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What’s that smell?


A few months ago, I found little scented sachets at Target, bought them and loved them! However, throwing them in the trash after they longer “smelled” made me a little sad; they were too cute to toss in the trash, yet lacked the option to “refill”. So, I decided I’d make my own; ones that can be refilled. 

These are filled with scented baking soda and are great to keep in diaper bags, around changing tables, in dresser drawers, or in laundry hampers. I wish you could smell them, they are so delightful and the whole changing area smells so fresh and clean! They also make for wonderful baby shower gifts; even when tucked inside a gift box and wrapped you can smell them from the outside of the package.

I created a quick tutorial for any of you who may be interested in making your own. They’re very easy and come together quite quickly! Each sachet bag can be easily refilled with inserts and the directions for the inserts are also included in the tutorial. Both the sachet and the insert can be made from a very small scrap of fabric.


 I used Arm & Hammer’s Odor Eliminator to fill the inserts and so far they’ve lasted for over a month! If you didn’t want to throw the insert away, you can easily use a seam ripper and open the insert, refill and re-close. 


I hope you all had wonderful weekends! Ours was busy and full! We are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new niece/cousin and can’t wait to report back with pictures of her in the next few days! Our family covets your prayers for Erika, Chance and baby Sloane, that the Lord will deliver her healthy and safe! I know I keep saying it, but I absolutely cannot wait to hold that little bundle in my arms! 

Here is the easy to follow tutorial {w/pictures}: Scented Sachet Tutorial PDF

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  • Jennifer
    September 7, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Cute idea!

    Can’t wait to see baby Sloane!

  • Lisa
    September 7, 2009 at 11:12 pm

    Perfect timing! After 2 days away, we came home today to a litter box smell. Your sachets will be perfect. Can’t wait to try one! Thanks and am praying for your sis and her little one.

  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    September 7, 2009 at 11:13 pm

    I love that it covers baby poop! So funny!
    What a great idea. There is something so pervasive about that odor, isn’t there?
    So excited for you all with the new baby’s arrival very soon! YAY!!!

  • Stephanie
    September 7, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    Thank you, Darby! For the whole weekend, my husband would walk into the nursery and say “Stephanie, figure out how to make it stop stinking in here.”

  • Devon
    September 7, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    I am laughing as I read this. We just keep opening and closing the dang windows and generally cursing our smelly diaper pails. I swear we change them almost daily! A perfect solution and a very grateful thank you for the fun tutorial. Am very much looking forward to some time to sit down and get this done.

    Enjoy the next couple of days with Erika. All your blog stalkers will be sending good thoughts to all of you. 😉

    And I’m just loving the website. Loving it!!

  • Emma
    September 8, 2009 at 12:30 am

    Ooh, they would go perfectly with these:


    for when your baby does a number 3!! You may well ask what is a number 3 – well please brace yourself and have a giggle while also being completely grossed out! These are new in Australia.

    Hope you enjoy!

  • melissa stover
    September 8, 2009 at 12:55 am

    that fabric is adorable. what a cute idea.

  • Anne
    September 8, 2009 at 6:24 am

    I’m still waiting for you to open a store… 🙂 since I can’t sew very well…but love the cute things you make! Your new blog looks great!

  • Jennifer Morena
    September 8, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Your addition to the Arm & Hammer box made me laugh. The sachets are a fabulous idea…I think this is a sewing project I can successfully tackle!

    I keep checking your sister’s site for the big news. Have so much fun this week anticipating and welcoming sweet little Sloane. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!

  • amanda
    September 8, 2009 at 6:53 am

    Precious…girl, you need to open an etsy shop!!!!! keep checking for news on Sloane, can’t wait to see hear! Prayers for you all.

  • Erika Ward
    September 8, 2009 at 7:25 am

    Darby, your ideas are amazing…so simple, but yet so useful. Your family is so blessed by your presence and sweet spirit…you make us all better mommies for it! Take Good Care.

  • Taylor
    September 8, 2009 at 7:31 am

    thank you, thank you! what an answer to prayer. I keep feeling led to make things for people this year rather than only purchase something for them …that said, a friend just had her first baby and I have extra fabric and a button so I think I will make her one!

  • kc
    September 8, 2009 at 7:42 am

    I JUST bought some of these for a friend and they are so great!! I can’t wait to make some of my own with my scraps of fabric! yay! Lots of prayers to your sweet family… such a precious time!

  • Abby Maddox
    September 8, 2009 at 7:47 am

    I LOVE the new website!!! So proud for you! Also really like that picture of JM looking out the window at Justin on the tractor. So sweet

  • stephanie
    September 8, 2009 at 7:59 am

    Love how you edited the box to include “baby Poop”! Will try to make some this weekend…it would help freshen up the area where her dirty cloth diapers are kept until wash day

  • Focipresley
    September 8, 2009 at 8:03 am

    Darby – I think you are the coolest!

    Greetings from a New Reader in Barrie, Ontario, Canada

  • krista
    September 8, 2009 at 8:10 am

    What a great idea!!! You always make everything so CUTE!! Even somthing to make the poop smell go away. We will be praying for that precious baby Sloane.

  • Mandy Norris
    September 8, 2009 at 8:20 am

    What a great idea…good fall project for me…John Martin is precious…My little 8 month old Charles Patrick is getting really active and after a little girl, it is very different! I love the ribbon…that is how I “tie down” my little man in his antique highchair! Can’t wait to see the outdoors and see the kids’ new cousin…I know she will be precious…I will be saying sweet prayers for that little one and her Mama! Mandy

  • kendall boggs
    September 8, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Hey Darby!!
    Could you contact me via my aol e-mail address? I am having computer issues with my Mac and I’m on another computer but it won’t let me e-mail you through my Mac acct. and I need to talk with you about advertising. So sorry! It let me receive your e-mail but won’t let me respond. My aol is okay though.

  • kristen
    September 8, 2009 at 8:45 am

    darby. these are precious while super useful. i can not sew 🙂 where’s your etsy for us not-so-crafty mamas?!!! 🙂

  • Kathy
    September 8, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Love it! Great idea. Bless you all in these upcoming days. And, the new website is wonderful.

  • Jennifer
    September 8, 2009 at 8:59 am

    We could use some anti-poop-smell here too!

    I know the feeling…one of my sisters is having her first {a girl} at the end of the month, and I can’t wait to smell her, touch her, and try not to eat her! Our baby is 10 months old, and I could really use the newborn fix! 🙂

  • Mag
    September 8, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Hang in there with Rover, he may be more active but will be less wear and tear on your sanity- drama wise! It shows the love of the world that we could all be looking forward to baby Sloane’s arrival, even though she is not our family. We are all hoping and praying for her safe arrival.

  • Jeanna Chally
    September 8, 2009 at 9:30 am

    I have been on a (witch)hunt all weekend for orange and white gingham check fabric, so I can make my girls a pair of ruffle bottom pants! Im thinking I may need to make a trip to the University of TN?? haha. Would you mind sharing where you found yours? Love, love, your new site btw!

  • Rachel Ridd
    September 8, 2009 at 9:32 am

    In a previous post I read that JM (who is absolutely adorable!) had a little accident & you paid a visit to the Flowers Hospital. Crazy enough, although I have never lived in Alabama, I have also visited the Flowers Hospital. Two summers ago, my church was on a trip to FL with a group of high schools and middle schools, and we were in an accident. The bus accident landed me in Flowers Hospital. Small world huh? While the accident was tragic, it was amazing the love, grace, and hospitality the people of Dothan showed. The people of Dothan showed God’s love to our students in a way we will never forget! We actually made the trip back down to FL this summer (accident free – praise God) and revisited the church that was so gracious to us 🙂 Sorry this post became so long … just thought I should share!

  • erika
    September 8, 2009 at 9:48 am

    well aren’t you martha!? i already knew that though.
    mine is hanging over my changing table and I LOVE it!!! you should sell those little things, they really are delightful.
    see you later gator!

  • Courtney
    September 8, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Love the idea! I cloth diaper and always need a solution to a smelly diaper pail!

  • paula
    September 8, 2009 at 11:15 am

    what a great idea. cute too.

  • Jennifer
    September 8, 2009 at 11:30 am

    I love this idea and appreciate your clever tutorial! Thanks!

  • Stephanie
    September 8, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    My prayers are with Erika, Chance, baby Sloane and your whole family! I hope you know what a blessing you and your family are to the world.

    One of my dear friends is having a baby girl in November–her first!–so I am going to make some of these sachets for her. Thank you for the wonderful idea! She’s quite crafty herself, so, while I wanted to make her something, I couldn’t come up with an idea for something that she wouldn’t have already made. These will be perfect! Thanks much. 🙂

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now
    September 8, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Cute sachets. 🙂 I love the addition you made to the bottom of the Baking Soda photo. 😉

  • Melise
    September 8, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    ….and Baby Poop…..

    So funny!

    GREAT idea, thanks for all your hard work bloggin this stuff for us!!

  • Rachel
    September 8, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    Yay for your new site capabilities!

  • Erin
    September 8, 2009 at 8:03 pm

    Hi! I follow your blog and LOVE all of your crafts and your daughters’ clothing. Do you ever create/sell any of the items? I am the opposite of crafty/handy but know cute items when I see them. Is this something you’d ever consider? Oh how I envy your ability to sew – I feel like it’s a lost art up here in the North!

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  • Hazel
    November 23, 2009 at 11:20 am

    I love this idea! Just in time for Christmas presents for my friends with newborns! I just have a question… What is the fabric you used for the baking soda insert?

    Thanks and I hope you have a blessed day!

  • Marcia
    November 23, 2009 at 11:37 am

    What a wonderfully simple idea. Thank you for sharing. It would be great to drop into Winter boots too!

  • keren
    November 23, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    wonderful! thank you!

  • Susie Mac
    November 23, 2009 at 12:18 pm

    Thank you!!! Your instructions look simple and easy to follow. I’ll be making a few of these sachets this week. It’ll be a fun, smelly project. 🙂

  • Ting
    November 23, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    I can’t wait to make one (or two) and with our first baby coming on Friday, this will be great!

    Just looked over the PDF instructions (thanks for the tutorial) and have a question: Where does the scent come from? Do you add aromatherapy drops to the baking soda?


  • Elizabeth
    November 23, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks for this tutorial! I am always looking for ways to avoid using spray air freshener or plug-in air fresheners and keep things smelling nice. I just made two to put in my son’s room to help the cloth diapers from smelling too bad while they’re waiting to be washed! I have a feeling I’ll be making a few for friends that will be using cloth diapers with there new little ones. Thanks!

  • Shell
    November 24, 2009 at 1:00 am

    Thanks for the wonderful tutorial. I saw the link today on Sew, Mama, Sew! I made one tonight with some scraps I had on hand and it turned out great – your tutorial simple and easy to follow. I can’t wait to get to the store and find more cute fabric. These will be stocking stuffers for sure!

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    Thank you for sharing your tutorial–really easy to follow and wonderfully illustrated

  • Beth
    November 15, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    You can also use Purex crystals in these. They work awesomely as well!

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  • Kim
    September 26, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I can’t get the tutorial to open. What fabric did you use to hold the baking soda?


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