Category: Homespun Fabric Crafts

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.












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


  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.
  6. Stitch the 14 blue strips together just like the other sets.
  7. Now stitch the blue strips to the shorter red strips matching up the seams.  Lay the seam allowances all in one direction.
  8. Clip the seam allowance loose after stitching so that the seam allowances are free and not stitched down.
  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.


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!



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!
Michael E

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.



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.






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!


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.
  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
  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
  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

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.
  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.
  4. Place this heart over the top of the background heart and match up all the edges.  Pin in place.
  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.
  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.
  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.
  8. Place the heart onto your heavy cotton canvas on denim piece and pin in place.
  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.
  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.
  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!
  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.
  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.

    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



Jan 21

Super Easy Shabby Chevron Pillow

IMG_7362If you love chevron design and you love the shabby rag style, you will definitely want to check out this Super Easy Shabby Chevron Pillow pattern!  Featured below are all the instructions and tons of pictures to help you create this fun accent pillow.  Sewing skills required are minimal and it should only take you 2-3 hours to complete.  This is a perfect quick project for these long winter evenings.

I chose Warm Red 2 & Ecru homespun to do my chevron design but this design works well with any combination of homespun fabrics.  You may want to use contrasting fabrics like I did for a bold look or this would look really nice in complementary similar fabrics for a more subtle chevron look.  In either case, Jubilee Fabric has a great assortment of over 150 different primitive homespun fabrics for you to choose from for you own unique pillow design.IMG_7363

What makes this pattern “super easy” is that there are no small pieces to cut out and no small pieces to stitch together.  This chevron design is first stitched together in long strips and then cut on the diagonal to form the chevron.  That will greatly speed up the time that you invest to this project.  The finished size of this pillow is approximately 18″ x 21″.   It is important to use homespun fabric because regular cotton fabric will just not fray as well.

Happy stitching!   … and if you make one of these, send us a pic!  We love to see what our customers are making!

Super Easy Shabby Chevron Pillow


Materials you will need:

  • Fabric 1 – 1 yard homespun fabric
  • Fabric 2 -1 yard contrasting or complimenting homespun fabric
  • Fabric 3 – 3 fat quarters (or one yard) in yet another coordinating homespun fabric
  • 2 squares of low-loft or felt type batting size approximately 16 x 20
  • thread, 2 sheets of blank copy paper & a yard stick or ruler.
  • 1 large bag of pillow fiber-fill (available at department & craft stores)


    1. From Fabric 1 cut 6 strips of fabric from selvage to selvage.  Each strip should measure 4″ wide and approximately 43″-44″ long.
    2. From Fabric 2 cut 5 strips of fabric from selvage to selvage.  Each strip should measure 4″ wide and approximately 43″-44″ long.
    3. From the Fabric 3 fat quarters, cut three pieces 18″ x 22″.
    4. Always backstitch each seam to secure it but do the backstitch about 5/8″ from the beginning.  That first 5/8″ of most seams will become “fray” and will not hold the backstitch.
    5. Stitch the strips of fabric 1 and fabric 2 together with a 5/8″ seam, starting with fabric 1 and alternating with fabric 2.

    6. Clip all the raw edges of the seams (you don’t need to clip the outer perimeter edges) about 1/2 inch apart and about 1/2 inch deep.  It doesn’t matter at all if the ends come out even or not because they will be cut away eventually.  Make sure you don’t clip into the stitch line.  If you do, restitch it immediately and seal it with something to prevent fraying like No Fray liquid.
    7. When all the strips are stitched together and clipped, press the raw seams all toward the same direction.  Press from the other side also to make sure your seams are flattened.IMG_7304
    8. Carefully tape your two copy paper pieces together matching up the short sides.  Then along one side use your ruler or yard stick to trace off a segment measuring 4.5″ x 18″.  Cut this out.  It will be your pattern piece for the chevron design.
    9. Fold your striped block in half lengthwise with the clipped sides out.  Match up the seams on the unfolded edge so that the stripes are exactly identical on the front and the back.  Put some pins randomly throughout to hold it into place.IMG_7309
    10. Now this is the only tricky part.  If you get this right, the chevron design will turn out perfect.  But even if you don’t get this right, you’ll still have a super herringbone design!  So don’t stress but do try to get this lined up right.<br/ ><br/ >***
      Place the pattern piece on the striped block at a diagonal.  Put the lower left corner of the pattern piece exactly touching the stitched seam in the lower left corner of the striped block as shown in the pictures below.  Place the upper right corner exactly touching the stitched seam four rows across.  Study the pictures if this sounds confusing.IMG_7306IMG_7306-2
    11. Now trace this piece and repeat the process two more times, placing the pattern piece on your striped block so that each cut out has the same striping pattern.  Place some pins inside the traced cutouts so the upper or lower fabric won’t shift.  Then cut out all three pieces, cutting through both layers.  See images below of the finished cut outs.IMG_7317
    12. Unpin the first cutout and re-pin it just as it was but with the clipped edges on the inside this time.  Try to match up the seams carefully.  (These seams will be the v’s of your chevron design.)  Stitch along the right side with fabric 2 at the top and fabric 1 at the bottom.IMG_7318
    13. Do this with all three cutouts and open them as shown below.IMG_7321
    14. Line up the three rectangle pieces as shown in the picture below.  The pattern should be exactly the same in all of them.IMG_7323
    15. Stitch the three pieces together in the same pattern as they are shown above.  Stitch them together with the clipped edges on the inside.
    16. Press the long seams flat.  This side shown below is the BACK side of your pillow block.  The front side has the clipped edges.IMG_7326
    17. Place one of the batting/felt pieces into the center of one of the fabric 3 pieces.  Trim batting/felt if necessary to make it approximately 1″ from the edge on all sides.  If it’s more than 1″ in places, don’t worry about it.  If you have the quilt basting spray, spray both sides of the batting lightly to help hold it in place while stitching.IMG_7327
    18. Place the stitched chevron block on top to create a sort of “sandwich” with the batting/felt in the middle.  Make sure the clipped edges of the chevron piece are facing out.  Pin on all sides and randomly across all the stitch lines.IMG_7336
    19. Create a similar “sandwich” with the two remaining fabric 3 pieces and the one remaining batting/felt piece.  Use the quilt basting spray again on the batting (optional).  Trim the batting/felt as needed and pin all three layers together.IMG_7328
    20. From the front side of the chevron “sandwich”, stitch a quilting stitch through all three layers following the stitch line of the seams.  This will create a chevron quilt pattern on the back side.  Which unfortunately, will be hidden inside the pillow but because it’s pretty, I’m adding a pic of the backside also.  :-) IMG_7338IMG_7340
    21. Stitch a line across the center of the bottom edge about 6″ wide and 5/8″ from the edge.  This will secure the layers when you are stuffing the pillow later on.
    22. Stitch the other “sandwich” together by adding some quilting lines.  You can do this however you wish just as long as you stitch the three layers together.  You can follow the design of the fabric or draw some lines to stitch on with a pen that will wash out.  Be creative!  It doesn’t need a lot of stitching; just enough to hold the batting in place when it’s washed.  Stitch a 6″ span in the center of the bottom of the panel that matches up with the 6″ span at the bottom of the front panel.IMG_7341
    23. Place the second sandwich flat on the table and place the first one over it with the clipped edges facing out and matching up the 6″ spans as best you can.  They don’t need to match exactly.  Pin in place.  Stitch around the perimeter about 1″ from the edge beginning with one end of the 6″ span and ending with the other end.  This will leave a hole in the pillow where you can stuff it later on.
    24. Clip the outer raw edges of the pillow.  On the corners, make a diagonal clip as shown below.  Be very careful not to cut into the stitching line while making your clips.IMG_7349
    25. Wash your pillow before stuffing it.  Machine wash in cold and tumble dry.  Use a liquid fabric softener if possible to help loosen the threads for the “fray”.  Between washing and drying, take the pillow outside and shake it to remove a lot of the strings.  Also, you’ll probably want to stop the dryer at least once and clean the lint trap of strings.
    26. After it’s dry, stuff the pillow through the opening at the bottom with some fiber-fill of your choice.  Then machine stitch or hand stitch the opening closed and enjoy your Shabby Chevron Pillow!




 ”Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him.”
Psalm 37:7





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:

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


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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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


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

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
  • 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.