Weekend Project

DIY Miniature Tea Bag Shaped Letter Sachet
DIY Letter Sachet

DIY Letter Sachet
For last week's DIY project I made button & string envelopes and thought I'd stick to the snail mail theme and make little letter sachets.  I bought these tiny fish shaped letter scents at a now closed Japanese store in NYC. I'd never seen anything like them before, so I hoarded them away with my stationary supplies. The store owner told me they were called Fumiko, but I wasn't able to find anything about them. If you know any of the history of letter sachets, please share!

Stuff these into your envelopes for a sweetly scented letter. A vellum envelope would be so nice with these. I love the idea of adding another sense experience to receiving a hand written correspondence. Only makes a great thing greaterer better!

DIY Letter Sachet

You'll need:
Template
Fabric
Ruler
Rotary blade (optional)
Scissors
Iron
Fusible webbing
Tweezers
3.5 in string

  1. Cut out tea bag shape with the template or measure a 2.5 x 1 in. shape with tapered corners.
  2. Iron in half and adhere one side of the tea bag with fusible webbing. Remove paper backing of the fusible webbing.
  3. Iron about 1/8th of an inch on both sides of the tea bag. 
  4. Fill the bag with your scent. It's helpful to use tweezers. I had some loose lavender, but you could use other herbs or spices like chamomile, vanilla beans, rosemary...
  5. Tuck a string into the open bag about an 1/2 in. in down.
  6. Seal the bag closed by ironing the top and angled sides.
  7. Make the tea bag tags by cutting small rectangles out of matching fabric and ironing to fusible webbing. 
  8. Cut out tab shapes, fold in half, and insert the tail end of the string. Iron closed over the string to seal. 
  9. Tiniest tea sachet!
p.s I you can also machine or hand sew these suckers up easily. I'm just all about the no sew. Funny, I use my sewing machine mainly just to sew paper. I'd like to change that soon and make these!

DIY Letter SachetDIY Letter Sachet
DIY Letter Sachet
Please let me know if you give these a try. I'd love to see how it comes out!

More Make! Via la snail mail!

13 comments:

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    1. THanks Georgia! perfectly sized for cat paws... ha!

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  2. What an amazing project! Can't wait to try it - thanks!

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  3. I did give these a try but made them the same size as a real teabag and they are part of a Bridal Shower Tea invitation. Yes, they make for a slightly chubby piece of mail but the 65 cent stamps were worth it. Thanks so much! I posted them on my blog:
    http://kimgrantink.blogspot.com/2012/06/bridal-shower-tea-with-french-lavender.html

    Kim

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    1. Kim! You've totally made my day with this. Your cards came out beautifully and I really love how they turned out- the cup and the 3-d tea bag, love it!! I'll have to do a post on these to share your awesome design! Thank you so much for sharing!!
      jessica

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  4. Hi,
    Please try searching with "fumikou". 'Fumiko' is a girl's name and must have given you wincing images.
    Fumi; letter, kou; scent.
    This is such a cute idea. I've been thinking of making moth repellent sachets, and this seems fun to make.
    Thanks.
    Naoko

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  5. Hi Jessica,

    I found your GORGEOUS blog thanks to a Pinterest pin of this project. I've been working on some fabric tea bags and when I found these sachets, well, I was enamoured :). I wanted you to know that I posted the photo of the finished bags and the link to this tutorial on my blog (scheduled to post tomorrow, Monday February 03). Your work is lovely and has really encouraged me to continue on my quest of hand embroidered art-making!

    Cheers,
    Jen Chandler
    http://jenchandlerwashere.blogspot.com

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  6. Adorable! I'm living in Japan now and will keep my eye out for letter sachets. I found your post because I was looking into using tea bags as sachets either in the underwear drawer or tucked in a journal for a few days. These letter sachets are even better!

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