Scented Sachets from Repurposed Clothing as DIY Gifts for Dad

Scented Sachets from Repurposed Clothing as DIY Gifts for Dad

Even though I made repurposed drawer sachets once before, I had this spark of an idea and I simply had to share it with you. If you’ve been looking for ideas for DIY Gifts for Dad for Father’s Day, then these scented sachets or sachet bags made from repurposed clothing is JUST what you’ve been waiting for. I like to think of them as: Shirt Pocket Sachets!

Wait, what did she just say? SHIRT. POCKET. SACHETS?

I sure did…and it all started out with a quick browse through the clearance men’s clothing section at Goodwill…

Mens shirts at thrift store for upcycling into DIY Gifts for Dad as scented sachets by Sadie Seasongoods

I was, no surprise, looking for flannel shirts…because as the temperature rises, flannels are NOT in high demand, so I always re-stock my stash during the hotter months.

And while I found a few flannel shirts, I was struck by the number of plain cotton button down shirts. As I ran my fingers over the faux pearl snaps on a few of them, the idea of repurposing the pockets alone popped into my head. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Repurposed clothing using the pockets as sachet bags or drawer sachets and DIY Father's Day gifts by Sadie Seasongoods

Making Sachet Bags to Fill with Masculine Scents

So, here’s what I did. I gathered a collection of shirts that had breast pockets from the clearance section. And while I have always recommended getting large and XL shirts (more fabric for your buck), I recommend the opposite for this project!

As it turns out, the smaller (younger?) men’s shirts tend to have TWO pockets with snaps…or, at least, that was what I ran into. And smaller snapped pockets are seriously ideal for these scented sachets / sachet bags.

ANYWAY, I laundered my shirts and used fabric scissors to carefully cut out the full pocket along the stitching, being careful to not cross the stitching.

Cutting out pockets from repurposed clothing to use as drawer sachets for DIY Gifts for Dad by Sadie Seasongoods

Because I’m considering these as DIY Father’s Day gifts, I decided to use masculine scents for these drawer sachets. Of course, you could fill the pockets with whatever you’d like, but I went with balsam needles (from this Etsy shop) and fresh cedar wood chips (from this Etsy shop).

And before filling my sachet bags, I ran a hot iron over the pockets first.

Filling sachet bags with masculine scents such as balsam fir and cedar shavings to make scented sachets by Sadie Seasongoods

Another option would be to mix baking soda with woodsy essential oils like these and scooping the mixture into a pocket.

Once I had filled each pocket with cedar and/or balsam (and sometimes a mix of both!), I pinned them closed (and snapped shut, if they had snaps).

Preparing to sew drawer sachets made from repurposed clothing for DIY Father's Day Gifts by Sadie Seasongoods

I used my beloved sewing machine to run along the top of the pocket (for the snapless pockets) or along the flap of the pocket (for the snapped pockets) to keep it closed.

For added insurance, you could also run along the original pocket stitching, too. You could easily stitch them closed by hand, as well.

DIY Gifts for Dad with drawer sachets or sachet bags filled with masculine scents such as balsam fir and cedar by Sadie Seasongoods

DIY Father’s Day Gifts with Scented Sachets Made from Repurposed Clothing

How great is that!? Easy drawer sachets or sachet bags that will be a perfect gift for any “him” in your life- whether you repurpose an old shirt from his closet or find some on clearance at your local thrift store.

These scented sachets filled with masculine scents are perfect for sock and/or underwear drawers. He may not understand WHY sachets are so wonderful, but give it a few days…I think he’ll come around after that!

Drawer sachets or Sachet Bags made from repurposed clothing as DIY Father's Day Gifts by Sadie Seasongoods

Looking for more upcycling ideas for DIY Gifts for Dad? These beer coasters made from mini tart pans might be EXACTLY what you need if your guy is a Craft Beer Lover!

How to make some man cave gifts from mini tart pans as bar coasters, mens decor, and unique Father's Day gifts by Sadie Seasongoods

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  1. Barbara Booth says

    What an awesome idea and just in time for “Fathers Day” I was thinking of getting Hubby a couple of Tees for Father’s Day and I think I’ll use your idea for the top of the package instead of a bow. Thanks for the great Idea

  2. This is a terrific idea – thank you!!

  3. Linda Hickey says

    I love your clever Idea of shirt poket sachets. Can use it for Fathers Day.

  4. Awesome !!!! Thanks for sharing…

  5. This is a cute idea! Thank you for sharing!

  6. These are such a great idea. I am always looking for cute up-cycled projects that is why I follow you. Keep up the great inspiration. I look forward to your next idea.

  7. Adorable, Sarah! Love these! Pinned!

  8. Very clever idea, and super cute. I was just looking at the men’s shirts at Goodwill the other day and seen some with pockets like this. Now I need to go back. 😃

  9. Such a clever idea, great tips on shirt buying for upcycling purposes too!

  10. Brilliant!

  11. I love this idea, simple and useful. You rock!


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