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Mar 06

St. Patrick’s Day Burlap & Homespun Craft Projects

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


 

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

 


 

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

 

 


 

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


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

Blessings Wall Hanging

You will need:

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

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

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

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

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

lucky

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Feb 17

Upcycled Outfits Featuring Burlap & Homespun

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

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

Upcycled Outfit #1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Upcycled Project #2

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

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

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

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

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