How to make a lavender pillow

Want to know how to make a lavender pillow? We show you how with this quick craft project to make your clothes and linen smell heavenly

Lavender pillows tied in a bow with a red and white gingham ribbon on the table next to some dried lavender
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Learn how to make a lavender pillow to keep your clothes and linen-fresh, using all-natural materials. The smell of lavender will also help to deter moths, so not only are these pillows pretty, they’re also extremely practical!

If they lose their smell over time, simply put a few drops of good quality lavender essential oil onto the pillows to restore their aromatic scent.

We like to use ours in our linen cupboard to perfume and keep our bedsheets fresh. The subtle scent of lavender will also help to relax you before bedtime—is there no end to this wonderful flower’s benefits?

This lavender pillow craft is extremely simple to make and is a lovely gift for friends or relatives. You could spend a day making multiple piles of cushions and save them for special occasions. Handmade gifts are always the most special and these little lavender pillows are no exception.

This project is hand-sewn but you could make a batch very quickly with a sewing machine. If you're considering buying one read our guide to the best sewing machines before you invest.

How to make a lavender pillow

What you'll need

  • Patterned cotton
  • Needle and thread
  • Paper
  • Dried lavender
  • Ribbon


1. Cut a pair of 9.5cm squares from three coordinating pieces of fabric.

2. Stitch the pairs together, with right sides facing, taking a 6mm seam allowance and leaving a 5cm gap in one edge to turn through.

3. Clip the corners and turn right side out.

4. Roll paper into a funnel and slip the narrow end into one sachet. Pour in dried lavender until it resembles a pillow.

5. Slip stitch the gap closed. Repeat to make two more sachets.

6. Pile sachets on top of each other and tie them together with ribbon, or sew a loop of ribbon at the top of each of them to hang on clothes hangers.

Now you’re ready to add them to your wardrobe, drawers or cupboards to give a bust of freshness!

Once you've mastered this lavender pillow, try more of our easy sewing projects.

Esme Clemo

Esme Clemo is the home and craft editor at woman&home. With over seven year’s experience working in the publishing industry, she’s written for, GoodtoKnow, woman&home, Woman’s Weekly, Woman, Woman’s Own, Chat, Now, Pick Me Up, The Craft Network and Wealden Times magazines and websites, as well as a stint as a columnist for Wedding Ideas. 

There’s nothing she doesn’t know about DIY, weddings and interiors. Everything in her home and wardrobe has a DIY twist and she knows all the tools needed for getting the job done. Be it her trusty sewing machine to update clothing and cushions or her battered collection of power tools to strip her staircase or build raised beds in her garden. She sure has a hands-on approach when it comes to testing out products for our reviews. 

Having just completed an interior design course with the University of Arts London, she’s now embarking on project managing and designing her own kitchen renovation, ready to share all her tips, tricks and best home buys with you. You can follow her reno journey on Instagram @esmeclemo