My daughter got her first sewing machine for Christmas when she was nine years old. 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.
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.
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.
At this point, you turn the pocket inside out so that the seams are hidden. (The top is still open in the photo below).
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!
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.
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)