Pop one of these crochet dried lavender sachets with your laundry in the dryer and you've got natural and inexpensive way to keep your laundry smelling fresh!
As I’ve mentioned before, we can be pretty crunchy around here. I grew up with hippie parents (how do you think I learned how to crochet as a young child? From a mom who had spent the decade before I was born making granny square vests, of course!) and now being a parent myself, I suppose I’ve become more aware of avoiding toxins and keeping our life as chemical-free as possible.
So if you’re wondering, I DO wear deodorant.
But, we don’t use fabric softener.
We just stopped one day and never started again. We just got used to stiffer clothes, I guess. But crispy jeans or not, it’s still nice to have your laundry come out of the dryer smelling fresh and clean.
That’s where the loads of lavender buds growing in your garden come in! As soon as those flowers are past their prime, you can start saving them for these sweet little crochet sachets that can be tossed in the dryer with each load. You can also just place them in your drawer to keep your clothes smelling nice while they’re waiting to be called to active duty.
And if you’re like me and don’t actually have a lavender plant in your garden, you can buy the dried buds at Trader Joe's or on Amazon.
Interested in growing your own lavender? There are helpful tips on how to propagate and where to source plants in this guide to growing and even selling lavender.
This pattern is about as simple as they come. Nothing but single crochet here, which makes it great for beginners. The most important thing to get right is your hook size, because while the gauge doesn’t matter, you want your sachet to have a tight enough weave that no lavender buds can escape.
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Dried Lavender Sachet Free Crochet Pattern
• 100% cotton yarn - I used “I Love This Cotton” from Hobby Lobby in "Lime Dot Print"
• 2 yards purple accent yarn or embroidery thread
• size E hook (or size needed to achieve a very tight weave)
• tapestry needle
• measuring tape or ruler
• dried lavender buds (about ¼ cup per sachet)
Abbreviations - US Terms
• sc - single crochet
• ch - chain
How to Crochet a Lavender Laundry Sachet
Row 1: ch 21; turn.
Row 2: In second ch from hook, sc in each ch; turn. (20)
Row 3: ch 1, sc in each sc across; turn. (20)
Repeat row 3 until piece height measures the same as its width. Example in the photo is 4.5”x4.5”. Fasten off.
Repeat for a second square.
1. I spritzed my squares with water and blocked them using my $2 DIY blocking board for about an hour before sewing them together. This is optional.
2. Press your squares together. Using a running stitch (the same stitch you would normally use to hand sew a piece of fabric--just a basic in and out in a straight line), sew along the edge of three sides. Keep your stitches pretty close together so that there are no gaps that the lavender can sneak out of.
3. Fill your crochet pouch with dried lavender buds.
4. Sew the last edge in the same way you worked the others. Fasten off.
5. To add the accent embroidery, thread your tapestry needle and tie a decent-sized knot in the end of your accent yarn. Use your fingernail or a small crochet hook to work the knot through one of the side seams so that it’s hidden inside your sachet. Embroider three lines per sachet edge. To move between the sides, I just guided my needle through the middle of the sachet and popped it out where I wanted to start the next set of lines. When you’re finished, tie another pretty big knot and work it through the fabric to hide it away.
There you go! At their best, these little lavender sachets make a great DIY gift. And at the very least, they might be a good incentive to go start a load of laundry. I personally need all the help I can get in that category.
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