romantic ambiance. Or, perhaps, eucalyptus, lobelia, or peppermint to help promote free breathing. A sachet of lavender, tucked into a lingerie drawer, has long been a personal favorite.
Place sweet bags and sachets anywhere you would like to savor the preserved perfume of a garden.
Choose a predominating fragrance or create distinctive mixtures for each room. Sew tiny bags using a combination of lovely fabrics and fun trims. (Note: if you don’t sew, as the fabric store to recommend a local seamstress). Or, alternatively, fill beautiful cut glass bowls to sit in the various rooms to hold the mixture.
- 4-6 cups dries mixed botanicals, such as fruit, flowers, herbs, or spices, and fillers such as evergreen twigs and needles, small pine cones, and wood shavings.
- 1 tablespoon fixative (orrisroot powder or cellulose)
- 1 teaspoon finely ground cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, or allspice (or a blend)
- 5 to 10 drops of pleasing essential oils, such as bergamot, jasmine, tuberose, or ylang-ylang
- Combine the ingredients in a covered glass jar. Shake well to blend and place in a cool, dark place to mellow for about 10 days before filling the sachets.