Category: Burlap Crafts

Dec 17

Burlap Santa Christmas Pillow

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Who doesn’t enjoy seeing a jolly Santa face during the holidays?  This DIY pillow will be a Christmas favorite in my home for years to come.  To make this Santa pillow, we used a burlap pillow flat, tea dyed pre-made yoyos and a bit of homespun fabric.  My very talented friend, Annetta Gregory, painted the face.  I love the personality she gave my Santa!  Then I stitched the hat fabric into place and then glued the yoyos on.  Taking care, of course, to avoid stitching or gluing through to the back side of the pillow.  I had a 16″ poly fiberfil pillow insert that I used to stuff my pillow but you could also use any 16″ – 18″ size pillow that you had on hand which you might be tired of.   This Santa pillow now sits on my fireplace hearth.  Notice how well he goes with our burlap and homespun initial charm stockings?

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Oct 12

Burlap and Ivory Christmas Trees

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Shall we all agree that ivory lace and fabric looks so amazing and feminine when combined with the color and texture of burlap?  These cute ruffled burlap and ivory Christmas trees were super simple to make and can be displayed during the holidays or at a wedding or even as everyday decor with a rustic theme.    I recently made several trees to sell at an October craft show and I was surprised at how easy and quick these trees were to put together when I used our pre-ruffled burlap ribbons.  Following is a brief outline of how I created one of these tree designs.  The basic process is the same for all of them and you can change up the look by changing your materials or fabrics.  The possibilities are limitless!

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  1. These instructions are for the larger burlap and ivory fabric tree on the far right in the image above.  For this tree, you’ll need:
  2. If you can find a pre-made tree form at a craft store that is the correct size, you can spend a little extra money and save time by skipping the next few steps.  However, if you take the time to make your own form, you can be picky about the size and get exactly what you want.  It’s very simple.
  3. Roll your poster board into a megaphone shape with a small opening about 1/2 inch on one end.  You can make it either short ‘n’ fat or tall ‘n’ skinny.  If you’re making more than one tree, it’s cute to make several different sizes.  You’ll want the styrofoam disc to fit loosely into the bottom of the cone.   But don’t wedge the disc up in there yet, just test it for size right now.
  4. Once you’ve got a shape/size you are happy with, tape the poster board into the cone shape.  Use lots of tape to cover any poster board overlaps.
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  5. Crumple up newsprint or any type of paper filler and stuff into the cone.  Make sure you get some small pieces stuffed all the way up to the top.  You can stuff the top inch or two from the top opening.
  6. Loosely place the styrofoam disc inside the cone and mark the cone around the bottom of the disc.  Try to make the disc as level as possible but don’t worry too much.  You will be able to adjust it for levelness in a minute.
  7. Now trim off any extra poster board around the bottom.  Keep trimming until the cone can sit snugly down over the top of the styrofoam.
  8.  Adjust the placement of the cone until it stands straight on the styrofoam.  This is an important step because if you don’t get it standing upright now, you will forever have a leaning Christmas tree!  It’s ok for the disc to show under the posterboard.  You are going to cover all that soon.   Just keep messing with the placement of the cone and the disc until you get the disc wedged tight and the tree straight.
  9. Glue the disc into place with a hot glue gun or regular crafter’s glue and give it time to set up firmly.  From this point on, all gluing should be done with a hot glue gun.
  10. Now double down on the styrofoam by taping it into place also.  Use a generous amount of packing tape and tape multiple times across the bottom of the cone until the styrofoam is mostly covered in tape.
  11. Now your base is finished!  If you purchased a base, you can pick up with us now on the next step.
  12. Glue a band of the 1″ wide burlap ribbon around the bottom of the cone.  Make sure that the lower edge of the ribbon comes all the way to the table so that the poster board and styrofoam are fully hidden at the bottom of the tree.
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  13. Now take your 4″ ruffled ribbon and begin gluing it around the bottom. Place it so that the bottom edge just brushes the table.  Make one complete row around the bottom.  When you get back to the beginning, keep going but begin gradually moving the row up until the bottom of the new row is just touching the top of the old row.  This is the spacing that you want to keep now all the way up the tree.   Be sure to gently hold the burlap against the cone for a moment or two to give the hot glue time to set up.  This will keep the rows from sliding around after they have been placed.wrap2
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  14. Somewhere about 2/3 of the way up the tree, you will want to start adding a few extra pleats to give the ribbon a little more fullness.  This can easily be done by pinching up the burlap after you’ve glued it on but before the glue is set.
  15. Wrap all the way to the top in a continuous line.  When you reach the end of the first roll of ribbon, just glue that down and overlap the new one over it by approximately 3/4 inch.  Remember to continue to pinch in some extra fullness as you get to the top so that your layers are fluffy.
  16. When you reach the top, cut the ruffle at an angle from the top to the bottom as shown below.  Then glue the raw edge to the top of the tree, pinching and ruffling it with the glue.
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  17.  Now tear (don’t cut) 5 – 6 strips of fabric.  Each strip should be about 4″ wide and 44″ long.
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  18. Gather the fabric by stitching with a machine along one side with a long spaced running stitch.  Pull the thread from the back side to gather the fabric to create a ruffle.
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  19. You will glue the fabric ruffle to the cone about 2″ above the burlap ruffle all the way around.  But first, start at the bottom where your burlap ruffle first began to incline.  Tuck the fabric ruffle up out of sight there and glue in place.  Let the fabric ruffle slowly begin to appear under the burlap ruffle until it is about evenly spaced between the burlap ruffle above and the burlap ruffle below.
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  20. Glue a small piece of the 2″ ruffled burlap all around the top to finish it off and to hide the top of the cone from sight.
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  21. Now for the star topper.  Clip a small hole in the bottom of the star ornament and insert the dowel rod.  Push it fairly far up so that it will keep the star secure and upright.  Secure with glue.  Wrap the plastic pearl beads around the base  of the dowel rod.  You could also use jute for this if you wish instead of beads.  After all glue has set, insert the bottom of the dowel rod into the top of the tree.  If you don’t feel it hitting some of the paper stuffing, then stuff a little more into the cone from the top.  Small pieces work best.  Use a generous amount of glue to glue the dowel rod into the cone.  Like a LOT of glue.  It’s going to have to fill up any airspace left around the papers to hold the star securely.
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  22. Now this step is not always necessary.  But if you find that the top of your tree is kind of messy looking where the star goes into the tree, you can glue some coiled up jute into place around the stem of the star to hide any messiness.  I made several trees this weekend and some needed this little extra cosmetic and some didn’t.tiptop

There you have it!  A great easy way to make a holiday burlap tree with lots of “wow” factor.  Of course, this design can be developed in so many different directions.  One of my favorites is to leave out the white fabric and just make the burlap rows closer together.  If you do that you’ll need twice as much of the 4″ ruffle and you’ll want to space the rows about 2″ apart.  Another great version is to cover your cone with burlap first and then glue the 2″ ruffle around in a spiral pattern with about 1″ between the rows.  Both of these alternative designs are included in the picture below.

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Are you inspired to give this a try?  Will you make one just like one of these or will you put your own special touch to it and make something uniquely yours?  We’d love to see pictures of what you make!

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5,6

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Nov 25

Burlap Christmas Stocking Crafts

 

IMG_0264-4I’ve been looking at these Simple Burlap Stockings in the studio for quite some time now thinking what a great canvas they would be for Christmas colors.  Last weekend I finally found some time to “play” with the stockings.  When you start with a basic element like the Simple Stocking, the majority of the work has already been done for you.  You can just jump right into the fun part of embellishing!  This is especially good if you want to make a variety of similar but different products to sell as a craft.  The stockings I made will be placed in a local craft store and hopefully finding new homes before Christmas but I wanted to show them to you here and maybe inspire you to get your Christmas craft on!

I’ve in love with this tea dyed vintage style Venetian lace that we have now so I used it on most of my stockings.  I think the soft, elegant but shabby style of the lace is a great combo with the rougher, rustic burlap.  I also used homespun yoyos, ribbon, and fabric to create a variety of different styled designs.

Today I took a good look at our Ruffled Burlap Stocking and decided maybe it could be a good canvas also.  The oh-so-cute ruffle at the top of the stocking seemed to give it a more playful attitude so for this stocking, I embellished with our new Christmas color wood buttons, brightly colored rick rack, fabric, burlap flowers and jute string.

No two are the same which is what made this project so fun.  Using the pre-made burlap stockings as a canvas for embellishing is what made these crafts super quick and easy.  These stockings are great for family craft night yet they are economical enough to sell them at a craft show for a little Christmas cash.

If the Christmas craft bug has you now, make sure that you are on our mailing list.  Stefanie is planning some Cyber Monday specials in the Homespun & Burlap Christmas category this year.

So plug in a little Christmas music, grab some hot cider and tour my embellished Christmas stockings.  Enjoy!

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 ”May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.”

Psalm 33:22

 

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Apr 14

Anna’s Wall Hanging Project

Looking for a creative way to display pictures for events such as wedding showers, graduations, etc? Perhaps you would like to spice up your home with a creative display of family pictures. This wall hanging project can be decorated any way you like to fit your occasion or home theme. I will be describing how I made my couple-themed wall hanging. This wall hanging would be a great decorative addition at a wedding shower!

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1. Prepare your wall hanging backdrop: For this project, I used a burlap table runner with lace for the backdrop. I cut the runner directly in half and folded the raw edge 3 inches over. I then sewed across to make a hole large enough to slide a rod through. The hole size can be adjusted accordingly.

2. Design your header: I started the decorating process by creating my header. I cut out a 6″ x 10″ piece of Milano Damask printed burlap and tore an 8.5″ x 18″ piece of black solid homespun fabric out of a fat quarter. I placed the printed burlap in the middle of the fabric and folded the sides of the fabric over to touch the edges of the burlap. (This should make the width the same width of the runner at 14″). Then I folded the top and bottom flaps over the printed burlap and sewed to attach them together. That secured the sides and created a frame around the printed burlap.

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3. Make a title for your header: For my theme, I printed the word “Together” on a piece of card stock and glued the word into the center of the framed printed burlap header. I then glued the entire header onto the burlap runner adjacent to the seam for the rod.

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4. Find a layout for your pictures: I laid out the pictures to find a layout that worked well. Once I knew where the pictures were going, I cut out 1.5″ x 12″  strips of the printed damask burlap. I glued the strips just above where I wanted my pictures to hang. Once the strips were glued in place, I cut segments of jute twine that were a little longer than the 12″ printed burlap strips. I rolled the ends of the twine to make a small pinwheel and glued the pinwheels to keep them from unraveling. Then I glued the pinwheels on the edges of the strips so that the twine lay across the middle of the strips. I did this three times until I had created the correct amount of lines for my chosen pictures to hang on. Using mini clothespins, I pinned the pictures on the twine.

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5. Add embellishments. I glued 3 whimsy heart buttons to either side of the header. The last embellishments I added were printed on card stock and mounted just above the lace at the bottom of the runner and to the sides of my middle picture. I glued the words directly to the burlap runner. The sentence, which I framed with black solid fabric, was also glued to the burlap runner.

6. Add extra support (if needed). For more support to keep the wall hanging from bending inward, I glued 3 strips of sturdy cardboard to the back of the runner.

I also have created this family-themed wall hanging. Sticks were used to give the hanging more of a rustic feeling. The materials used for this wall hanging were Sassafras red homespun fabric, red chevron burlap ribbon (which was cut down the middle), assorted fabric yoyos, various buttons, and Kraft Scripture tags.

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Mar 06

St. Patrick’s Day Burlap & Homespun Craft Projects

lucky-2Spring is coming soon and that means it’s time to line up your spring holiday crafting projects!  We’ve been doing a few St. Patrick’s Day themed project in the studio the past few weeks.  I’m sharing three of them here in this post and the last one, the Blessings Wall Hanging, has some step by step photos of the entire project.  We are also be giving away some St. Patrick’s Day bling in our Jubilee Rhinestones  store so be sure to check that out if you enjoy the giveaways.


 

GreenWreathChevron, anyone?  Jubilee Fabric has some really cute chevron burlap ribbons in stock now.  This green chevron was just begging to be implemented into a St. Patrick’s Day craft!  These two projects were incredibly simple and they both turned out very nicely.  The grapevine wreath was purchased at our local craft store and then simply wrapped with the green chevron burlap.  The edges of the burlap are wired so it stays where you put it and the bow is easy to shape.  After the ribbon and the bow were secured with hot glue, we glued a random assortment of our wooden buttons to add interest.

 


 

floraWho doesn’t love to see a little girl with a bow in her hair?  Flora’s aunt made this St. Patrick’s Day bow for her out of the same green chevron burlap ribbon.  We love the unique design of the bow and since this bow is simply green chevron burlap, it will keep Flora from getting pinched on St. Patrick’s Day AND it will be adorable with any green outfit for the rest of the year!  I’m thinking this could even look really cute with something for Christmas as well.

 

 


 

CloverDecorPinterestThis adorable door decor was created by our digital designer, Sara.  Obviously, Sara’s design skills go well beyond digital art!  She stitched together some 4″ squares cut from our Shamrock Green homespun fabric.  Then Sara cut a clover design from the stitched squares, clipped the outer raw edges just a bit and washed it in the washing machine to fray those clipped edges.  She cut a larger clover design from burlap and glued the washed fabric clover onto it adding a bit of polyester fiberfill in between the two layers.  This makes the fabric clover just a bit puffy and gives it a 3D effect.  Just a simple piece of burlap or jute glued to the back will make a nice hanger.  The finishing touch of some green rick rack and a burlap bow makes this a totally unique and adorable door or wall decor.


IMG_31142In researching a bit about St. Patrick’s Day, I discovered a number of really beautiful “Irish Blessings” which have apparently been passed through the generations in Ireland.  This inspired me to create a holiday wall hanging that quoted a phrase from one of the blessings.  The hardest part was picking which phrase to use but I finally settled on “May God bless you and be with you.”  I used the Custom Rhinestone Word option in the Jubilee Rhinestones store to create the text in sparkling green rhinestones.  Following are some step by step pictures of the project in process and some brief instructions on how to make something similar.

Blessings Wall Hanging

You will need:

  • 1 large size burlap drawstring bag
  • 8-10 four inch squares of assorted homespun fabric
    * Its important to use homespun fabric.  Regular cotton won’t fray well.
  • Small piece of burlap approximate 10″ x 10″
  • Rhinestone lettering of your choice (or other type of lettering)
  • 2 cute wood buttons
  • 1″ frayed edge burlap ribbon or thick jute string for hanger.
  • approximately 1″ x 12″ thick cardboard
  • one piece of scrap canvas type fabric approximately 14″ x 14″
  • green embroidery floss or thin green yarn for outline stitching on clover
  1. Lay out your four inch squares in a pinwheel design onto the center of your scrap canvas fabric.  Pin the centers into place but leave the outer edges loose.
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  2. Begin with any square and stitch the three visible sides down by stitching about 3/8 inch from the raw edge.  Use a contrasting color fabric and a long loose stitch because you will be removing this stitching later on.  For each square, you’ll need to fold the square next to it back so that you can stitch three sides.IMG_3077IMG_3078
  3. Continue all the way around the pinwheel stitching the three visible sides of each block individually.IMG_3077
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  4. Stitch the last square as far as you can, folding back the first square and stitching right up to the stitch line.IMG_3081
  5. Cut a clover shape from the burlap piece and pin it into the center of the pinwheel.  Stitch in place by stitching about 3/8″ from the raw edges of the burlap.  Use a small tight stitch and a coordinated color thread this time because this stitching is not coming out!IMG_3083IMG_3084
  6. Now clip the exposed raw edges with small clips about 3/8 – 1/2 inch apart.  Be careful that you don’t clip into the stitching.IMG_3090IMG_3088
  7. Machine wash and dry this piece to fray the exposed edges.  After it’s removed from the dryer, press from the back side to remove wrinkles.IMG_3099
  8. Remove the outer stitching around the pinwheel but leave the stitching around the burlap clover intact.IMG_3100
  9. Cut away the scrap canvas fabric backing by trimming from the back side really close to the clover stitching.IMG_3101
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  10. Use green embroidery floss or thin green yard to stitch some giant hand stitches around the burlap clover to outline it.IMG_3106
  11. Now use a hot glue gun to glue this onto your burlap drawstring bag with the drawstring opening at the top.  Apply your lettering of choice to the top portion of the bag.  We used iron on rhinestone letters from Jubilee Rhinestones. Now glue the cardboard piece into the top of the bag between the front and the back about 1/2″ down from the top edge.  Glue both front and back sides.  Then glue the very top together sealing the cardboard inside the bag.IMG_3107
  12. Glue the buttons onto the 1″ frayed burlap ribbon and glue each end of the ribbon to the top corners of the bag to make a hanger.  This jute twine can be used in place of the ribbon if you wish.

There you have it!  A cute burlap Irish Blessing for your door or wall.  The advantage to using the burlap bag is that all the edges are already finished off for you and it’s such a perfect size for a door hanging.  I may be making more of these for future holidays this year.

Did you like the rhinestone lettering that we used?  We are giving away a similar iron on that says “LUCKY” in the two tone green rhinestones.  You can enter the giveaway here.  Entries will be accepted until March 11, 2014.

So in honor of my new found fondness of Irish blessings, I’ll leave you with one of my favorites:

May God be with you and bless you.
May you see your children’s children.
May you be poor in misfortunes
and rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness
from this day forward.

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Feb 17

Upcycled Outfits Featuring Burlap & Homespun

FloClothes2What could be more fun for the thrifty crafter than bringing to life some boring clothes with a little creative embellishing?  This cute outfit that Flora is modeling for us was purchased from Ebay.  The basic denim shirt and the plain corduroy skirt were gently used and very affordable but they were, well… boring.  Just a little bit of homespun fabric and burlap made the two basic elements into a fresh, adorable outfit.

I am featuring two of my Ebay upcycles in this post and some basic instructions for each one.  I hope this will inspire you to look at boring clothes as a canvas just begging for embellishment.  This is a fun and rewarding challenge and I’m sure you will come up with some amazing embellishment ideas of your own.

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To the denim shirt I added a cute ruffled homespun embellishment on the collar.  It’s important to use homespun here because it’s the same on both sides and so the plain back side won’t show in the ruffles.  We tore a long strip of homespun that was just a little narrower than the collar.  Tearing is much preferred over cutting with scissors because it will keep the edges straight with the plaid and it will not ravel beyond the first thread or two when it’s torn.  This long strip doesn’t need to be in once piece, you can connect various strips with a seam.  If you tear your strips so that the plaid will match up, you won’t even see the seam.

The long strip of homespun was loosely gathered by stitching down the middle with a long stitch and then pulling the stitch thread from the bottom side to ruffle it.  This “ruffle” was then stitched directly onto the top of the collar from one side to the other.  Just cut the ruffle when you get all the way across the collar.  Once it’s washed, the cut edges will soften to look like the torn edges.

For the skirt, I stitched a strip of the 2″ Frayed Edge Burlap Ribbon onto the bottom edge.  Then I added another strip of the ruffled homespun which was created exactly the same way as the ruffle on the shirt collar.  I overlapped the ruffled just a bit at the point where the two edges met.  Then I stitched on a few flower shaped wood buttons to give the skirt some whimsical detail.  A roll of our 1″ Frayed Edge Burlap Ribbon was used to make the tied belt.

By the way… our Frayed Edge Burlap Ribbons are great for adding some burlap to your sewing projects.  It has no wire and the edges are frayed and then stitched securely so that they don’t continue to fray while you handle it or wash it.

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The flower bow in Flora’s hair was super easy!  I started with a  gathered a 2″ strip of torn homespun again but this time I did the stitching on one side.   I pulled this tight until one side of the strip was closed up and the other side spread out like a flower.  If your strip is long, it can overlap some or if not, it’s ok to just meet the ends together.  I glued the two ends down and put some glue on the back side to hold the center part in place.  This is the outer part of the flower.

Then I cut a couple of pieces of the 1″ Frayed Burlap Ribbon and placed them over the center in an “X” pattern and glued into place.  Finally I put a cute button to match the buttons on the skirt in the center of the burlap X and glued that into place.  I then stitched this flower bow onto a simple bobby pin which allowed me to use it in Flora’s hair on as an embellishment on her burlap bag.

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Upcycled Project #2

FloClothes1-1This little chambray shirt was another used Ebay purchase that I picked up very inexpensively.  It was actually pretty cute as it was but with just a few simple additions, we made a super cute shirt that coordinated with Flora’s burlap shoulder bag.

First I trimmed off a thin edge of one side of some 1″ Frayed Edge Burlap Ribbon and stitched a zig zag stitch onto the raw cut edge to prevent further fraying.  This burlap “trim” was then stitched under the edge of the existing ruffle on this chambray shirt.  More of the 1″ Frayed Edge Burlap Ribbon was used to replace the fabric belt and that’s all there was to it!

  Here’s a nice before and after pic of the shirt.

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These particular projects were made last fall and Flora loved wearing her burlap clothes to fall events.  Of course, I personally think burlap is a fun accent for any season.  Are you inspired to embellish with burlap and homespun?  Whether you browse through your closets or browse through garage sales or just browse online, you will surely find a perfect canvas for embellishing.  So if you create something fun or interesting, please send us some pics!  We love being inspired!

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Feb 05

Embellishing Burlap Gift Bags

bannerBurlap is the latest hot trend in weddings and home decor and we’ve been discovering that burlap is the perfect canvas for embellishing in a wide variety of styles.  Featured in this post are some of the drawstring burlap bags that we’ve been playing with here in the studio this month.

These are super easy projects that can be completed very quickly with our blank burlap bags and some are even “no sew” projects.  We used fabrics and notions that we had lying around and left over from previous projects.

So if you like these bags, just take a look around your own crafting space and see what elements you have already that could be applied to a blank burlap bag.  Let your imagination loose and you will surely create your own unique burlap bags for display or for gift giving.

Below I’ve included some photos of our bags with a brief comment for each.  Click on each bag image to view it up close and see the details.  We also have a full tutorial for creating a personalized monogram gift bag which is a bit more complicated than the others but SO worth the effort!  So browse our bags and be inspired!


patchwork yoyoThis bag is SO easy!  All you need is our small 8″ x 12″ blank burlap bag, some fabric scraps and a glue gun.  Put a piece of scrap paper inside the bag so that the glue won’t leak through to the back side.  Cut three different size squares from three different fabrics and arrange them on the bag in a random design. Glue into place.  Make three fabric yoyos using different fabrics or use our premade homespun fabric yoyos as I did in this example.  If you don’t know how to make a yoyo, here’s a great tutorial I found online.  Glue your yoyos into place and you’re done!  You could also add bits of lace or buttons or many other sewing elements to this design.


bridesmaid-green Many brides today are using burlap in their wedding decor.  This adorable bridesmaid design serves as an adorable gift bag and a keepsake for the attendants as well.  The iron-on rhinestone transfer is available from Jubilee Rhinestones.  The “bridesmaid” word was iron onto a strip of solid fabric and then glued to the burlap bag.  Be sure to insert some paper into the bag first so that the glue won’t leak through to the back side.  Trim the side edges evenly and add some lace to cover the long edges.  We glued some ruffled 2″ lace to the back of one of our burlap flowers and then glued the flower to the bag.  Ta da!  The perfect combo of bling, lace and burlap!


love-blue This design was constructed similar to the bridesmaid design.  We used a thinner fabric strip and put some homespun fabric with raw torn edges behind the burlap flower this time.  The iron on rhinestone letters that spell “LOVE” are available at Jubilee Rhinestones.  Of course, that could be customized to your preference and you could spell a name or Happy Birthday or whatever was appropriate.

 


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This little heart design would make a perfect bag for Valentine’s Day or it could be used as decor in a country style theme.  We cut out a heart design on the diagonal using our Red Delicious 6 homespun fabric and glued that to the burlap bag.  Insert paper into the bag before gluing so that the glue won’t leak through to the back side.  Then we made a 1″ ruffle with raw torn edges from our Red Delicious 5 homespun fabric.  We glued the ruffle to the bag, covering the raw edges of the heart and starting/ending at the top of the heart.  We finished this off with a skinny burlap strip tied into a bow and one of our heart shaped wood buttons.


ginger-blue-stripe If you ever make rag style throws as gifts, you will LOVE this bag idea!  I recently made this chevron style throw for a friend and I simply used my leftover quilt pieces to embellish a matching gift bag.  I used the large size burlap bag and the throw fit perfectly inside.  A matching gift bag really made the entire gift presentation unique and crafty.  To create the frayed edges on the bag embellishment, I first stitched the pieces together, then stitched them very loosely on a piece of heavy canvas fabric.  Then I clipped the edges just like I did for the rag style throw and washed it in a washing machine to create the “fray”.  After drying, I used a seam ripper to separate the frayed fabric from the cotton canvas.  Then I glued the frayed fabric onto the burlap bag.  Be sure to place a piece of paper inside the bag first so that the glue doesn’t lead through to the back.  This project only works with homespun fabric.  Regular cottons just do not fray as well.

 


701-008-001How easy is this??!!  Just tear a strip of homespun fabric about 2.5 inches wide and tie it around the filled bag.  I did that this year for several Christmas gifts and the recipients were almost as excited about the bag as they were the gifts!  If you don’t have any homespun on hand to tear into strips, we have some pre-cut 2.5 inch homespun in a few color options.

 


VanillaBagsThis year for Christmas, I also made my own “homemade vanilla” as office gifts for my husband to give to his co-workers.  Everyone was so pleased to receive their vanilla bottle bagged in this fun and easy burlap project.  I used our 5″ wide burlap and cut it in strips that were 4 times longer than the height of the bottle.  I folded it in half and stitched the long sides with a tight stitch.  Then I dropped the bottle inside and tied it with two torn homespun fabric bows in Christmas colors.  The results were SO cute that I’m planning another set done in everyday colors to use as hostess gifts and such.

 


baby-showerThis precious bag was done for a recent baby shower gift.  Needless to say, there were plenty of oohs and aahs over the bag as well as the gift inside.  In this case, I didn’t have time to make something handmade for the baby but the gift was still personal due to the handmade bag.  If you are interested in trying one of these, we have a full tutorial about how to make this personalized burlap gift bag.

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Feb 05

Personalized Burlap and Ragged Homespun Gift Bag

baby-showerWe all know that presentation is sometimes almost as important as the gift it’s self and with just a little effort, you can create this amazing personalized burlap and homespun gift bag.  The bag pictured here was for a baby shower for a new baby named Lucy.  Thus I chose to use the Petal Pink homespun fabrics in this embellishment.  Following is a brief tutorial outlining how we created this particular gift bag.  These basic methods can easily be altered to fit your situation or needs.   I hope you enjoy seeing this bag come together and I hope you are inspired to create your own unique creation!

 

Materials List:

1 blank burlap drawstring bag (any size will work according to your needs)
Assorted homespun fabric remnants and swatches in your chosen color scheme
*Only homespun fabric is recommended.  Regular cottons just do not fray as well.
1/2 to 1 yard fabric to wrap the gift inside
glue gun and glue
scrap piece of heavy cotton canvas or denim, approximately the same size as your bag

 

  1. From a piece of scrap paper, cut out a heart shape that fits nicely onto the burlap bag you are using.  Remember when you are sizing it that there will be about 1 inch of ruffled added to the edges.
  2. Use this paper heart as a pattern to cut out two fabric hearts: one from the fabric that you want to use for the heart background and one from the fabric that you want to use for the monogram letter.
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  3. Draw your letter on the second heart using a light color pen or washable pen.  Center it on the heart the way you want it centered on the bag.  If you make a mistake, just redraw.  The ink lines will disappear when we are done if you are using a light color.
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  4. Place this heart over the top of the background heart and match up all the edges.  Pin in place.
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  5. Now stitch a single line of small tight stitching following the lines of the letter.  Be sure to backstitch well at the beginning and the end to tie it down good.
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  6. Cut away all the excess fabric of the top heart leaving about 1/4 t0 1/2 inch of fabric around the stitching lines.  Be very careful that you don’t cut or clip the background heart below.  Use a seam ripper to open any “loops” so that you can cut out the fabric inside the loop.
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  7. Make small “clips” into the remaining fabric of the upper layer being very careful not to clip into the stitching or the background heart below.  Clips should be about 1/4 inch apart.  Clip diagonally into any corners.
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  8. Place the heart onto your heavy cotton canvas on denim piece and pin in place.
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  9. Stitch around the perimeter of the heart with a long stitch about 5/8 inches from the raw edge.  You don’t want this stitching to be tight because you will be removing it later.IMG_2615
  10. Clip the exposed seam allowance around the edges of the heart being careful not to clip into the stitching.  Clips should be about 1/2 inch apart and about 1/2 deep.  Clip diagonally at the “v” at the top and the bottom of the heart.
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  11. Machine wash the heart and canvas and tumble dry.  This will cause all those “clips” to become a lovely “fray”.  After it’s dry, remove the heart from the canvas very carefully with a seam ripper.
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  12. Press the heart gently from the back side if needed and place it on your burlap bag.  Once you have it aligned the way you want, glue it into place. Put some scrap paper into the bag so that the glue won’t leak through to the back side.  Embellish with a fabric bow or jute bow.  … or make it your own with your own creative embellishment ideas!
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  13. Now you need to find that extra 1/2 to 1 yard of fabric for “wrapping” your gift.  Loosely wrap the chosen gift in the fabric and place the entire bundle inside the bag.
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  14. There you have it! An adorable little personalized gift bag that will sure to be kept and treasured for years!  Are you going to make one of these?  We’d love to see pictures!  With projects like this, everyone puts their own creative spin on it and it’s so fun to share and be inspired.
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    You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy;
    In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
    Psalm 16:10-11

 

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Nov 19

Burlap & Homespun Christmas Tree Decorations

When do you decorate your Christmas tree?  Thanksgiving weekend?  Christmas Eve?  Early in December?  Most families have some sort of tradition associated with decorating the Christmas tree in their home.  When our kids were younger, we would decorate the tree on Thanksgiving evening and we always bought a family movie to watch during the activity.  We enjoy change in our family so some years the tree decor would bust out in some new color or theme.

This year we decorated a bit early because of the late Thanksgiving schedule and we did a burlap and homespun inspired tree!  Oh the creative possibilities with THAT!  So… I cordially invite you to “tour our tree” through the images below and see all the fun burlap and homespun fabric decorations.  Once you get started thinking along this line, the ideas start flowing.  I bet these pictures will spark some creative ideas of your own and if they do, please leave us a comment telling us what YOU would do with burlap and/or homespun on a Christmas tree.

Our first picture here is the full view of the tree in all it’s glory, from the ribbon bow top to the ruffled burlap skirt bottom!  All the various decor items were sourced from our website:  www.JubileeFabric.com

Sitting on top is a bow made from two rolls of the 2″ Red Chevron Wired Edge Burlap Ribbon.  The we wrapped some more of the Red Chevron Burlap Ribbon around the tree as a garland.  For this particular tree, I think we used about 5 more rolls.  We made fabric “gumdrop” ornaments using three homespun yoyos glued together and some jute string.

We whipped up a good old fashion “chain” garland using our 1″ Frayed Edge Burlap Ribbon and a glue gun.  The ribbon was cut into 6.5 inch strips and then just looped together and glued to form a chain.  Each roll of 1″ ribbon would give us about 30″ – 33″ of chain garland.  This would be a really fun Christmas craft project for kids if you used Elmers glue instead of hot glue.

The red bows covering the tree were made from our 1.5″ Homespun Fabric Strips in the Dark Red 2 fabric color option.  The strips are 40″ long and come in a set of 12.  We cut them to 20″ before tying the bows so we got 24 bows from one pack of strips.

My daughter Sara used Christmas homespun scraps to add a fabric embellishment to a couple of our Burlap Triangle Flag Banners.  These banners are typically used over fireplaces or over window but they looked ADORABLE on this tree as an unique decor element.

 


Finally, we filled in all the gaps with these soft, feminine burlap and homespun fabric flowers and a generous helping of large and small size Burlap Ball Ornaments.   The finishing touch was few quilted homespun ornaments that were handmade by my mom.

This Ruffled Burlap Tree Skirt anchored our picture perfect Christmas tree with such burlap fluffiness!  Designed to go with the Ruffled Burlap Tree Skirt are some adorable Ruffled Burlap Stockings which will soon be hanging from my mantle.

By the way… did you notice the homespun and burlap wrapped gifts under the tree?  And the burlap drawstring gift bags?  That’s a little preview of another blog that will be coming soon!  I’m going to show you all the cute ways we found to wrap up your Christmas in burlap and homespun fabric.  Stay tuned!

Did you think of some fun and creative ideas for burlap and homespun?  We’d love to hear about it!  Just leave us a comment with your idea or suggestion or even better, send us a picture of what you make!  Be inspired!

 

But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord, My times are in Your hand.
Psalm 31: 14,15

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Nov 06

Cutest Little Burlap Christmas Tree EVER!

Break out the Christmas crafts!  If you’re going to have them ready for the holidays, you need to start early.  At least, that’s my excuse anyway.  Honestly, I could probably be happy doing Christmas crafts all year long.  Especially this year since we’ve added a lot of new burlap products and materials to our inventory.  So, as my first Christmas craft of the season, I present to you the Cutest Little Burlap Christmas Tree EVER!

I saw a similar tree for sale at a market and knew I’d just have to try making one.  It was actually much easier than I had anticipated.  I took pics along the way and I’ve written some brief overview instructions below.  This basic concept could be adapted several different ways depending on your personal taste.  If you make one of these, send us a picture!  We’d love to show some of them on our Jubilee Fabric facebook page.

Cutest Little Burlap Christmas Tree EVER

Materials:

  • You’ll need a basic styrofoam cone shape as the base.  If you want to be creative, you can use just about any cone shape.  This will dictate the size of your tree.  The cone I used was about 12″ tall.
  • A couple sheets of kraft label paper.  This will be used to cover the cone and make a background for the burlap folds.   If you don’t want to buy the label paper, you can just glue any kraft paper to your cone.
  • Burlap:  It’s hard to say how much because the bigger your tree, the more burlap you’ll need.  For this size, I used about four rolls of our 4 inch wide frayed burlap ribbon.
  • Topper:  Use your imagination!  This 2″ wire edged red chevron ribbon was perfect for my design.  This bow was made from one roll.
  • Glue gun and glue.  … lots of it!

Instructions & pics:

  1. Cover your cone with the kraft label paper or otherwise glue kraft paper onto the cone.
  2. Cut about twenty 4 inch wide squares from the burlap.  Fold them together matching 2 opposite corners and put a dab of glue to hold the corners together.
  3. Now glue one of the burlap folds onto your cone as shown in the image below.  Make sure the bottom of the fold lightly touches the table.  Glue the top of the fold securely to the cone.  Then just tack the bottom of the cone with just a dab of glue.  You basically just want to keep it lined up nicely in place.  Make sure you don’t glue any of this bottom row to the table!
  4. Keep adding more folds until you go all the way around the base of the cone.
  5. Now add a second row just about 1″ above the first.  Squeeze a new fold in between the existing folds of the first row.  Again, attache them securely at the top but just tack them in place at the bottom to keep them from sticking out awkwardly.  Depending on the size of your cone, you may need to make a few more 4″ squares to complete these two rows.  I basically just made up the squares as I needed them since it’s kind of hard to predict.

  6. Now cut some 3.5 inch squares and repeat steps 3 – 5 to create two more rows of folds made with the 3.5 inch squares.
  7. Even smaller now… cut some 3 inch squares and make two more rows.  If your cone is much taller than mine, you may want to make three rows instead of two.
  8. One more time… cut 2.5 inch squares and finish off the last couple rows with these small ones.
  9. Now pull out any burlap “strings” that are coming loose from the sides.  You may have to clip them with the scissors to get them out if they have been caught in the glue.  Pull loose strings as much or as little as you want to create a slight fraying on the edges of the burlap.
  10. Top the tree with your embellishment of choice.  I made a bow out of a single roll of our Red Chevron Wire Edge burlap ribbon which will coordinate nicely with some other Christmas projects I have planned.  But I also experimented with several different toppers which I photographed to show you.

I think this project probably took me just about an hour to finish.  I’ve already received lots of compliments on my little tree and I’ve been so pleased with it.  So throw on some Christmas music, break out the hot cider and make a burlap Christmas tree for your home!  Happy Christmas crafting, everyone!

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