These burlap bags were a hit with my class at Paper Cowgirls.
They were such an easy, cheap project.
I made 23 at one time!
Fun to embellish too!
Gather your supplies:
1 yd. of burlap would make you about 3 bags, at least.
A drop cloth.
(Ace Hardware's brand has a nice nubbiness to it.)
I wash them with fabric softener to geth them nice & soft, coffee stain them & then throw them back in the dryer. You get a lot of projects from one drop cloth!
A piece of cardboard.
I rip the backs off all my kids drawing pads, they work perfect.
(we go through a lot of drawing pads)
Rip the drop cloth to measure 18"x 11" , cut the burlap a little smaller for the fringe from the drop cloth to show through.
I had to pull some tape off the top of the cardboard before I could fold the board in half. Make a firm fold.
Lay the cardboard in the center of the cloth & use a pencil to draw a line down the sides. Place pins & sew. Leave center of one end open to stuff with the cardboard.
After you stuff the pocket with the cardboard push it all the way to the bottom. At this point pull the frayed edges off the burlap till it looks good to you.
(get out your dust buster)
Then fold the pocket over and steam closed with a hot iron. When you are finished you will have a loose 3" flap, fold that over & steam shut.
You could finish the bag here with a simple button closure. Sew on some buttons & tie it shut.
(a bad demo here, but you get the picture)
If you did it this way you could maybe add a pocket or image to the inside. A message to someone??
But if your making it like mine, sew the sides using the seam from as guide.
So many different ways to make it your own.
I could see Sissie doing this with pink burlap & one of her muslin flowers on the flap! Cute.
A different fabric instead of the drop cloth would be nice too.
I made a smaller one to hold my business cards. What a beautiful way to package a special piece of art or anything else.
I hope you can use this simple project sometime!
Before I go I want to share some of my PC haul with you!
I did a cuff swap with the CRAZY talented Marie Jenkins
(sorry no blog, but I'm working on her!)
It is the most amazing piece, my sad pictures don't do it justice.
Check out the details, the charm & the tiny domino's, seed beads hand stitched.
It was packaged too cool! As if the cuff wasn't awesome enough, Marie included a darling cowgirl purse & a domino necklace.
Buttons & seam binding in the back.
This girl is so good! She did several swaps, each over the top!
I purchased this beautiful necklace from my sweet friend & fellow teacher Angela from Filigree Moon. She has wonderful style, I can't wait to take a workshop with her at Cottage Panache. I want to learn some jewelry techniques like wire wrapping to incorporate into my art.
And Jamie from art-e-ology!
You could barely get close to her booth, between her totally amazing finds & the great prices I think she just about sold out!
The images were drop dead gorgeous!
I couldn't resist some of her one of a kind collage sheets.