Hey y’all, today’s project is a quick gift tutorial – how to make natural air fresheners. You can fill these with so many things, and half the fun for me was finding things to put in them and choosing which scraps to use to sew them. And while I was on a roll, I also tried (and will share) 3 different ways to sew them.
From left to right above, I filled mine with lavender buds, coffee beans, and rice mixed with essential oil. But as you can see below, I found a bunch of other options too!
Other ideas for scenting your air fresheners include whole cloves, vanilla bean (snipped into pieces) and cinnamon sticks.
Want to make your own? You’ll need:
- Fabric scraps
- Ribbon to hang the air fresheners with (you can skip this if you plan to use them in drawers)
- Pattern template (see below)
- Scented fillers (see ideas above)
To get the pattern template, click your preferred option below to get the free pattern only as a newsletter subscriber. Instructions to access my free pattern gallery are in the newsletter.
Please note that all my free patterns are licensed for personal use only (no selling items made from this unless you purchase it) and by downloading you are agreeing to this license.
Note that you can use any of these methods to sew any of these shapes – it’s totally up to you! Just follow the instructions on the template for which line to cut on and which line to sew on for the method you want to use.
I’ve got a video of the options to make these below, or if you prefer you can watch on YouTube here. Or if you prefer a written tutorial, keep scrolling.
Method 1 – Machine Sewn with Raw Edges
Method 2 – Machine Sewn Without Raw Edges
For this method you place the shape right sides together sandwiching the ribbon in between the layers facing in, and stitch around the seam allowance leaving a gap.
Method 3 – Hand Sewn with Blanket Stitch
For this method you cut the seam allowances off, then place the fabric pieces wrong sides together and sew around the edges with a blanket stitch (see video above for stitch help).