Homemade Balsam Sachets

Homemade Balsam Sachets

My daughter got her first sewing machine for Christmas.  Her first project was a homemade pillowcase, and we were trying to figure out another easy project.  When we took down our Christmas tree, we had fir needles everywhere, so I realized we had a cute project ready to go!  Balsam sachets are little pouches filled with pine needles.  They smell amazing and you can keep them in a drawer or other place, where you can enjoy the fragrance.

Your first step – collect pine needles!  Our Christmas tree was a Fraser Fir, and the needles are perfect for this project.  We even saved branches from our Christmas tree to “harvest” more needles after the holidays.  If you want, you can add a little balsam oil to the needles if you want to give them a little extra scent.

Step 1

Once you have gathered enough pine needles, choose fabric and cut into either two squares, or a longer piece folded into a square.  The size is really up to you – we did approximately 4×4″ square.  Also, if this is a beginner sewing project, make sure you leave a generous amount for the seams – as a beginner sewer, my 7-year-old sews about 1/2 inch or more from the edge.  You can always trim excess fabric.

Balsam Sachet

Step 2

Sew three sides of the fabric, with the print to the inside.  If you have a longer piece that is folded in half, you only need to sew two sides.  For this, I marked the fabric with a pencil so that my daughter had a guide line to sew on.

Balsam Sachet

At this point, you turn the pocket inside out so that the seams are hidden. (The top is still open in the photo below).

Balsam Sachet

Step 3

Fill the pouch with your balsam needles.  (You might not want to stuff it too full if you have a child who might struggle with the pouch spilling while trying to sew).  Remember, you can add a few drops of balsam oil if you want to add a little extra scent!

Step 4

Tuck your remaining edges in.  You probably want to iron the seams and/or pin them so the edges stay neat while sewing the pouch closed.

Balsam Sachet

Step 5

Remove any pins you may have used.. you’re done!


This is such a cute project and great for little ones!  My kids loved collecting needles from our tree, using the sewing machine, and giving balsam sachets as gifts!


For this project, my 7-year-old is using her Janome sewing machine. This is a compact beginner’s sewing machine that works well – plus it comes in lots of cute colors!  (affiliate link)

By | 2017-01-10T14:21:01+00:00 January 8th, 2017|Children, Christmas, Crafts|7 Comments

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  1. valmg @ Mom Knows It All January 9, 2017 at 10:56 am - Reply

    That is such a neat idea! I love the smell of a real Christmas tree, this is a great way to preserve that.

  2. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle January 5, 2018 at 6:27 pm - Reply

    I LOVE this! Nothing beats the smell of pine, especially balsam. I have to try this. Super awesome!

  3. Mimi Green January 6, 2018 at 12:07 am - Reply

    This is a really crafty idea, I can think of so many things I would put inside. My daughter has had an urban garden for two years now. She would love the fabric you used.

  4. Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place January 6, 2018 at 1:05 am - Reply

    What a fun project for the little ones, this will definitely allow them to learn more about sewing as well. I really like the idea and it’s something that I don’t mind doing with my kids.

  5. Carol Cassara January 6, 2018 at 1:09 am - Reply

    This is a fun craft idea for the family, and I’m sure it’s going to be fun when you share the activity with the kids! They always like helping out after all! I’d love to try and make this when the kids come visit.

  6. Claudia Krusch January 7, 2018 at 2:48 am - Reply

    Balsam sachets are a great way to recycle some of the needles from your Christmas tree. I bet they smell amazing. Looks like you did a great job.

  7. Heather January 7, 2018 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Great job! My daughters have made lots of pillowcases but it’s nice to have something new to create. We will try these and then maybe pj’s.

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