Thursday, November 3, 2011

Ta-da ----- Burlap Tree Skirt!

Well, the burlap feed sack Christmas tree skirt is finished!  This will go under the tree that is going to be decorated with the little burlap treat bags I made earlier.

My friend Carol gave me two identical feed sacks for this project.

After sewing them together and adding a little more plain g burlap to make a square, I cut a big circle.

Next, I made a cut from edge to the center and cut a small circle out of the middle for the tree trunk.

A fringe around the perimeter finished the project.  Now I just need to let Carol know it is done!

I am linking to these parties.

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

From the Heart Boutique in downtown St. Charles opens tomorrow for a 6 weekend run.  We are so ready for Christmas!  Come visit and shop with us.  The weather should be perfect!


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

More Burlap Projects

Hello friends!  I'm back from a blog vacation and I'm ready for show and tell!

A while back, my junker friend Carol asked me to make little bags out of a vintage burlap sack to be used as Christmas tree ornaments.  They are for a tree will be part of the annual Festival of Trees at the Mayo Civic Center in Rochester, MN.

The theme of Carol’s tree (sponsored by her employer) is vintage-reuse-repurpose – just what I would expect from a good junker!  The bags might be used to hold treats of some sort.  Other ornies for her tree include small wheels and sandbakkel (pastry) tins.  I am anxious to see what else she uses!
The prototype.  

Simple to make: cut a rectangle about 5 x 10” and pull a few threads on each 5” side to make a fringe.  This will be the top of the bag. Fold in half with right sides together, zigzag the sides and turn right side out.  Cut about 6” of wire, poke it through the seam near the top of the bag, twist and do the same on the other side.

The finished bags are about 4" x 5” and the handle adds another 2.5” to the overall height.

My next task is to make a no frills-no ruffles-very plain tree skirt from a couple other vintage burlap sacks.  I'll show you when it is finished!
It's Burlap Week at Whisper Wood Cottage and I'm joining in the fun.  Go check it out!

Linking also to Funky Junk's Saturday Night Special.

Funky Junk's Sat Nite Special

I have made a lot of things with burlap and will try to post a few new projects before the end of the week.  Here are links to a few older posts about burlap projects if you care to take a look.