Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Home made car freshener sachet

Who likes a nice sweet smelling car.  Nothing too overpowering, but something other than stale car smell.  I would be one of those people but I don't care for the smells that come with the hanging car freshener thingies you can by from auto accessory shops or supermarkets.  Here is a little idea I thought of earlier today and decided to make it up straight away.  It's easy, cheap and quick to make.

Materials
calico or muslin (only small amount needed)
craft fabric (only small amount needed)
thread
ribbon and/or cotton twine
scissors
sewing machine
sewing pins
cotton wool balls
essential oils, dried rose petals, dried lavender flowers etc.

I am making two bags and you will see why as we proceed.  Cut out a small squarish or rectangular piece of muslin or calico and a slightly larger piece of craft fabric for sewing into little drawstring sachets as follows.

When sewing the hem for the drawstring, remember to leave a gap so you can thread either your twine or ribbon through.
Tie a knot in your twine to stop the ends disappearing into the hem.  It's happened to me before.  :-(
Make the sachet from your craft fabric the same way.
 Tie that knot.
Your calico or muslin sachet should be smaller than your craft fabric sachet.
Turn the sachets right side out.  Get a couple of cotton wool balls and essential oils you like.  Put a little of the scented oil on the cotton wall balls and put inside the calico or muslin sachet and draw the string tight.  If you are using dried lavender flowers or scented rose petals instead of cotton wool balls, put them in this sachet too.
Then put your calico/muslin sachet into the craft fabric sachet and draw close.
The reason I have made two sachets is to stop any essential oil potentially staining the outer fabric.  If you are using dried lavender flowers or scented dried rose petals, you have less chance of them spilling in your car too.
All that remains to do is find a spot in your car to hang your sachet.  When the lovely smell of your sachet starts to fade, either add a few more drops of essential oil to your cotton wool or replace rose petals or lavender.  We aren't chucking anything away here.  At the very least it will be a couple cotton wool balls a few times a year or rose petals and lavender which can be put back on the garden or a pot plant if you don't have a garden.
Please excuse the lousy photo, the sun was just too bright and shows up every little speck of dust, fluff and hair.   These little sachets might make a nice Christmas stocking stuffer.  Perhaps they could also be made for the men in your life fathers, brothers, hubbies, partners, sons, nephews, uncles, brothers-in-law, grandfathers (have I forgotten anyone?), by using a masculine fabric and scent.

Before I go I've got a little tip for you.  When I'm doing my vacuuming, I put a cotton wool ball that has a few drops of essential oil on it into the vacuum cleaner and then as I'm going about the house, instead of any yucky smells like dog hair etc., I have a nice essential oil smell.

Bye for now,

Anne  xx

8 comments:

Diane said...

I have a few bottles of Lavender oil that I bought cheap when the Virgin Vie shop closed down near me - so I will give both of these brilliant ideas a go! I hate the shop bought in car smellies. xxxx

Diana said...

Lovely! What a nice idea.

Sue said...

Great idea. Our car smells of horse a lot of the time so I think I will be making some of these.

Cheryl said...

Don't tell any of the men in my family, but this might be their christmas presents this year. Thaks for sharing.

A pest controller, once told a friend to put a cotton wool soaked in TCP in their vacuum before they started. It dealt with the fleas, supposedly. Down side would be your house would stink of TCP. Yuk.

**Anne** said...

Teatree essential oil is pretty good for helping keep head lice at bay and is supposedly good for deterring fleas too. If head lice is going around at school, try and find some water soluble Teatree oil and put some in a spray bottle with water and mist your kids hair as they go out the door. It helped when my girls were in primary school.

Hearthandmade said...

this is a great tutorial! Thank you for sharing :) I might make one of these for my mum.... she loves the smell of lavender!

**Anne** said...

Thanks for your lovely comments. Much appreciated. :-)

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