Got ten minutes? This project is really quick and simple, so there’s no excuse about not having the time.

I’m going to show you how to make a scented sachet, using hessian fabric, decorated with one of my Christmas fabric transfers. They’re bang on trend, cost a fortune to buy on the High Street, but next to nothing to make. They make lovely gifts and decorations.


You’ll need:

  • A piece of paper and a pen
  • A ruler
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Hessian fabric
  • Barrister’s Horse fabric transfer (trust me, it just won’t work without one:-))
  • An iron (but NO steam)
  • Something firm and heatproof to iron on (such as a wooden chopping board)
  • An old tea towel/scrap of fabric/pillow case
  • Needle and thread (or sewing machine)
  • Christmas pot pourri or some dried lavender


Make a pattern.

Using your ruler, drawer a rectangle on the piece of paper. For a small sachet 9″ x 6″ should be about right, or go bigger for a more generous sachet:


Pin the paper pattern to your hessian and cut around it. Repeat with a second piece of hessian (or lay two pieces on top of one another and cut both at the same time):


Place your tea towel on the chopping board:

and iron (using a dry iron) until smooth:


Place one piece of the hessian on top of the chopping board and tea towel and iron, using a dry iron. Allow hessian to cool:


Cut out the fabric transfer and place it face-up on the hessian (you can trim closer to the image if you wish; not really important on hessian, but looks better on fine fabrics):

Faff about with positioning until your happy, then flip it over, so that it’s face-down on the hessian:

Using a very hot iron, (with no steam), press down firmly on the transfer for 4 or 5 seconds, keeping the iron still. Lift the iron clean off for 5 seconds and repeat the hot pressing process three or four more times, paying particular attention to areas with dense ink. You will find that thin, smooth fabrics require less pressing time than thick, course textured fabrics, such as the hessian we’re using for this:


Very slowly, peel away one small edge of the transfer. If the backing paper comes away easily (and without much ink on it), continue peeling. If the transfer paper is sticking, continue the hot pressing:


Leaving a one inch margin, with the good sides on the outside, pin, then sew the two pieces of hessian together:

You can hand sew if you wish, but I used a zig zig machine stitch in red to add a little contrast, and to help stop unwanted fraying. Leave a small section un-sewn. Fill your sachet with Christmas pot pourri or lavender and stitch the gap:


Fray the raw edges of hessian to make a pretty fringe:



The Eiffel Tower transfers come in a set of eight (two of each design). The two bottom transfers will work better on a smoother fabric, as you’ll find the fine detail will be lost on hessian. The transfers are for sale here:

More tutorials to follow shortly…