Category: Burlap Crafts

Oct 25

Homespun & Burlap Fall Wreaths

I absolutely LOVE decorating for the holidays!  Every year as I start digging out my holiday decor I feel like I’m seeing old friends that I haven’t seen in a year.  How we decorate our homes is such an important element in all our various holiday traditions.  In honor of home and family, our next few blogs will be featuring some fun, simple homespun and burlap holiday craft ideas.  Today I’m going to show you two completely different fall color wreaths that I made using our Nantucket homespun fabric and our frayed edge burlap ribbon.

 

#1 -  No-Sew Puffy Burlap Wreath

Materials:

1 metal wire floral wreath frame, 18″ wide
1 – 1/2 yard homespun fabric
4 rolls of our 4″ wide frayed edge burlap ribbon
(the edges of our burlap ribbons are stitched so it won’t unravel while you work with it!)
1 wired beaded garland in fall colors (optional)
Glue gun and 1 or 2 glue sticks
1 large wood button

This wreath is SUPER easy, SUPER fast and SUPER cute!  First you will want to unroll your burlap and press it lightly with an iron to straighten it out flat.  Now use the glue gun to attach all the rolls, end to end so that you have one long strip of burlap.

Tear one strip of fabric 4 inch wide. Tear from selvage to selvage.  Now tear the rest of the fabric into strips that are approximately 2 inches wide.  Connect your 2 inch homespun fabric strips the same way as the burlap, end to end, so that you have one long fabric strip.  Save the 4 inch wide strip for a bow to embellish with when you are done.

Fold one end of the burlap strip over a section of wire in your wreath and glue it so that the end is securely attached to the wreath.  Do the same with the 2 inch wide fabric strip.

Now begin pulling the burlap through the spaces between the wires of the wreath.  Don’t pull it all the way through but just a few inches to make a “loop” on the front side.  Then pull it again through another segment of wire.  Alternate back and forth randomly between the three open sections formed by the wires.  Pull the burlap up close on the back side but loop it generously on the front side.  Be careful not to pull hard or you will pull out the previous loop.  If this is causing a problem for you, use the glue gun to secure those loops occasionally.  Twisting the burlap once on the back side helps keep the loops fluffy and full.

Mingle in some fabric “loops” in the same way.  You can actually use as much or as little fabric as you want here depending on your taste.  In our sample shown here, I actually just used about 1 loop of fabric for every 3-4 burlap loops.

Keep pushing your loops towards each other as you work your way around the wreath.  Because this burlap ribbon will fluff out nicely, it’s not necessary to fill it in real tight.

When you are happy with the amount of burlap and homespun that you have on the wreath, just trim the ends of the burlap and homespun strips and secure in place on the back side with the glue gun.  Shown below is what the wreath looks like from the back side when you are finished.

If you like simple and basic, you may want to just use this wreath as it is now.  Or if you prefer, some embellishments can be added.  Of course, the natural looking burlap and warm fall colors are the perfect backdrop for just about any kind of fall or nature themed embellishments so you can really just use your own creative ideas at this point.

We chose to add a wide bow made from the same homespun fabric with a large wood button in the center.  We also used a left over piece of our 2″ frayed burlap ribbon to create a bow.  We glued the fabric bow over the top of the burlap bow and glued them both to the wreath.

We also tucked in a wired, beaded garland element that adds a nice accent.  Because this garland was wired, we just secured it in a couple of places and then tucked it into the wreath.  The wire keeps it in place very nicely and if we ever want to change up the wreath, the garland will be easy to remove.

And there you have it!  A quick, easy fall wreath featuring burlap and homespun fabric.

 

#2 Wrapped Burlap & Homespun Wreath

Materials:
1/2 yard Nantucket 4 homespun fabric for the base
1/4 yard Nantucket 3 homespun fabric for the ruffled wrap
2 rolls of 2 inch Frayed Edge Burlap Ribbon
Assorted coordinating homespun scraps for flowers and bows
1 styrofoam floral wreath, approximately 16 inches wide
(you can get these with squared edges or rounded; we used the squared edge)
Glue gun and 1 stick glue
Straight sewing pins

Tear the base fabric (Nantucket 4) into strips that are approximately 2 inches wide.  Tear selvage to selvage.   Wrap the fabric around the styrofoam wreath and glue it to it’s self to secure in place.

Now continue wrapping the fabric strips around the wreath until it’s completely covered.  When you reach the end of one strip, trim it off on the back side and glue the beginning of the next strip to it.

When the wreath is fully covered, trim the remaining excess fabric from the back side and use the glue gun to glue the end to the fabric on the back of the wreath.

Tear the ruffle fabric (Nantucket 3) fabric into four strips 1.5 inches wide.  Tear selvage to selvage.  Trim off the selvage edges and stitch them together end to end to form one long strip.

Now stitch lengthwise down the center of this strip with a long running stitch.  Pull the stitching thread from the back side to make this strip “ruffle”.  Spread out the ruffle evenly.

Lightly press the two burlap strips with an iron to make them lie flat.  Stitch them together, end to end.  Pin the ruffled fabric onto the center of the burlap strip and stitch the full length down the center.  Tighten or loosen the fabric gathering as needed to make it fit onto the burlap.

Now using a straight pin, pin one end of the burlap/ruffle onto the back of the wreath.  (In the pic below, my pin is sticking up half way but push the pin fully down onto the wreath)  Wrap the burlap/ruffle around the wreath until you are satisfied with the look.  Trim the excess and pin again to secure in place.  You can either wrap this in the same direction as your base cover or in the opposite.  Either way will look nice.

The reason for using straight pins at this point instead of the glue gun is that you can easily disassemble this wreath later on if you wish and use the embellishments on a different project.  :-)

 

This is how the wrapped burlap/ruffle looks from the front when it’s finished.  Don’t worry about strings from the torn edges.  They just add to the primitive style but if strings are excessive, you can certainly trim them if you wish.

As with the Puffy Burlap Wreath, this wreath also looks great just as is for a simple fall decor element.  However, it’s also a perfect canvas for all your creativity if you wish!  We made some fabric/burlap flowers and tied a simple bow of assorted homespun fabric strips to finish this wreath off.

We are crazy about hand made wreaths and we are working on two or three more in the studio right now.  Look for a blog about those to be coming soon.  The word in the studio is that we will be giving away several of our homespun and burlap wreaths to a few lucky winners so please keep a close eye on our Facebook page for giveaway announcements!

If anyone is inspired to try one of these wreath ideas, please send us a picture of your finished project.  We love seeing what our customers are making and everyone who makes one of these will end up with their own unique creation.  What will you create?  Be inspired!

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Sep 23

Homespun and Burlap Woven Chair Seat

 

Saturday was a beautiful, glorious autumn day in the Ozarks!  The sky was blue and the temperature was in the 70′s.   Our little town has a great farmer’s market located in the downtown park so after shopping for veggies we went browsing through our local downtown area which has several antique store and flea markets.  I found a primitive style woven cane bottom chair for $20.  The great price tempted me to try something that I’d seen once with woven fabric.  I was SO pleased with the results that the chair is now featured on my front entry with a few seasonal decorations.  The fabric woven seat is very sturdy and I believe this would hold up to regular use.  The fabrics used are actually the same fabrics that I have on a quilt in our guest bedroom so I may be moving it in there eventually.

Materials needed for one average size chair are 3 yds homespun fabric, 4-6 yds 1″ burlap ribbon and a glue gun.  This total project took me less than two hours and it really satisfied my “creative urge” on a beautiful Saturday!

I’ve included some basic instructions and pics below.  I really encourage anyone to try this and be creative with your colors and fabrics.

 

  • This is how the chair looked when I brought it home.  The woven cane bottom was cracked and breaking.  It was very easy to take a razor knife and remove it entirely.  Then just a quick wipe down and the chair was ready for crafting.
  • You’ll need approximately 3 yards of homespun fabric.  It’s important to use homespun because homespun is the same on both sides.  That way if your fabric gets turned while weaving, it doesn’t look bad.If you purchase burlap ribbon, make sure it is not wired ribbon and make sure the edges are stitched so it won’t fray while you work with it.
  • For this project I used three different homespun fabrics and 2 rolls of 1″ burlap frayed edge ribbon.  These particular homespun fabrics are called Ginger Blue and are in the Route 66 Collection at JubileeFabric.com.
  • Tear or cut your fabric into 2.5″ x 44″ strips.If you tear it, pull out all the long loose strings that tend to cling to the torn edges.  If you cut it, be sure to cut as close to the grain of the fabric as possible to reduce possible “shedding” of little threads.  In this chair demonstrated here, I tore the strips.   The actual number of strips you will use will vary according to the size of your chair and how tightly you weave.  For this average size chair, I used 10 strips of each color fabric.
  • Begin tying your fabric and burlap (if you choose to use burlap) onto the chair from side to side in whatever color sequence you wish to use.  Start at the back which is usually a bit more narrow.  After tying, roll the knot to the under side and pull the strips forward to the front of the chair
  • Fill the seat with fabric strips going side to side.
  • This is what the bottom of the chair looks like with all the crosswise strips in place and the knots rolled to the bottom.  Trim off any long fabric tails to about 1-2 inches.
  • Tip:  If you have a burlap strip that is just a little bit too short, you can stitch some homespun fabric onto the ends of it to lengthen it.  The knots will all be on the back side so this will never be visible and it will help you use all your burlap efficiently.  You may not need to do this, it would just depend on the size of your chair.
  • This is a great little sewing notion called a “bodkin”.  It will clamp onto the end of fabric or elastic or whatever and give you something to grasp when pulling through.  We bought this bodkin at our local craft store but if you don’t have a bodkin, you can use a really large safety pin instead.
  • The bodkin will clamp onto the end of the fabric strip to help weave it through the crosswise strips.

  • Now using the bodkin to pull with, weave the remaining strips of fabric from back to front and then to the back again using basic weaving (over/under) techniques.  Leave about 5-6 inches loose at the back so that you can tie a knot when you weave back to the beginning again.  Tie those knots as much to the under side as you can so that the knot and the tail will not be visible.
  • Weave in as many strips as you wish but try to make it fairly dense so it will be a sturdy seat.
  • Now flip the chair over and trim off the tails of the knots at the back to about 2″.  Use a hot glue gun to glue those tails down flat where they are not visible from the top.  Also glue flat any tails that are remaining on the under side of the seat.  Many of those will have been pulled into the weaving and may not be visible anymore.
  • Isn’t this just a sweet, cottage style accent for my front entry?  I love the Ginger Blue mixed with the autumn color mums.

Does this inspire you to try a little fabric weaving? I have to say that I have never, ever done ANY weaving at all so please don’t analyze my technique.  I am definitely amateur but the results were good and the fun factor was over the top!  I would love to hear about and see pictures of your fabric weaving projects.

 

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Sep 13

Candy Corn Fall Craft Project with Burlap

September is here and it’s beautiful as always!  This is probably the very best time of year here in the South with warm days and cool evenings.  We’ve had some fun here in the studio with our burlap products and I’m going to share a great fun and easy fall craft project using our mini triangle burlap shapes.  These little burlap triangles come three in a pack for $2.50.  For the busy crafter, we also offer a burlap banner with the triangles already stitched onto a chunky jute rope. These burlap flags are great for stenciling letters to form words or adding cutout fabric or paper shapes.  But in this case, their adorable little triangle shape was just begging for some yellow, orange and white paint.  What could say “Fall fun” more than candy corn?

So… we stitched nine of the little triangles onto a stretch of our jute rope spacing them about 1 inch apart.  We tied a couple of loop knots on the ends to hang it with.  Anna, one of our studio assistants, used a soft stencil brush to add craft paint to the burlap.  She used painters tape to mark off the lines where the color would change.

When stenciling with craft paint like this, you always want to make sure that you dab the brush enough to removed excess paint before applying it to the burlap.  Remember that you can always add more paint if needed but it’s really hard to remove once it’s on there.

 

We were VERY pleased with the candy corn burlap banner when it was finished.

An unexpected benefit of this little project was that the banner made such a nice prop for photographing our favorite little Tiger.  All dressed up and ready for fall festivities in his 5 month picture!

Now that the photo shoot is over, I’m tempted to hang this adorable painted burlap banner on my fireplace but we’ve decided that it will be our next “giveaway”.  Where would you use this banner in your house?  Watch our Facebook business page for a chance to enter a contest to win this candy corn burlap banner!  The giveaway announcement will be soon.

 

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Jul 22

Easy Burlap ‘n Homespun Napkin Rings & Napkins

We are SO excited to have burlap products in the studio now!  Burlap has such amazing texture and it compliments so many other craft materials. It’s stiff enough to hold it’s shape well, yet cooperative enough to be coaxed into just about any craft.  Whether your passion is scrapbooking, home decor crafts, or wedding accessories, burlap just may be your new favorite element.  Visit our Pinterest board, Burlap Inspiration, to see some fun and crafty things other people are doing with burlap.

The girls in the studio have been dreaming up fun projects of our own for the burlap so I’m sure this will be our first of many blogs about burlap.  You will be amazed at how easy this Burlap ‘n Homespun Napkin Ring is to stitch up.  All the materials are available from www.JubileeFabric.com.  Happy Crafting!

 

Burlap ‘n Homespun Napkin Rings & Napkins, Set of 4

Material List:

* These simple napkins are not lined so it’s important to use “homespun” fabric so that they look great on both sides.    Homespun has no right or wrong side since the pattern is woven into the fabric rather than printed on the fabric.

Assembly Instruction:

  1. Cut 4 strips of the 2″ wide blank burlap ribbon approximately 6.5″ long.
  2. Cut 4 strips of the homespun remnant approximately 2″ wide and 7″ long.
  3. Fold in about 1/2″ on each long side of the homespun strips and press.  Place one fabric strip and one burlap strip end to end folded sides of the fabric strip facing up and the edges overlapped by about 1/2″.  This is hard to describe but take a look at the pic.  It’s easy to see.  Now just stitch these two pieces together about 1/4″ from the raw edge of the burlap.

  4. Lay the fabric strip back over the top of the burlap, press the stitched edge and pin in place.  Be sure to center the fabric strip all the way.
  5. Now stitch along the long edge of both sides of the fabric beginning at the folded end and ending at the raw edge end.
  6. Put a thin line of hot glue on the BOTTOM side of the folded edge end.
  7. Loop up the raw edge end and place it under the finished edge to form a circle and hold in place until the glue sets.
  8. Your first napkin ring is finished!  Repeat with the remaining pieces to make a total of 4 napkin rings.  Embellishments such as a cute wooden button may be stitched on if you wish but these are also very cute just simple as they are.
  9. To make the coordinating napkins, just TEAR one yard of homespun fabric (44″ wide) into four equal parts.  Don’t cut with your scissors, tear them and gently pull loose any strings that are falling out.  Press the edges flat because the tearing will cause them to curl slightly.  Stitch 1/4″ from the edge around the perimeter of each napkin to secure the edges and prevent unwanted fraying.  Each time you wash these, you may have a few more string to pull loose but that will stabilize eventually and the shabby edges look great with the burlap.

Do you think you’ll give this little burlap/homespun project a try?  If you do, send us a picture!  We’d love to share it on our Jubilee Fabric Facebook page.  Sometime in the next month we will be giving away this same Garden Green set of 4 napkin rings and napkins.  The giveaway details will be published on the Facebook page so be sure to “like” our page and visit it often.

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