Winter DIY Project: Balsam Fir Sachets and Pillows

Winter DIY Mission: Balsam Fir Sachets and Pillows

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Remodelista in Maine is an ode to the can-do, make-do, do-everything fashion of those that reside within the northeasternmost state. Written by our colleague Annie Quigley and printed final 12 months, the e book is stuffed with inside design inspiration that displays Down Easters’ practical-makes-perfect aesthetic. It additionally, not surprisingly, encompasses a plethora of DIY tasks, together with this one which captures the essence of the area’s aromatic forests into one tidy pillow. Conceived and photographed by Remodelista/Gardenista contributor Justine Hand, the pillow (or sachet, relying on the way you measurement it) is straightforward to make—an excellent souvenir whether or not you’re a born-and-bred Mainer or a smitten customer on the lookout for the proper memento.

Excerpted from Remodelista in Maine: A Design Lover’s Information to Impressed, Down-to-Earth Fashion, by Annie Quigley (Artisan Books). Pictures by Justine Hand.

Balsam Fir Pillow

Above: This undertaking could be scaled all the way down to make sachets, excellent for sock drawers and linen closets, or as much as make extra generously sized pillows to toss on a mattress.

Balsam fir is the perfume of Maine. That’s why sachets stuffed with the bushes’ fragrant needles could be present in each memento store all through the state. For our reimagined model, we eschewed the anticipated lobster, lighthouse, and blueberry motifs and as a substitute selected materials that mirror the textures and hues of Maine’s woodlands and shores.


  • Balsam fir, both dried or freshly harvested
  • Clippers, if utilizing contemporary balsam
  • Material scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pen
  • Stitching pins
  • Stitching machine (optionally available)
  • Needle and thread
  • Widemouthed funnel (optionally available)

Step 1

DIY Balsam Sachets by Justine Hand, from Remodelista in Maine

Bulk dried balsam is available on-line. If you happen to want to harvest your personal—say, after clearing a path or taking down the Christmas tree—first that you must study to differentiate balsam from its fellow conifer, spruce. Balsam has flat needles which might be spherical on the finish; spruce needles are square-shaped and have sharp, pointy tips. To prep balsam to your pillow, snip the finer branches into small bits with clippers.

Step 2

DIY Balsam Sachets by Justine Hand, from Remodelista in Maine

Cotton, linen, and wool are the textures of Maine. For a contemporary, cool model for summertime, use linen or cotton; if you wish to make your pillow cozier, use wool (we repurposed an previous wool child blanket for one among our pillows).

Step 3

DIY Balsam Sachets by Justine Hand, from Remodelista in Maine

Reduce two items of material which might be similar in measurement. Place what is going to change into the outer sides collectively, mark the define of your pillow (the dimensions is as much as you) with a ruler and pen on what is going to change into the within, and pin.

Step 4

DIY Balsam Sachets by Justine Hand, from Remodelista in Maine

Sew with a machine or by hand, leaving a 2-inch opening on one facet for the balsam. Flip the pillow proper facet out. Utilizing a widemouthed funnel or your fingers, fill the pillow. If utilizing contemporary balsam, stuff your pillow very full, because the balsam will compact because it dries. Sew the remaining opening by hand.

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