Sachets. What can be more Victorian? The word "sachet" seems to bring thoughts of Victorian ladies with these beautiful little packets tucked here and there to add aroma to every corner of the home. They were usually used in the bedroom, scenting drawers of clothing or handkerchiefs. They were also often used in the linen drawers and on dressing tables. The popularity for them grew to such heights as having special little aromatic packets to place in cards and correspondences.

EVERY Victorian woman loved to see her home grow beautiful through the work of her own hands. Sachets were the perfect item to create as they were small, inexpensive, and easy to make.

Below you will find two authentic instructions for sachets. Unlike those of today, which are potpourri filled, Victorian ladies filled theirs with scented cotton or wadding. Make one today using the authentic instructions herein, and you will have given yourself, or someone you love, a timeless keepsake.

Sachet Bags

The instructions and illustrations for this wonderful sweet smelling bag came from a book published in 1901. It is the easiest one I have found as it has NO SEWING!

The sachet bags shown below are made of crepe tissue paper and are pretty ornaments for parlor, mantel, or for the dressing case in a guest room. To make the larger of the two shown, cut two squares of tissue paper the same size; use a deep old-rose shade for the outer square and a light shade of the same color for the inner square. In the center of the squares laid flat upon a table place a ball of cotton wool, scented with some perfume. Gather the edges of the paper up and close to the ball of wool wind a wire tightly around and fasten. Pull the edges of the outer square downward to cover the fastening and to form a bottom trimming. Gather the edges of the inner square together, and dispose them so they will stand upright, as shown in the illustration.

The smaller one is made in the same manner as the one just described, only it is smaller and the edges of the paper are disposed a little differently. A pretty combination would be white crepe paper for the inner square, and pale violet for the outer, and to carry out the illusion - or delusion - scent the wool with violet powder.

No Sew Victorian Sachet

A Simple and Beautiful Sachet.

This beautifully wrapped package, with its subtle scent, from a book dated 1898, is made of silk and infused with perfume powder. It has delicate embroidery beautifying its simple design.

beautiful sachet from 1899

The illustration for this item, as well as the instructions and embroidery patterns are included in this .pdf download. Sachet download.

You will need Adobe Reader (the latest version is recommended) installed on your computer in order to open and read this ebook. You can get Adobe Reader here (a new window will open so you can download without leaving this page).

If you want to open the file in your browser window, you can just click on the link. However if you want to download the file to view later, then right click on the link and choose "Save Target As" or "Save File As." Then select where you want to save the file on your hard drive.

Once you have saved the file, locate where you saved it, and double click to open.

In order to print, open the downloaded file, and select the "Print" option from the ebook menu.

Be sure to check back often. I will be adding more of these sweet smelling beauties with instructions in the future.

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