Introduction: DIY Potpourri Packets

Potpourri packets are an easy and affordable way to boost the scent of a small space.

Step 1: Obtain Materials

  • One ruler
  • One pipe cleaner
  • One pair of scissors
  • Thin fabric of your choice (we used an old cotton t-shirt)
  • One needle and thread (any color thread will do)
  • Approximately 15 grams ( ½ ounce) of potpourri

Step 2: Measuring the Fabric

  • Use a ruler to measure two 4 inch x 6 inch rectangles on the fabric.

Step 3: Cutting the Fabric

  • Cut out both 4 inch x 6 inch fabric rectangles using your scissors.
  • Place fabric rectangles on top of each other so that they are aligned.

Step 4: Thread the Needle

  • Cut 40 inches of thread using a pair of scissors.
  • Feed 20 inches of thread through the eye of the needle so that the thread is folded in half (shown in photo above).
    • It may help if you lightly wet the tip of the thread before putting it through the eye of the needle (the tiny hole on the top).
  • Tie off the end of the thread.
    • Make sure you knot it a few times at the same location so that the knot catches on the fabric when you start sewing.

Step 5: Sewing

  • Push needle through both fabric pieces about 1 centimeter from both the 6 inch and 4 inch edge.
    • Be careful since the needle is sharp.
  • Pull thread through until it is stopped by the knot.
  • Push needle through both fabric pieces again, on the opposite side from the last step.
  • Each stitch should between ¼ inch and ½ inch in length. Do not pull too tight.
  • Continue sewing around 3 edges of the fabric pieces.
  • Knot the thread close to the fabric once you are done sewing so that it does not break loose.
  • At this point, one of the 4 inch sides will not be sewn shut. This should resemble a pocket, so be sure to leave one edge open.

Step 6: Cut Off Extra Material

  • Cut off excess corners of fabric. Make sure you do not cut the thread.
  • Fold the material inside out so that the thread is mainly visible on the inside.

Step 7: Adding the Potpourri Pipe Cleaner

  • Stuff the packet with potpourri until it is about 80% full.

  • Place the pipe cleaner parallel to the open 4 inch edge. It should be placed 1 inch from the top. Wrap the 1 inch of fabric over the pipe cleaner to close it off.

  • Twist the pipe cleaner similarly to how you would a bread tie. This will secure the potpourri inside the packet.

Step 8: Enjoy!

  • Once the scent fades over time, simply untwist the pipe cleaner and replace the inside contents with fresh potpourri.
  • Enjoy your potpourri packet!