How to Use Fabric Scraps to Make a Scented Bag Pendant

How to Use Fabric Scraps to Make a Scented Bag Pendant

Have you ever wondered what to do with leftover fabric scraps from your sewing projects? Instead of letting them go to waste, you can turn them into charming scented bag pendants.

These little sachets are perfect for adding a pleasant fragrance to your bags, closets, or drawers. Not only are they easy to make, but they also offer a wonderful way to personalize gifts or add a handmade touch to your accessories.

In this guide, we’ll walk you through the simple steps to create your very own scented bag pendant using fabric scraps.

Key Takeaways

  • To create a scented bag, gather fabric scraps, scented materials, and essential oils for a long-lasting fragrance.
  • Cut a round fabric using a bowl as a guide, ensuring a clean cut for a professional finish.
  • Bind the round fabric and draw a square. Stitch along the marked lines to create a fragrant scented bag.
  • Fill the bag with scented materials you like. Sew the opening closed, and add decorative touches for a personalized scented sachet.
  • Attach a string and pendant for a stylish finish, and consider adding initials, quotes, or symbols to enhance the bag’s charm.

Gather the Essential Materials

To create your scented bags, gather essential materials like the following:

  1. Fabric Scraps: Choose any fabric you like. Cotton works well as it allows the scent to permeate.
  2. Scissors: To cut the fabric into the desired shapes.
  3. Needle and Thread: For sewing the fabric together. You can also use a sewing machine if you prefer.
  4. Ribbon or String: To create a loop for hanging the pendant.
  5. Dried Herbs or Flowers: Lavender, rose petals, or chamomile work well for a pleasant scent.
  6. Essential Oils: Optional, but can be added to enhance the fragrance.
  7. Bias binding: To bind the fabric edge.
  8. Funnel or Spoon: To help fill the bag with the dried herbs or flowers.

With these materials, you can create your scented bags and enjoy a pleasant, long-lasting fragrance in your drawers, closets, or cars.

How to Use Fabric Scraps to Make a Scented Bag Pendant

Now it’s your turn to create your own scented bag! Start by cutting out a round piece of fabric using a bowl. Then, bind the fabric and draw a square.

From there, you’ll fold, stitch, and fill your bag with your chosen scented filling, following the steps outlined below.

Step 1: Cut out a round fabric using a bowl

Scented Bag

Use the bowl as a template to get a precise round fabric. The round fabric will be the base of your scented bag, so accuracy is key. Make sure the fabric is the desired size for your scented bag. You can always adjust the size of the circle if needed.

Once you’re happy with the outline, use sharp scissors to cut out the round fabric neatly and precisely. This will give your scented bag a clean, professional finish.

Step 2: Bind the fabric edge and draw a square

Scented Bag

Bind your round fabric with a bias binding, creating a secure foundation for your scented bag. This step ensures your fabric stays in place, making it easier to work with.

Next, use a fabric marker or chalk to draw the biggest square on the round fabric. With your square drawn, you’re one step closer to creating a beautiful, fragrant bag that will fill the air with your chosen scent.

Step 3: Fold in half and stitch along two vertically marked lines

Scented Bag

Fold the fabric in half, aligning the drawn square’s edges. If necessary, pin it securely to prepare it for stitching.

Then, start stitching along the two vertically marked lines, as the picture shows.

Step 4: Pull to the other side and repeat stitching

Scented Bag

Now that you’ve secured the first two vertical lines, pull the fabric to the other side and prepare to stitch the remaining two lines.

As you stitch, make sure to leave a small opening, just big enough to fill the bag with your chosen scented filling.

Step 5: Add scented filling and sew the opening closed

With your scented bag’s structure secure, you can now fill it with your preferred aromatic delight. Choose your scented filling, such as lavender, rose petals, or chamomile, and fill the sachet bag evenly to ensure consistent fragrance. You can even spray cotton with perfume as the scented material.

Make sure to leave enough room to sew the opening closed securely, trapping the scent inside. Hand-sew or use a sewing machine to close the opening, ensuring it’s tight to preserve the long-lasting fragrance. 

Step 6: Turn out the four corners and add a string and pendant

Scented BagTo create a secure and neat closure, you’ll need to turn out the four corners of the fabric. To secure these corners, you can stitch a button in the center.

Next, you can add a string for hanging and a pendant as an embellishment. Choose a durable and decorative string that matches the bag’s style, and select a pendant that fits the theme.

Cut the string to your desired length. Thread the string through the top of the scented bag, making sure it is securely attached. Tie a knot at the end of the string to prevent it from slipping out of the bag.

To attach a pendant, first, pass a small piece of thin ribbon or string through the pendant’s hole. Then, use a needle to carefully make a hole at the bottom of the scented bag. Next, insert the other end of the ribbon or string through the hole from the inside to the outside. Finally, tie a secure knot inside the scented bag to secure the pendant.

Step 7: Add other decorations

Take your scented bag to the next level by adding thoughtful decorations that reflect your style or the recipient’s taste.

You can personalize your scented bag by incorporating initials, quotes, or symbols that hold significance to you or the recipient. Experiment with fabrics such as linen, cotton, or organza to achieve unique textures and appearances.

By adding these thoughtful touches, you’ll make a one-of-a-kind scented bag that’s truly special.


You’ve successfully crafted a unique scented, functional and decorative bag. With your chosen scented material and personalized design, it’s sure to freshen up any space.

Place it in your closet, drawer, or car to enjoy the long-lasting fragrance. You can also give it as a thoughtful gift or create a set with different scents for a unique experience.

Now, sit back and enjoy the aroma that surrounds you!

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How Do I Scent a Bag?

To scent a bag, you can fill it with aroma poly-beads, add your desired fragrance oil, and shake occasionally to refresh the scent, distributing it evenly throughout the bag.

How Long Does Fragrance Bag Last?

Typically, it’ll keep your space smelling fresh for 4-6 months in closed areas. But this can vary depending on the fragrance oil quality and environment.

What Are Scented Sachets Used For?

You can use scented sachets to freshen up enclosed spaces, repel moths, eliminate odors, and add a pleasant fragrance to the surroundings. They’re also practical and decorative gift options.

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