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Boundless Burlap

October 8, 2010

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This inspiration for this article came from a neighbor who asked me to repair a cushion made of chartreuse burlap. They were gorgeous and unexpected. It made me look at burlap in a different way. I sat down that night and googled some burlap projects, home dec and anything I could think of. The internet is full of unbelievable and awesome burlap projects and I could not wait to try my hand with it.

One of my favorite items I found out in the blog world were burlap pillows. You would think they would be scratchy but once washed burlap is comfortable and durable (really good for us moms). Many of the cutest pillows out there that I covet were made to resemble vintage posters or famous quotations and then printed on to t-shirt transfer and ironed on. I made mine from one of my favorite quotations by the famous Pompey Magnus who served with and fought against Julius Caesar. I worked it up with Photoshop in a deep purple, but you can use Window Word as well. It was a fast and immensely satisfying project. Even my husband likes the pillow.


My second project I wanted to be a little more original. I love burlap for Fall, Halloween or Thanksgiving decorating. The woven texture, frayed edges and natural colors are perfect for tablescapes, chairs, and wall décor. My banner is cut with pinking shears to prevent too much fraying but I didn't hem so that I could have some fraying, just enough. I used my Cricut to cut the letters, the crow and haunted branch from some quilting cotton. It is important when you use the Cricut to cut a piece of fabric to fit your mat and then apply Heat n Bond to the back of the fabric. Make sure you have applied it well to the whole of your fabric- especially the edges. Then peel off the paper backing and apply your fabric to the cutting mat. Press it evenly to make sure there is contact all over. Your cuts will be as smooth as paper. Then you can just peel and iron onto your banner. I free handed the bat, evil eyes and ghost. Next, sew some bands to the ends of the banner to hang around your house. I have another "Happy Halloween" planned to hang from the porch columns and a "Turn back NOW" for the other window. You can experiment with other Cricut cartridges, but I used the Plantin SchoolBook font cartridge and Serene graphic cartridge. If your banner will hang in bright sunlight I recommend using outdoor fabric instead of quilting cotton. You can also use your Cricut to decorate table runners, table cloths, pillows, placemats, curtains, lamp shades, wall decors, etc. Just check out this Google search for more ideas! I am so in love!



P.s. For even more burlap ideas check out Tatertots and Jello's blog

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Be careful when buying burlap, though -- the cheap utilitarian stuff sold at Hancock's and Joann Fabrics will fade and disintegrate into dust. You're looking for designer-quality burlap sold at home dec stores. (Ask me how I know...)

I love the look and the texture that burlap adds to a project. This year, I am making new Christmas stockings for my family with beautiful fabrics appliqued to the burlap background. They are gorgeous. Photos will be up on my blog midweek.

I used some photos of my son & DIL's wedding about two years ago via Photoshop that I printed onto fabric sheets. Next I sewed the printed fabric sheets onto larger 16 inch square solid white fabric for throw pillows of the same size. I converted the photos over to black and white via Photoshop before printing them out. I also made up a graphic design using Print Perfect Deluxe that I printed onto another fabric sheet for the back of the pillow. I also made one up the same way with photos of their White German Shepherd, too. I also scanned their wedding invitation and printed that onto a pillow via Photoshop, too. You can see them on my Oceanpeg Flickr Photostream.

They recently presented me with my first grandchild, a precious little girl who was just christened this past weekend. More photos and an invitation to the ceremony for making another photo pillow for them upcoming... Again, brought my camera to the ceremony and snapped of some photos of same. Will be using a fabric with a printed pink as a background for same for another 16 inch square pillow... When completed, will be putting a photo of that on my blogspot. Recently ordered some 1/2 yard strips of printed pink fabric from Fabric.com that I can use for the backgrounds on them.

I've been working with fabric sheets from The Electric Quilt Company on my Cannon Pixma MP450 bubble jet printer. Use a FujiFilm digital camera that operates like and about the same size as those 35mm SLR cameras. Been using one of those Brother SE350 sewing machines for my recent sewing projects.

I use burlap for wall coverings, in small amounts, but it's good to store this information. Wonder if my Basmati rice bag will wash up soft? Cordially, Nehmah

Nehmah -- Please let us know how your rice bag does - what a great idea! People use coffee bags all the time, so I'll bet it works. Hmmm... I may start food shopping just for the packaging. :-)

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