Category: Holiday 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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Jul 10

Love Those Homespun Kitchen Towels!

246-001-1I was so excited to see our new Homespun Kitchen Towels in the studio this week! I just love these soft, classic woven towels. Not only do they look great in your kitchen but they can be the basis for some fun and easy handmade craft ideas as well.

So as we are celebrating “Christmas in July” this month, I thought I’d pull out some of my favorite holiday towel craft project pics and share them with you.

One super quick and easy holiday craft is to applique some Christmas shapes onto the towels using the frayed edge technique. Just leave the raw edges of the appliques exposed and make a few little clips into the loose seam allowance.  Add buttons, bows or fabric patches to embellish.  Then machine wash/dry your appliqued towel and the holiday design will come out all frayed and shabby style.

I’ve made these in the past to give as teacher gifts, hostess gifts and I’ve also sold many of them at craft shows. Do these towel projects inspire any good ideas for you? What craft would you do with a homespun kitchen towel?  I’m sure I’ll be doing up some new ones too now that we have a fresh stash of homespun towels on hand.

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May 08

Americana Ragged Style Wall Hanging

FlagHangingOne of our customers, Michael E., recently sent us some pics of his rag style quilting projects.  We featured a couple of those in our last post and I was so inspired by his creativity that I decided to do a similar wall hanging design with a simple tutorial.  A big shout out to Michael for letting me be a “copy cat” and do something similar!

So here’s my version of the Americana Ragged Style Wall Hanging.  This project is easily adapted to any size that you want.  Mine ended up being about 30″ x 24″.  The fabric yardages listed are estimates but if you have left over fabric, you can always create some coordinating “accessories” like I’ll show you at the end of the tutorial.

Materials list:

*Homespun fabric is highly recommended.  It is the only fabric that will fray as shown in the pictures.

  • Cut 6 strips of red fabric:  3″ x 32″
  • Cut 6 strips of ecru (or white) fabric: 3″ x 32″
  • Cut 6 strips of ecru (or white) fabric: 3″ x 17.5″
  • Cut 8 strips of red fabric: 3″ x 17.5″
  • Cut 14 strips of blue fabric: 3″ x 15.5″
  • Cut 1 piece of red fabric approx 33″ x 26″ (backing)
  • Cut 1 piece of batting approx 30″ x 24″
  • Print your star pattern pieces from this PDF file
  • Cut 4 of the star side pieces from the ecru fabric
  • Cut 4 of the star bottom pieces from the ecru fabric
  • Cut 2 of the star top pieces from the ecru fabric

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  1. For this project, all your fabric stripes on the front of the flag will be two layers thick.  This will help make your frayed seams fluffier.  So when the directions say to stitch a white strip to a red strip, keep in mind that each strip needs to be two layers thick.  All seams will be 5/8″ unless otherwise noted.
  2. Do all your “tie down” stitching at the beginning and ending of each seam about 5/8″ away from the edge.  This is because the last 5/8″ of all seams will become fray when it is washed.  As with all rag stitching, lighten the pressure of the presser foot if your machine allows that or stitch with a walking foot.  If you don’t have either of these options, just pin very closely so that the fabric won’t slide while stitching.
  3. All your raw seam allowances are going to have to be clipped at some point.  Most of the time, I prefer to clip at the end but in this case, I found it very easy to clip the long strips before I started sewing.  You may either do as I did in these pics and clip now or you can clip at the end if you’re more comfortable with that.  I found that I could clips several layers at once this by clipping now.  To “clip” the seam allowances, you’ll want to make small clips in the raw edges about 1/2″ deep and about 1/2″ apart.  Don’t clip the short ends yet.  You may be trimming those.IMG_8140
  4. Stitch the 6 long strips of red and 6 long strips of ecru together lengthwise, alternating colors.  Each strip will be doubled so you’ll have three red and three ecru stripes when finished as shown in the image.IMG_8145
  5. Stitch the 8 remaining red strips and the 6 remaining ecru strips together in the same way.
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  6. Stitch the 14 blue strips together just like the other sets.
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  7. Now stitch the blue strips to the shorter red strips matching up the seams.  Lay the seam allowances all in one direction.
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  8. Clip the seam allowance loose after stitching so that the seam allowances are free and not stitched down.
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  9. The upper part of the flag base is complete.  Now stitch this to the long red strips keeping the blue portion on the upper left.  Press the flag out flat and preferable keep all seams folding in one direction.
  10. At this time, you may realize that some of the strips have ended up being a bit longer than the others.  That’s fine… “close enough is good enough” in rag stitching.  To remedy this, just trim your flag base slightly on both right and left sides so that all the strips line up nicely.  Use a yard stick to draw a line if needed and make sure that the length of the top edge is still the same as the length of the bottom edge after trimming.IMG_8157
  11. Place the batting material on the pressed flag on the side WITHOUT the seam allowances.  The seam allowances of the flag should be facing your table, away from the batting.  Trim the batting so that it is at least 1.5 inches smaller than the flag on all sides.
  12. Place the red backing material on top of the batting to form a “sandwich” with the batting in the middle.  Pin the edges to hold it all in place and flip it over so that the flag is on top with the seam allowances up.IMG_8152
  13. Now trim the backing to fit the size of the flag if needed.IMG_8156
  14. Pin frequently along all the outer edges and the seams.  Stitch on top of the long stripe seams through all the thicknesses.  This will “quilt” the wall hanging.  A walking foot on your machine can be helpful here.  If you don’t have one, just life the presser foot occasionally to ease the top layer of fabric in.  If you have occasional tucks and puckers, don’t worry over it.  The fray will fluff out over those seams and hide many flaws!  “Close enough is good enough” in rag stitching!  :-) IMG_8164
  15. Now stitch your star together.  The star has one point at the top, two points on the sides and two points on the bottom.  The pattern pieces are marked accordingly but they are very similar in size so if you get them mixed up, it really won’t be very noticeable.  The pic below shows how the star pieces lay out.  The short sides are the ones that stitch together, the long sides are the points that extend and the arrows show you which end goes to the center of the star.IMG_3355Just like the stripes, the star pieces will also be two layers thick.  Your seam allowances on the star will be 1/2″.  The small star on the pattern pieces shows you which end goes to the center of the stars.  The other end of the point is on the outer part.  Press the star flat after stitching.  The “front side” of the star is the side with the seam allowances.IMG_8151
  16. Pin the star onto the center of the blue stripe portion of your flag.  Stitch about 1/2″ from the outer edges.IMG_8175
  17. Stitch around the entire perimeter of the entire flag about 5/8″ from the raw edge.  I call this a victory lap because it always seems to be the last sewing step!
  18. Clip any raw edges that you haven’t clipped already.  If you didn’t clip in the first step, you’ll have a lot to clip now.  If you did clip in the first step, you’ll need to clip the right and left sides, the backing, the star and the seam between the blue and the red/white stripes.  Be very careful that you don’t clip through any stitching when making your clips.
  19. Wash your flag hanging in a washing machine.  I recommend using a high water level even for this one item so that you’ll have minimal color bleed from the red fabric.  I also recommend using about 1/4-1/2 cup of table salt in the wash water to help set the fabric dye.  Liquid fabric softener will help loosen the strings but it’s not required.  After washing, take the flag outside and shake loose the remaining strings before you put it in the dryer.  Tumble dry and then shake loose even more strings!  You’ll also want to stop the dryer at least once or twice and clean the lint screen.
  20. After washing and drying, check to make sure your flag is hanging fairly straight.  You can gently stretch any short sides if necessary.  You can also wet it again and lay it out flat and square to dry.  Press from the back side if any ironing is needed.
  21. Cut seven pieces of the burlap ribbon (6.5″ – 7″ long) and stitch them onto the back side of the flag to make some loops for hanging.  These I applied after the washing and drying was done.  I just stitched through all thicknesses (flag and burlap).  I made the loops long enough that I could stitch them twice, once following the the first seam of the flag and then again following the second seam.  I think there are many ways you could find to hang this wall hanging or you could display it on a table or coffee table as is without any loops.

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When you are rag stitching, scraps are never just scraps… they are pieces of fabric begging to become a coordinating accessory!  These are a couple of goodies, a cute Americana heart pillow and some Americana star quilted coasters, that I made with my left over fabric from this project.  They will look great with my wall hanging and decorate my house so nicely for Memorial Day and then again on Independence Day.  The star coasters can even embellish a decorative banner for the wall.  Oh, the things you can do with scraps and rags!

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Apr 25

Sew Manly!

While the vast majority of our fabric customers are female, we do have a few occasional guy customers.  One of these guys recently surprised us with some pics of his recent projects.  All I can say is… wow!  Michael E.’s quilts were beautiful and creative!  Michael tells us he is a beginner and is just learning to use the sewing machine that he’s had for over a year.  His first rag style quilt project was for his daughter and he did the quilt in our bright homespun fabrics.   Now that Michael has demonstrated his sewing skills, he says his wife is thrilled to be lining up some “projects” for him!
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Here’s what Michael said about his first project:

“I’m a 40 year old man who just learned to load a bobbin last month. I think I sewed my very first stich a little over 30 days ago…. if I can do it,  pretty much anyone can.  The quilt is roughly 60″ x 60″ (my daughter wanted it larger than a throw) and the seems are 5/8″.  It was a great opportunity to learn a new skill while having a project I could work on with my daughter.”

Michael recently sent us a pic of his most recent project, an American flag design!  This quilt is absolutely beautiful and he used several of our red, white and blue homespun fabrics to create it with.  This was his own design concept and he worked out the dimensions and pattern pieces using this link to the specifications of the American flag.

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I’m thinking that Michael shows a lot of promise as a quilt designer! Too bad it’s only his hobby and not a career but I’m sure he will enjoy designing quilts for years to come.  Rag quilting can be quite addictive!

This American Flag quilt has inspired me to create a similar wall hanging.  I’ll be posting a basic tutorial for that soon along with a few other “stars ‘n’ stripes” inspired accessories.

Although it’s not quite as ambitious as designing and creating your own quilt, my nephew-in-law, Bryan, did a bit of sewing not too long ago.  He and my niece, Amanda, were celebrating their first Christmas together and they wanted to create their own Christmas stocking using our ragged style stocking pattern and homespun fabrics.

Bryan and Amanda each picked out their own stocking style and the fabrics they wanted to use.  They were both beginners on the sewing machine but they both managed to stitch up their own stocking very nicely.  The results were great and Bryan and Amanda will have these handmade stocking heirlooms for years to come.

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15So I’m inclined to think that many of our guys are more creative than they are letting on!  Do you know a guy who sews?  I’d love to teach a “for guys only” sewing session some day.  I bet that would result in some really creative projects!

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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.

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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 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.

 


heart

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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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 15

Homespun Rag Wreath

Are you wanting to make an amazing new wreath for your home but don’t have much time for a big crafting project?  Then you will love this simple rag style wreath.  We love the rag wreaths so much that we’re going crazy making different colors and styles!  I’ve outline the basic steps below but before I get to that I want to show you some pictures of the wreaths that we’ve made this month.  These wreaths were made using strips of homespun fabric.  You can buy packs of strips or cut/tear them yourself.  I’m hoping you will find something that will inspire you to create your own unique rag style wreath!

Rag Wreaths by Jubilee Creative Studio:

This wreath below was made using 6 packages of our 1.5″ precut Dark Tea Dye fabric strips cut into 6 inch strips.  The bow was made with the 2.5″ Black fabric strips. We used colorful homespun fabric yoyos to decorate as well as wooden buttons and fabric scraps for bows.  The wire frame form was the larger 18″ size and it required 5 packages of the Dark Tea Dye fabric strips to fill it out.  This wreath was the favorite of our studio assistant Anna and it will be adorning her home this fall!

This warm and simple wreath was made with a smaller 12″ wire frame.  We used 3 packs of the 1.5″ homespun fabric strips in the Gold 5 color, cut into 6″ strips.  The bow was made with some scrap homespun fabric, a stray fabric yoyo and a wooden button.  I love the simple, homestyle look of this rag wreath!  This wreath will be finding its way into someone’s home in the next few weeks through our exciting giveaways!  Check our Facebook business page often for giveaway announcements!

This beautiful wreath is made from about three yards of our Ginger Blue homespun fabric collection with about eight of our 1″ Frayed Edge Burlap Ribbon mixed in.  These fabric strips were torn about 1.25″ wide and then cut 7 inches long.  The fabrics and the burlap make such a lovely, seaside-like combination that we didn’t add any embellishments to this design.  I plan to enjoy this wreath year ’round in my guest room which has a matching quilt cover!

Are you hooked yet?  This last wreath is made with three different colors of our 1.5″ Homespun Fabric Strips and 3 rolls of the 1″ Frayed Edge Burlap Ribbon.  The mix of these warm colors give this wreath a soft homey appearance.  It works perfectly with many holiday decor themes or could easily be used all year long with similar decor colors.   This is the wreath that I photographed my steps with so follow along below as I show you how simple a Rag Wreath project can be!

  1. You’ll need to decide what color and size you want your wreath to be and assemble your materials.  For a large 18″ wire frame, you’ll need about 2-3 yards of fabric or 5 packs of our 1.5″ fabric strips.  This wreath shown here is a 12″ wreath and here are the materials we used:
  2. Cut your fabric strips and burlap ribbon into 6″ strips.
  3. Begin tying the strips onto the wire frame.  Fill up one “section” at a time and mingle the burlap in just occasionally.


  4. When adding the burlap ribbon, pinch the ribbon in half at the point that it wraps the wire.   This will help you get a tighter knot with the stiff burlap.
      


  5. The wire frame is usually separated into six “sections”.  Fill each section loosely.  Once you have all the sections loosely filled, then go back and add the remaining strips.  This will help you evenly distribute the fabric.
  6. When finished, the back of your wreath should show the knots, like the picture below, and the front should be full and fluffy.
  7. Now for the fun part!  Embellish and decorate your wreath as you so desire.  … or just use it as it is!  Either way can be beautiful.  We used our 2″ Wired Edge Burlap Ribbon to shape a nice full bow on this wreath but you should definitely put your own personal spin on the embellishments.  Now go hang it on your door and let your neighbors and friends be amazed at your own unique handmade creation!  :-)

Don’t forget to watch our Facebook page for giveaway announcements.  We’ll be giving away this multi-color wreath and the gold wreath sometime in the next few weeks.  Be inspired!

For the mountains may be removed and the hills may shake,
But my loving kindness will not be removed from you
… says the Lord who has compassion on you.  Isaiah 54:10

 

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