This post originally appeared as a guest post on Today’s Creative Life. Make sure to check out Kim’s awesome site full of TONS of DIY ideas!
Who doesn’t love Trader Joe’s? We used to live a 5-minute walk from one when we lived in Virginia, and it was really convenient. That’s when I got hooked on their lavender dryer bags and ditched regular dryer sheets (along with getting hooked on a lot of other TJ’s products…). I absolutely love these things–one bag can be used on multiple dryer loads, and they don’t use any artificial fragrance.
But they are just dried lavender flowers in a bag, so one day it dawned on me that I could make my own for even less than I could buy them for at TJ’s. AND I wouldn’t have to battle the Gaithersburg Trader Joe’s parking lots and insane lines. Any Montgomery County, MD people feel me? It’s a nightmare.
Check out a comparison…mine is the one on the left…the TJ’s one is on the right! And they smell exactly the same.
Here’s what you need for supplies…
- 2 pieces of bag fabric measuring 3 in x 4 in each. I used Swedish Tracing Paper because I had it on hand in my sewing cabinet. You can also use a very thin fabric, such as an organza or chiffon. Check your local fabric store’s remnants bin for something small and cheap or just have them cut you the smallest piece they’ll sell from a bolt.
- Dried lavender flowers.
- Needle & thread or sewing machine.
And here’s how you make Trader Joe’s lavender dryer bags!
Step 1: Cut 2 pieces of 3 in x 4 in fabric. I used a rotary cutter, which made it super easy to get the edges even.
Step 2: Sew three of the edges shut, making a little pocket.
Step 3: Fill it with 3–4 tbsp of dried lavender flowers and sew the opening shut.
-Use the bags for 5–10 dryer loads. Sometimes I extend mine a few loads by dripping a few drops of essential oil straight on to the bag.
-If you want to avoid cutting and most of the sewing, you can use organza wedding favor bags. This would be much easier and more economical if you were making a big batch of bags.
-To make a version of this baggie that you can use for longer than 5–10 times, make a baggie with a sewn-on Velcro closure. When you need to freshen it up, just open it and replace the dried flowers.