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Friday, April 26, 2013

Burlap Bags with a Grain Sack Twist

When I sold at the flea market last weekend, I wanted to brighten my space with some pretty plants so I picked up some small iceberg rose bushes to set around.  I love the look of the burlap grain sacks so I decided to make a few for the roses.  I think they add so much and I think they would be beautiful for a rustic wedding or party.

 They were easy to make and I didn't even stitch them on the machine.  Of course, after I made them, I checked on line and they are pretty reasonable to buy.  The 12 x 20 bags are about a dollar a bag, but you have to buy 25 of them.  I only wanted four and I needed a custom size.
 Every blogger I know has some stray burlap laying about; right?  It's as much a staple as drop cloth.  I got out my scraps and measured the size I needed.  I took my household glue and ran a string of glue on each side of the sack and clothes pinned the sides until the glue dried.  It was quick.  Once dried, while watching TV, I stitched up the sides with a simple baste stitch.  Everything held beautifully, nothing unraveled and the bags were very pretty.
 I'm considering ordering some small bags to use my Maison d' Stencils on.  That's what I did here and people wanted to buy just the bags.  If they sell anything like my dish towels it would be a great inexpensive item.  And by the way, Maison d' Stencils is having a 30 percent off sale until the end of April.  Their stencils are pricey, but when you are in mass production mode, they are worth every penny.  Their link is on my side bar.  Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting everyone. 

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Lynda Bergman Decorative Artisan said...

Such a nice touch and look like they're so easy to make. So glad you're back!! Lynda

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

I love the bags! You really did a great job on them. I can see why people wanted to purchase them. Thanks for sharing this.
Have a wonderful weekend.

Ann said...

Love these bags. Great idea.

Gail said...

Oh Maggie, what a wonderful idea!! I have tons of scrap burlap. I'm going to have to whip some up for my booth for Mother's Day. Thanks for sharing and the beautiful inspiration. Enjoy your weekend, Gail

Kirby Carespodi said...

These are DARLING! I think I may need to make a few!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

Now you've got me thinking. I've got a big pile of burlap in the basement just waiting to be turned into something. Cute idea!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

I love these, Maggie! I'm glad to read you used glue and did a simple hand stitch, I'm not too keen on putting burlap through my new sewing machine. I've been meaning to go over to their site to look for a couple of new stencils ~ I guess I better get a move on since it is almost the end of April!

Linda at French Hollow said...

What a sweet idea! Perfect for hiding those plastic pots I sometimes leave my annuals in. :)

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Those look great Maggie! I can't wait to see pics and hear about the flea market! Thanks for the tip about the sale too! I want some of those stencils!

Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

Sweet! I love them and so inexpensive!

Anne said...

Love that stencil and LOVE this idea too Maggie!That looks so cool!

The Tablescaper said...

The bags look great.

It would be wonderful to have your post be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Old Crow said...

I love the burlap bags, heck I love everything you do and follow you via email. I however cannot PIN anything even if I go to your Pinterest site. Maybe you know what I'm doing wrong.

Thank you, Carolyn

Bliss said...

I read this last night before bed on the ipad and was trying to think how I can do this to the big pots on my front porch. If they don't have holes on the bottom then I could just slip burlap bags over, but don't want to rot the bottom with watering all season.


Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Great idea! Love the look with the plants.

Unknown said...

Saw your post on The Polka Dot Closet blog. New GFC follower. Great site! I love your post on what sells and what doesn't sell.

-Brittany Ruth