It’s nearing that time of year when you’ll be able to store away your winter coats and wool sweaters and not think about them again until next winter. Before you stuff them into storage, though, consider adding a few of these anti-moth sachets to help protect your clothes from hungry moths. Because there’s nothing worse than pulling out your favorite cashmere sweater, only to find that it looks like swiss cheese.
Lightweight cotton fabric
1. Draw a little heart template on a piece of paper and cut it out. Fold your fabric in half, wrong sides together, and trace around the heart template.
2. Pin together the two layers of fabric, and cut out the hearts. If you used marker to trace your hearts, make sure to cut inside the pen lines, so your finished sachets won’t have pen marks. You should now have two fabric hearts pinned together.
3. If you want to hang your sachets, pin a 16-20″ looped piece of ribbon between the fabric layers.
4. Using a zig-zag stitch, sew around the perimeter of your heart, leaving about an inch gap unsewn.
5. Mix together your anti-moth herbs:
- 2 Tbsp dried mint
- 3 Tbsp dried rosemary
- 3 Tbsp cloves
- 2 Tbsp dried lavender
- 1 Tbsp dried thyme
Stir to mix. You probably don’t need to be exact in your amounts, but this is what I used.
6. Stuff each sachet with a couple of teaspoons of herbs, leaving enough room that you’ll still be able to sew up the gap.
7. Stitch the gap closed.
Now you’re ready to hang your sachets on your coats, or tuck them in with your sweaters.
Other tips for safely storing your woolen clothing:
Wash items first, then let them dry thoroughly.
Completely seal in a bag, box, or chest.
If you have mint or lavender growing in your yard, you can cut long stems of it, tie them together, and hang them in your closet to help repel moths even more.