Lavender is a versatile herb that has been used in cosmetics, sleep aids, flower arrangements, foods and teas, and aromatherapy, just to name a few. Besides its delicate taste, lavender’s sweet aromatic odor makes it a favorite to use in sachets for drawers. However, sometimes the small sachets fail to permeate the entire area of the drawer. That is why it is better to use lavender drawer liners, which can be made to completely cover the bottom of the drawer.
Making a lavender drawer liner is simple and inexpensive, and takes very little time. As an example for this article, we will make a 12 inch by 22-inch lavender drawer liner. To make your own drawer liner, measure the inside of the drawer with a flexible measuring tape.
Iron and ironing board
Muslin or loose woven cotton fabric measuring 12 and one-half inches by 22 and one-half inches (your choice of color or print)
Dried lavender flowers and leaves (one cup)
Decorative one-half to one inch wide ribbon, enough to go completely around drawer liner (optional)
Along all sides of the right (printed) side of one of the pieces of fabric, make a mark with the Taylors chalk every two inches. Next, take the yardstick and lay it evenly on the marks from the top to the bottom and from left to right and draw vertical and horizontal lines with the Taylors chalk. These lines will be your sewing guide.
Place fabric pieces, right sides together, pin in place, and stitch a one-half inch seam all the way around, leaving a three-inch opening at the bottom.
Trim seam, clip corners and turn right side out. Iron seam flat. Next, with the sewn fabric on a flat surface, insert the one cup of lavender flowers and leaves between the fabrics and distribute evenly.
Place a straight pin approximately every inch along the chalked lines covering the entire drawer liner, pinning the two layers of fabric together. This is to help hold the lavender in place when sewing. Pin opening shut, folding fabric edges inward. Carefully stitch along chalked lines and opening at bottom.
Remove all straight pins. Next, pin the ribbon to the top fabric (side without chalk lines), near the edge, all the way around the drawer liner. If your sewing machine does decorative stitching, you may want to attach the ribbon using one of these. If not, just do a basic straight stitch. Remove pins.
Remove clothes from the drawer, insert drawer liner, replace the clothes, and enjoy the aromatic scent.
If you do not care for lavender try one of these: Dried rose petals, sage leaves, lilac, lemon balm, mint, or others.