Sometimes you see things when you are shopping, and you instantly get a crafty inspiration. Well, at least, it happens to me. I have loved the Vermont Country Store ever since I visited the real store while in Vermont one autumn. When I saw their Natural Balsam Fir Needles in their catalog, I knew what I wanted to make. A felt pillow. It would be a little bit like my Lavender sachets that I made for the Monkey’s teachers, but have an embroidered holiday design. After the fir needles arrived, I thought some more, and realized that I could quickly add a Cinnamon Stick Christmas Tree to the felt pillow… and then I saw these perfectly sized burlap bags in Target. I thought that I could quickly combine all of the elements and get a rustic Balsam Cinnamon Christmas Tree Sachet and get a handcrafted holiday gift that took me less than fifteen minutes to create.
Most of the items for this project, you likely have lying around your craft room– well, at least I did. And I actually have started making a habit of buying burlap pouches whenever I see them at Target or Michaels. Now that I look for them I can
Balsam Cinnamon Christmas Tree Sachet Supply List
- Burlap Pouch
- Balsam Fir Needles
- Fabric Fuse
- Cinnamon Sticks
- Embroidery Floss
Because I wanted to turn this craft into a pillow more than a pouch, I removed the drawstring from the burlap pouch before filling it with the Balsam Fir needles. Once it was full, I used a small amount of Fabric Fuse to seal the opening of the pouch, and used a blanket stitch to sew the pouch closed.
Tie ribbons around the cinnamon stick. I made two different versions, one with 4 “branches” of ribbon, and another with 5 “branches.” Once the ribbon was looped around the cinnamon stick, I sewed the ribbon to the burlap pouch. I used a scrap piece of yellow felt to cut out a rustic star. The best part about a rustic star, is that it doesn’t have any need to be perfect. I attached the felt star with the Fabric Fuse.
Since I wanted to be able to give the sachet as a gift, I added a ribbon to the top of the sachet to allow it to be hung. In the first version, I just used a piece of the wired green ribbon, and attached it with a few stitches to each corner of the top of the sachet. In the second version, I braided the ribbon before sewing it to the sachet.
There are many different ways that you can personalize this, and it certainly doesn’t have to have a rustic look. With a white canvas pouch and vibrant greens and reds, you could make the design more modern, but there is something wonderful and homey about the smells of the cinnamon and balsam that suits the rustic design.
These were so easy to whip up, and I still have enough Balsam Needles, cinnamon sticks and burlap pouches to make a few more. I think I will be making some for our church holiday bazaar. They are definitely a Lightening 15 Minute Holiday craft!