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Make Knock-Off Lavender-Scented Dryer Bags

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Make Knock-Off Lavender-Scented Dryer Bags

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 we don’t live near a Trader Joe’s anymore, so now I’m making my own 🙂

DIY Lavender Dryer Bag

Here’s what you need for supplies:

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  • 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 knock-off 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.

cutting fabric for the DIY Lavender Dryer Bags
cutting fabric for the DIY Lavender Dryer Bags

Step 2: Sew three of the edges shut, making a little pocket.

sewing fabric for the DIY Lavender Dryer Bags

Step 3: Fill it with 3–4 tbsp of dried lavender flowers and sew the opening shut.

filling the DIY dryer bags with dried lavendar
DIY Lavender Dryer Bag


-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.

-If you want to switch up your scents, eucalyptus leavesrose petalspeppermint, and rosemary are all great scents that you can use alone or mix and match.

-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.

-If you like this project, you might like my homemade rosemary and lavender carpet powder or my DIY baked bath salts tutorial!

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  1. Kerry says:

    The Velcro… What a great idea! I am worried about the lavender burning from the high heat though. Has this ever happen?

    • Brittany Goldwyn says:

      Nope, hasn’t happened to me! I think it should be fine as dried lavender is in a ton of stuff.

  2. vicks says:

    Thank you! Absolutely love your version…Can’t find trader joes sachets anymore….
    What an awesome alternative… Have a great week everybody!

  3. Evangeline says:

    I love this idea! I was wondering if paper coffee filters might work? Or large tea bags?

    • Brittany Merth says:

      Large tea bags is a great idea!! I never thought of that–I’ll have to try that and can use them for teas, too. 🙂

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