I have a few vintage hankies saved from my grandmother and decided to turn them into useful handkerchief sachets. These fragrant sachets also make the sweetest Mother’s Day Gifts.

Wrap up your handmade gift in the prettiest way possible. With a cute floral Happy Mother’s Day label and matching ribbon, you will have a gift that will wow your mom. She’ll think it’s the sweetest gift ever!

white handkerchief sachet with embroidered flowers and lace corner

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In times past, ladies carried a beautiful hand embroidered or designed handkerchief. During those time periods, things were made to last. Now we can take what once was a handkerchief and make something new out of it, like this sachet or vintage ladies’ handkerchief apron.

What is a handkerchief sachet?

A sachet is a small sewn cloth packet filled with an aromatic or potpourri used to scent clothes. Many people also use them as air fresheners. For this craft project, I chose to use antique handkerchiefs, thus creating a handkerchief sachet.

Since I love the delicate scent of lavender I chose it as my aromatic. With its calming effects and flowery scent, lavender is such a timeless classic for such a novelty. For me, it made my vintage hanky sachets as timeless as my memories of grandma.

Here’s what you need to make a sachets

Make these easy to sew handkerchief sachets with the following supplies. (This section contains affiliate links.)

No worries if you don’t have antique handkerchiefs from your grandma. Antique stores usually have a great selection of vintage handkerchiefs for about .50 cents to $2.00 each. You can also find hankie collectibles online from shops like Etsy.

You can use small or larger hankies for this sewing project. So handkerchief size does not matter. It’s more important you choose the ones you like.

Tip: Do you have extra pieces of fabric you want to use up? You can make lavender sachets out of them just as easily. When you use fabric you will need to cut your fabric to make a 3-1/2 to 4-inch finished sachet.

How to make a vintage Handkerchief Sachets

To start, take one handkerchief and lay it out flat.

floral printed vintage hankie

Fold the handkerchief in half and then half again. Line up all edges and press with an iron.

You can cut the handkerchief, but I just couldn’t bear to cut into the hankies. I also liked the sachets thicker and didn’t want to have to finish raw edges.

floral hankie folded in quarters showing the final fold

Machine stitch around the handkerchief about a 1/2 inch from the edge (on larger hankies I sewed 1 inch from the edge). Leave a one-inch opening on a side that can be filled. I left the opening on the first fold adjacent to the last fold (see picture).

white handkerchief with flower and lace corner folded in quarters with a half inch straight stick all the way around exceot for a one inch opening for filling to be added

Fill the handkerchief with dried lavender (I found mine at Save On Crafts). A funnel makes this go quickly.  If you don’t have a small plastic funnel a piece of paper rolled into a cone works also. Don’t overfill as it will make it harder to sew sachet closed.

Close opening by finishing stitching line with a straight stitch or you can do it by hand with a running stitch. You can also embellish the stitching line with hand-stitched embroidery. Your handkerchief sachets are now complete and ready to gift.

two completed handkerchief sachets, one is white with fower embroidery and lace on a corner, the other has a floral printed pattern on it

How sweet are these handmade handkerchief sachets?

I would love to hear in the comments if you made these and shared them with the mothers in your life. Also, if you have more creative crafty ideas that use handkerchiefs please share. They really do make timeless pretties to gift to others.

More Easy To Sew Gifts

Seeking more easy to sew useful gifts? Here’s a few that would make great Mother’s Day gifts:

  • This simple tote bag is great for any on the go mom!
  • For those needing a catch-all, this zipper pouch is awesome for all small things.
  • If you making a spa or personal care gift homemade rice heating pads to soothe aches away would be a great addition.
  • Mom’s who are on the go taking care of booboos are sure to love this useful, but cute first aid zipper pouch. I know I do!

What’s best about all of these ideas is that they will be made with love and so very useful!

Happy Mother’s Day All!!

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  1. Great idea! I have some from my grandmas as well. I think I will make one for my mom for Mother’s Day…I never know what to get her and this will be a nice sentimental gift. 🙂 Thanks!

  2. I love this idea! And I happen to have some antique hankies!!! Thank you for the inspiration and the tutorial.

  3. That’s such a great use of handkerchiefs — I hardly know anyone that actually uses them for their intended purpose anymore!!

  4. Wonderful, simple idea for Mother’s Day gifts and teacher appreciation gifts! Thank You!

  5. I would think you could use something like rice scented with an essential oil of your choice. They would be heavier but I don’t think it would matter.

  6. So pretty! I’d have to find a different filling as lavender gives me a headache…I’ll have to do some research…I’ll let you know what I find! Great idea!

  7. Great idea! I have many – will give this a try – putting them in drawers differently than they are in the drawers now. Thanks for the idea.


  8. I love this idea. I have some hankies that I got from a box lot at an auction and didn’t know what to do with them. Now I know!

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