Category: Homespun Fabric Crafts

Jul 22

Easy Burlap ‘n Homespun Napkin Rings & Napkins

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

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


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

Material List:

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

Assembly Instruction:

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

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

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

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Jul 08

Addison Shabby Ragged Style Pillow

Shabby Ragged Style Pillow made with Cotton Canvas

We’ve had fun in the Studio the past few months dreaming up some projects to make with our new Home Decor cotton canvas fabric.  This pillow design, called the Addison pillow, is a great beginner project for someone who is new to rag style stitching or for someone who is just new to sewing in general.   Start to finish this project should take about 2-3 hours.  So if you like the looks of this Addison Shabby Canvas Pillow, read on and I’ll walk you through the creation steps.  If you are a newcomer to rag style stitching, take a minute and read this quick overview of rag style:  About Rag Style Stitching


Materials List for 2 Addison Shabby Canvas Pillows:
(A fabric kit for this pattern is available at

*I’ve also included some instructions for adapting this pillow design to homespun fabric instead of the cotton canvas fabric.  It makes a great looking pillow in homespun also!  See adaptation instructions.

Basic Assembly Instructions:

*Unless otherwise specified, all seams will be 5/8″ width and all pieces will be stitched with the WRONG sides together.

  1. Prewash fabrics and press flat until they are smooth and wrinkle free.
  2. From Fabric 1 cut two  panels measuring approx 17″ x 17″.  Clip the raw edges on all side with clips that are 1/2″ deep and 1/4″ apart.
  3. From Fabric 1 and Fabric 2 cut one panel of each measuring approximately 9″ x 9″.  Clip the raw edges on all side with clips that are 1/2″ deep and 1/4″ apart.
  4. From Fabric 2 cut two  panels measuring approx 17″ x 17″.  Clip the raw edges on all side with clips that are 1/2″ deep and 1/4″ apart.
  5. If you choose to use Fabric 3, cut two panels 9″ x 9″ from Fabric 3.                                                                                                                             Chevron & Tribal design blue cotton canvas
  6. Tear remnants into 1″ strips and then cut the strips into lengths of 6″.  You will need twelve of these from Fabric 1 and twelve from Fabric 2.
  7. Tie a knot into the end of each of the 6″ strips.  Slip a wooden bead onto the strip by folding the end of the strip several times.  Push the bead all the way down to the knot.
  8. Place one 9″ square of Fabric 2 on top of a 9″ square of Fabric 3 if you have chosen to use Fabric 3.  Then place the two layers onto the center of one 17″ square of Fabric 1.  Pin through all three layers and stitch around the perimeter of the 9″ square about 5/8″ from the raw edge.  This is the front panel of the pillow.
  9. You may do some “detail” stitching inside the inner square at this point if you wish.  We often like to stitch along some of the natural fabric design lines for a “quilted” type look.
  10. Now place this front panel on top of the remaining 17″ square of Fabric 1 with the WRONG sides together.  Pin in place and stitch around the perimeter about 5/8″ from the raw edge.    Leave about an 8″ gap unstitched so that you can stuff the pillow from there.
  11. Stitch around the perimeter again about 1/4″ inside the first stitch line.  This will give your pillows a nice double stitching on the outer edge to keep that seam secured.
  12. Now repeat steps 7 & 8 using the 17″ squares of Fabric 2 and the 9″ squares of Fabric 1.
  13. Wash both pillow covers in a washing machine using a liquid fabric softener to loosen the strings and create the “fray” on the shabby edges.  Machine Dry.  Use a lint brush to remove excess strings and press from the back side if needed.
  14. Using a seam ripper, open each corner about 1″ in each direction.  Insert the untied end of three of the beaded strips into the corner.  Pin in place.  Restitch the corner now and be sure to stitch both seam lines.  Take extra care to catch all the raw edges of the end of each strip into the stitching of the pillow.


  15. Stuff the pillow with polyfill.  Using smaller handfuls of polyfill will result in a smoother pillow.
  16. Close the opening and pin in place.  Stitch 5/8″ from the raw edges beginning and ending at the point of the existing stitching.
  17. Ta Daa!!!  Your beautiful set of Addison Shabby Pillows are finished!  Enjoy!

The girls in the studio have put together some kits to make this Addison pillow which includes all the fabric you need and the beads.  The polyfil and thread is not included but you can usually pick that up at any department store or craft store if you don’t have any on hand already.  Pictured below are the fabric/color combinations available in the kits.

Do you have any great suggestions for projects with our Home Decor canvas fabrics?  We’d love to hear about them!

blue chevron and tribal block fabricred chevron and tribal block fabricyellow chevron and damask fabric





green chevron and tribal block fabricbrown chevron and damask fabric








Homespun Fabric Adaptation for Addison Shabby Pilllow:

This Addison Shabby Pillow pattern can be easily adapted to use the primitive homespun fabrics sold at  Because the homespun is lighter weight, you will need to double all your cut pieces so that each piece will be two layers thick.  So when the pattern says to cut two pieces, with homespun adaptation you’ll actually cut four pieces since your pieces will each be two layers.  This means you will need more than twice as much material since the homespun is not as wide as the Home Decor canvas.  We’ve added a revised Materials List below for the homespun adaptation.

Because the homespun fabric will fray better, you’ll only need to make your clips about 1/2 inch apart instead of 1/4 inch that the pattern calls for.  Please remember that regular printed cotton fabric will not fray well like you see in these pictures.  Homespun fabric is recommended.

That is all you need to know to make this project with homespun fabric.

Materials List for 2 Addison Shabby Pillows created with HOMESPUN FABRIC:

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Feb 16

New Shabby Chic Wall Art

Looking for a fun, easy project?  Our newest Fabric Kits are the perfect quick project to satisfy your sewing urge.  Our Shabby Heart and Shabby Star Wall Art Fabric Kits come in the preset colors you see here but you can easily order your own fabric in whichever colors you like.  The Shabby Heart Wall Art instructions and the Shabby Star Wall Art instructions are available to view online.

Each kit includes two fat quarters and two of our new precut fabric hearts or stars so if you’d like to make a Shabby Heart or Shabby Star Wall Art in different colors, simply order the fat quarters and precut shapes in the colors of your choice.

Order red and blue fabrics to make Shabby Star Wall Art for Independence Day!  Or green and red fabrics to decorate your walls for Christmas!  Pink hearts would look adorable in a little girl’s room — or star wall art to match a little boy’s bedroom decor.  So many possibilities!

Hang one Shabby Heart or Shabby Star Wall Art or make several to hang together for a dramatic statement.  Use them on walls, mantles, bookcases — anywhere that needs a primitive touch!

Whatever you decide to do with your Shabby Wall Art, send us pictures!  We’d love to share your creative ideas with other homespun fanatics!

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Nov 20

Rag Wreath Giveaway

A cozy Rag Wreath adorned with wooden buttons and handmade ornaments –  what a perfect way to kick off the Christmas season!  Hang it on a door, place it on your mantle, or tie it to a banister to add a homespun touch to your home this winter.  It’s fairly easy to make a wreath like this one (and even easier to buy one on sites like, but one lucky blog reader will win this handmade Homespun Rag Wreath from Jubilee Fabrics.

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment on this post by Tuesday, November 27th.  One winner will be randomly selected and notified via email the following day.

This Rag Wreath would make a great Christmas gift or hostess gift!  Or keep it for yourself and pass it down to your children or grandchildren as a unique heirloom piece.


Nov 07

Handmade Quilted Ornaments

Want to add a little charm to your Christmas this year?  Our handmade denim quilted Christmas ornaments might be just the special touch your tree needs.  Coordinate your decorations by adding a few denim ornaments to wreaths and garlands too.  With eight unique designs available you can mix and match to get the perfect look.

Made with love by Dot, our ornament-maker and organizer extraordinaire!  If you missed it in August, you can learn more about Dot and the rest of the Jubilee staff on our Staff Favorites blog post.

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