How to Make Heat Activated Spell Sachets

Get cozy with this unique, creative, winter-friendly take on the traditional spell sachet or “mojo bag.”

This heat-activated spell idea upcycles your scrap fabric, herbs and leftover essential oils for a custom magickal spell charm that’s sure to warm your heart.

So pull up a chair, grab a cup of hot tea and start witch crafting!

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The idea for heated spell sachets came to me during one of my deep dives into the creative abyss of my Pinterest feed.

Stuffing stockings became a favorite Yule tradition of mine from the very first year I took home a real paycheck and finally got to give gifts of my own.

So I took an immediate interest in the trend du jour for DIY stocking stuffers this year—DIY hand warmers.

You essentially make basic sachets, stuff them with microwave-safe natural filler (like rice or flaxseed) and heat them up to warm your hands/pockets when you venture out in the cold.  Cute, right?

Then it occurred to me, what a great basis for a spell sachet!

Today, I’ll show you how to create your own “heat-activated” customized spell sachet step-by-step, including plenty of ideas on how to infuse your sachet with intentional energy and carry it out into the world with you!

You will need:

*scrap fabric (see selection ideas below)
*needle & thread
*filler (rice, buckwheat, flaxseed, ect)
*appropriate essential oils (more on this below) and/or
*appropriate herbs (more on this below)

Step 1:  Decide on your intention.

Of course, the first step to any spell involves the basic presumption that you have something you want to accomplish.  Do you want to carry your spell sachet to calm stage fright, assist with a court case, attract love or help you dream peacefully?

Your intention informs the remaining steps, so have a clear goal in mind before you begin.

Step 2:  Select a fabric.

To begin with, not all fabrics are microwave safe.  Choose a natural fabric, like 100% cotton, hemp or linen to avoid a messy meltdown in your microwave oven.

Beyond that, fabric offers an excellent opportunity to choose something that fits with your intention.  Choose a color (like red for love, or blue for healing) that suites the goal.

Alternatively, use the pattern itself to convey your meaning.  For example,  I chose the foxes below to symbolize a “courageous heart” and give a friend a much-needed confidence boost during a job hunt.

totem animal mojo bag

Cherry prints work for love and attraction.

heat activated mojo bags

Perhaps use a dollar sign print for financial success or maybe pick something printed with images of your spirit animal for an empowerment sachet.

You get the idea.  Use your creative ingenuity to pick something uniquely you.

Step 3:  Choose a Pattern or Shape.

Similarly, make a simple pattern out of sturdy card stock or even an old cereal box and draw/cut out a shape that conveys meaning.  Shapes get less attention in modern witchcraft than colors and numbers, but briefly:

Circles:  Healing, friendship, cycles

Squares:  Emotional stability, protection, financial success, balance

Hearts:  Love, friendship, attraction, family matters

Triangles:  Triple goddess, pyramid magick, moon magick

Pentagon or Star:  All-purpose (symbolizes the pentacle)

heat activated spell sachets

Trace your pattern on the fabric and cut it out.

Step 4:  Pick a stitch.

Don’t worry!  If you’re new to sewing (or if you’ve never sewed) this project is an easy one to begin with.  This article touches on some basic hand stitches for beginners.

Personally, I like the whip stitch because it creates a spiral, which has meaning to me in my practice.

I strongly recommend hand stitching your sachet rather than using a machine.  The concentration lends power to your intentions.  You can even repeat a chant with every stitch or simply allow your mind to fall into the meditative trance of the repeated motion.

Step 5:  Pick a filler.

The Pinterest rumor insists that flaxseed makes the most cost effective and heat-retaining option, but I had good luck with plain old jasmine rice.

One blogger apparently went to great lengths to experiment with various microwave-friendly fillings for hand warmers and goes into pretty deep detail, complete with charts, in this article.

Step 6:  Select Essential Oils & Herbs–BE CAREFUL!

Include a few drops of essential oil or a pinch of herbs to kick your magick into high gear usually poses little risk, however:  some herbs flare in the microwave no matter what, too much of any herb definitely will and essential oils may as well.

Go light with the herbs and oils, and only microwave in 20-30 second intervals, especially in the beginning.  Watch your sachet carefully until you know what works.

Once you fill your sachet and stitch it up, it’s time to use it!

Heating it up before you use it—whether for a big job interview or simply to sooth your mind during meditation—-makes a lovely, heartwarming way to “activate” the energy you used to create it.

Wear your sachet on the inside of a coat close to your heart, in your pockets or gloves, or anywhere it will “warm up” your soul and create positive energy in your life.

Blessed Be!

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