DIY Herbal Shoe Sachets

Stinky shoes? Whip up a few of these and your shoes (or your hubby’s shoes, wink-wink!) will smell fresh and clean.

These instructions may seem a bit vague, but I wanted to do this project with things we already had. It’s meant to be a frugal project for using up leftover material scraps, thread and herbs, but feel free to go buy the supplies, if you need them. 🙂

In some of these pictures, you’ll see two pairs being worked on. Both are for my hubby (note the “manly” material I found! Hehehe!), one for his work shoes and one for his everyday shoes.

What you’ll need:

  • Material that is at least 4 inches wide and 14 inches long, for each shoe. For larger shoes, you can make them bigger, for child’s shoes, adjust to make them smaller. Natural materials are always preferred over synthetic.
  • Thread that will either blend in or contrast
  • Old shoe laces, scrap ribbon or something else to connect your sachets with.
  • White rice (don’t use brown- it can smell rancid from the fats)
  • Dried herbs of your choice (we had tons of leftover dried rosemary and lavender herbs from our garden that we couldn’t use up, so that’s mostly what I used.)
  • Essential oils, if you want to pump up the scent. I didn’t for these, but I will for other ones.

What to do:

  1. Fold the material inside-out with the ends touching, press and sew the sides, leaving the end open. Repeat on the other strip of material. Turn the material right-side-out.


  2. Mix the rice and herbs together (the rice absorbs moisture and the herbs give a nice scent, so any ratio is fine. I did about 50/50.) Add essential oils, if you’re using them.
  3. Fill each sachet 3/4 of the way full with the rice/herb mixture.
  4. Tuck the material ends in, place the ribbon or shoe lace 2 inches into the opening and pin in place.
  5. Sew the sachet closed, going over the ribbon/shoe lace twice to make certain it’s secure.
  6. Repeat on the other sachet.

The purpose of the ribbon/shoe lace is two-fold. First, you will never be searching under the bed and in dark corners for the missing sachet, if they are permanently connects. Second, when they aren’t in use, you can hang them from a hanger or hook. Spiffy, huh? 🙂

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