4.01.2011

Burlap Ideas

Burlap seems to be everywhere these days and used so many different ways. It is cheap, provides wonderful texture, but the bad part is it isn't a fabric that you want to snuggle with.

When I showed you my sister's kitchen the other day there was an apron hanging on the front of her fridge that she made. I thought I would tell you how easily she made it. My sister does not sew, but she can do great things with a bottle of Fabri Tac.


Isn't this cute? She purchased a cheap vintage coffee bag at the flea market and wasn't sure what she was going to do with it and then she had a light bulb moment.

Light bulb moment! Work with me here folks.


Let me explain this the best I can. She took an apron that she already had. You can see the backside of the striped apron here. She cut the back of the sack off and saved it for another project I will  share in a moment. She took the front part of the sack and laid it out. Then she put her apron on top of the sack and traced the outline of the apron. She then cut out the burlap sack in the shape of the apron and glued the apron and burlap sack that has been cut out together with the FabriTac glue. She mainly just glued the edges real good and did not glue all over. She didn't want glue showing through the burlap. By using the apron attached to the burlap gives it strength that it would not have on its own.


Here you can see the striped apron showing through the burlap when pulled open with the light behind it.
She glued on the black braided trim to hide the cut edges of the burlap plus it looks cute this way.





This is the final look.


She took the plain backside of the burlap sack that she had cut and made a towel out of it. Not to use of course. Don't think anyone wants to dry off on burlap. Ouch!
She taped off the area to paint the red stripe on and then just added random numbers. These
numbers don't have any special meaning.



And here is the finished look.

A place that I have used burlap in an unusual way is in my sitting room in the back of my bookcase.

This was an easy project that I did last year and you can see how here.


I also made this burlap crate cover for Miss Bailey's crate that she sleeps in at night. I was amazed that I was able to create this. I am not really a sewer either, but I managed to whip this up last year.


Isn't she the cutest?

I know several of you have seen these last two projects before, but the theme at Donna's party this week for SNS is burlap.  I am sharing at the following
parties:

Funky Junk Interiors SNS 
Bargain Hunting with Laurie for Favorite Things Saturday

Come back tomorrow for a giveaway!

Enjoy your weekend,

KIM



39 comments:

  1. Your sister's apron is brilliant and adorable! So are your bookcase and the little crate cover!. I love to use burlap, but what I can't figure out how to mask is that distinct burlap smell. It seems like it takes forever for it to go away.

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  2. Kim I love burlap and to think of all the horse feed sacks I throw away...I made the skirt around the manicure table with burlap and I'm making the curtains for the kitchen with it. I found Ivory colored and I love it works better for me.

    Pattie

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  3. I still think that crate cover idea is the smartest thing! Have a great weekend!

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  4. I love this apron she made! Good thing for the backing it would be pretty itchy!
    I'm loving the burlap table runners I'm seeing in blog land too!

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  5. Bailey is very cute. Does she like the cover...she looks like she is saying to you..."It's cute....but it smells bad."

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  6. Cleverness runs in the family huh? So cute!

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  7. Love the apron and the towel. Both are fabulous pieces. She did a great job. Hugs, Marty

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  8. Adorable! I especially like the "Houston" print on that apron. My hometown. Her towel is cute too. Glad to know I'm not the only one who can't sew around here. You did a great job on the crate cover!

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  9. Great idea! Love your crate cover...your puppy is adorable!

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  10. Kim, I was just at Hobby Lobby in Buford and bought....burlap!!! I got a yard and a half to mess around with, not sure what Im doing with it yet, but I'll figure something out! Found some adorable burlap shades at Target the other day...a few things here and there and it will be perfect. I love how you put it on the back of your book cases. I also got some that you use for chair refinishing, (I think) you buy it by the yard from a roll, has a cool red stripe down it. Saw someone hang a wreath with it and thought I'd try that!

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  11. Great ideas, Kim. I picked up some burlap coffee sacks and still trying to decide how I'm going to use them.
    ~ Sarah

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  12. Who knew good old burlap would get so popular? I was just commenting on that the other day on someone's blog. That was very clever how your sister made that apron. I do a lot of sewing, but prefer not to sew on burlap. I don't like all those fibers getting into my machine. Gluing is much better! Cute cover for Bailey's bed.
    CAS

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  13. Great no-sew project and so cute. FabriTac glue is new to me and I'm checking it out. I like your projects, too, especially Miss Bailey's crate cover. Hope you have a great weekend.

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  14. Ok, so clever runs in the family I see! I love these apron and towel ideas, and of course I love how you've incorporated burlap into your house too! You are right though, burlap is not something you want to snuggle up with!

    Have a great weekend!

    Kat :)

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  15. Your sister and you have the knack for prettying stuff up.

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  16. Look at all of these pretty burlap projects! I love the apron.
    Yvonne

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  17. I love her cute apron. Your doggie's little crate cover is so sweet. I know she loves being treated so special.

    hugs
    Sissie

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  18. Coolest. Apron. EVER! And so clever not even sewing it. :) Your pet carrier cover is darling!

    I love this theme...

    Donna

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  19. Great idea for a non-sewer. You are right- burlap is NOT user friendly. I can remember being around it as a kid and it always made me itchy...even washed it is scratchy. If the old farmers only knew what a craze there would be over burlap! They would not believe it~ xxoo Diana

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  20. Great burlap projects. Your sister was very clever just to glue the burlap overtop of another apron. It would also make the back softer as it might rub against your skin.

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  21. I have to have a burlap apron!!! That is so cute and how clever!!! Love it. And how cute is your dog with it's own burlap curtain! Great post

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  22. Kim, I love this apron! What a cute and unique idea. Even I could do this project since it is "no sew".
    xo,
    Sherry

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  23. Darling apron! I have got to make a kennel cover like yours - it is precious.

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  24. She is the cutest, Kim! I love the burlap on the backs of your bookcase. But I find that working with burlap makes me sneeze. I don't know quite what it is in the fiber. So I've been buying a fabric that's somewhere between muslin and burlap to me and I can sew with it. Great ideas your sister has!
    Brenda

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  25. Miss Bailey looks adorable sitting there with that crate cover. Sure makes it look a whole lot nicer! Love the apron too.

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  26. You are the burlap queen! I like what you did with the puppy's crate. Adorable!

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  27. All your ideas are really fun, Kim...and Bailey looks so adorable in that pic!

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  28. Kim I spied those the other day. I made some pillows yesterday with that no sew stitch witch..best thing ever created. I love your sisters burlap apron..super job!

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  29. You are two smart sisters!

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  31. I found a quilt a few weeks ago that I paid 2.00 for made of full seed and grain sacks. Very soft cotton. I googled the different sacks and they dad back in the 1930's I will have to post it on my blog soon. I really love your blog!

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  32. Bailey looks so proud..I think she is smiling!

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  33. so creative! love a great idea!
    Miss Bailey looks very pleased with her new digs!!

    happy weekend!
    joan

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  34. Miss Bailey is very very sweet! I love your burlap fun! ♥

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  35. Love, Love, Love this, great party you heading too I will have to check it out and of course that Miss Bailey couldn't be any cuter!

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  36. Well, apparently creative brilliance runs in the family! I don't sew either, but I do LOVE fabric glue, and that apron is so cute! I also LOVE the burlap backing in your shelves. Thanks so much for linking all of these amazing projects, (and that amazingly cute Bailey too) to Favorite Things. laurie

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  37. all the burlap! LOVVVEE IT!
    And that lil poochie! A CUTIE!

    xoxokara

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  38. Bailey is just too cute!

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Thanks so much for stopping by. I do appreciate all your lovely comments...Kim

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