Tuesday, November 29, 2011

DIY: What $5 in Burlap Can Do

I have a thing for burlap.

Luckily, so does Chris.

Which means, this Christmas, we are burlaped out. In fact, if I knew how to sew, and I don't, I'd make some new, burlap stockings. Hmmm, maybe I can do that with a glue gun...

Anyway, I went to Hobby Lobby a few weeks ago and burlap by the yard was half off, so I bought three yards. It cost me less than $5. I also bought three yards of off-white linen, for $3.

And I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it. I saw this pin of a burlap and linen tree skirt and I really wanted to make it. If you want to see the tutorial I found via pinterest, it's here.

The thing is, I don't have a lot of patience. For that reason, I am not a great crafter. So I did my skirt a little differently and probably a lot quicker.

Here's how I did it.

*Note - I glued mine onto my old tree skirt which was made of felt, without any problems.

First, cut your burlap and linen into 4-5 inch strips, all the way down the three yards.

Next, and this is different, I didn't pin anything. Not even the burlap, which is quite a bit harder to work with than the linen.

I folded, put a line of glue, pushed down on it with a folded over paper towel - which prevents you from being burned - and then put a dot of glue to hold the ruffle. With the linen, you don't need that extra dot because the linen will hold the ruffle pattern much more easily.
So. Simple.

I finished up in about two hours.

The only problem was that I had burlap left over. So what's a girl to do?

Cut more strips, and use it as garland on the tree of course!

And that, my friends, is what $5 in burlap can do for you!

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