Monday, May 4, 2015

Upcycled Tablecloth Sachet

I'm sure we've all "re-gifted" from time to time. You know, passing on a gift you received to someone else--and hoping the original giver doesn't find out. This lavender sachet was a birthday present for my mother, and it's technically a "re-gift" because it's made from a tablecloth my mom cross-stitched more than 50 years ago. I became the owner of the tablecloth when I got married. Over the years, it's yellowed a bit and picked up a few stains and holes. It's been retired from tablecloth duty for awhile, but I've always wanted to find a way to use the pretty fabric. I think this sachet project is perfect--simple, but so pretty. 

You can make one like it from any embroidered linens--tablecloths, pillowcases, or napkins. Let the size of the embroidered motif determine the size of the sachet (this one is 5 1/2" by 6 1/2"). Cut a piece of cotton fabric to the same dimensions for a backing. I ironed a piece of fusible interfacing to the wrong side of the embroidered piece and the backing piece. The interfacing really stabilizes that fabrics and helps them hold their shape. 

I sewed pieces of narrow red rickrack around the flower design to create a frame, but you can use any trims that match your embroidery. 

To assemble the pillow, pin the front and back pieces together--right sides facing--and sew them together, leaving an opening for turning. 

After turning the sachet right side out, fill it with dried lavender or another fragrant filler. Sew the opening closed with matching thread.

The brooch that I pinned to the sachet I made belonged to my grandmother. I think it gives the design a personal touch and just the right amount of sparkle. 


  1. Very nice project! It's nice to be able to use something that has been passed down too. Thanks for sharing at Idea Box!

  2. What a lovely way to return the gift of her stitching back to your mom! Great project, and a very touching story. :) I'd love it if you'd share this post with the Awesome Life Friday Link Up.

  3. I’m loving this! I’m always so impressed by your masterpieces. Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you taking the time to party with us. I hope to see you on tonight at 7. Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls

  4. Kathleen, this is just beautiful. *Happy sigh* I've gotten back to cross stitching after many years away from it, and have fallen right back in love with it. This caught my eye at a party (I'm sorry, I don't remember which one), and I had to come over and get a closer look and pin it. I'm always excited to find xstitchers! You are doing LOTS more with it than I am, so I am watching and learning from you. I also sew, so this sweet little project appeals to me on both levels. :) Now I've got to go look at your Bird Family Pin!

    1. Thank you, Joy . . . what a sweet comment! Yes, I'm pretty addicted to cross-stitching, but I can never find enough time to stitch up all of the ideas that are floating around in my head. I love sharing my projects at link parties and seeing what everyone else is crafting and cooking. Going to go and pay a visit to Yesterfood . . .

  5. This is beautiful. We enjoy making sachets in our home and this rose piece really inspires. I found you on Awesome Life Friday. Thank you for sharing this lovely tutorial.

  6. You're very welcome, JES. I love making sachets--the scent of lavender really is calming.