Get Crafty with Used Burlap Bags

Get Crafty with Used Burlap Bags

Burlap is a coarsely woven, tough, durable cloth used for coffee, feed, sandbags and more. Otherwise known as hessian or jute, burlap has a very natural, rustic appearance, making it an idyllic material for homemade and decorative crafts. There are an endless amount of ideas for creating projects involving burlap, especially if you are creative and have the right supplies. 

Below are a few craft projects you can try yourself. 

Window Curtains 

One of the best things about burlap bags is the ability to coordinate them with several different décor styles such as shabby chic, eco-friendly, earthy, trendy, rustic & wood cabin, and bohemian and island. There are many different styles of burlap, however, so you will need to purchase, borrow, or ask for the types of burlap that will work for this project. You will also need to purchase some no-sew tape to help streamline the curtain-making process. 

After you’ve decided which window you want to decorate as well as measured the length of the window, you can start laying out your pieces of burlap. It’s recommended that you use the no-sew tape and iron to assist you in making your window panels long enough. After they’re the desired size, fold one inch over at the top of each panel and iron the no-sew tape to create the curtain rod pockets. Fasten the clip to certain rings on your panels and then slip them on the curtain rods. Then, per the directions, hang your curtain rod. 

Last, but not least, be sure you tweak your panels to suit your taste. Pull out fibers length-wise to make large or small fringes if you would like to have fringe along the bottom. You can even use clothespins on the back of the panels to train them to fold like proper curtains. To add more of a professional touch, you can do tiebacks too. There is hardware available for tiebacks that should match your curtain rod or tassels. 

You Will Need: 

  • Burlap bags
  • Stitch Witchery 
  • Iron 
  • Sharp pair of scissors 
  • Clip on curtain rings 
  • Curtain rod 

Throw Pillows 

Lay out some of your burlap bags to figure out what sizes and how many you want to make out of them. In most cases, you will only have to make one or two cuts, and many of the sides should already be sewn up. If you desire a certain logo or wording from the bags, center that and then fashion the pillow around the design. Stuff all of your pillows and use needle or thread or no-sew tape to stitch up the sides of them. Finally, to add detail to your burlap throw pillows, attach something decorative to them such as buttons. 

Some other creative and fun ideas for the bags can include making purses by hand, wall hangings, costumes, picture frame backing, replacement cloth, lampshade covers, or placemats. 

You Will Need: 

  • Bags of burlap
  • Stitch Witchery 
  • Pillow stuffing or inserts 
  • Decorations 


Burlap Hanging Board 

An easy and quick way to improve the look of any room in your home is to create a custom-made burlap board that will allow you to display your memorabilia, quick reminders, notes, and photos. You can customize the size of the board by cutting it or use the original size of the board. After your board is the desired size, put a piece of the burlap over the foam board, allowing four inches to overhang on all of the sides. Use an adhesive spray to attach the burlap to the board and let it dry. After it’s dried, pull the edges of the burlap toward the back and use staples to secure it. Find a good spot to hang your board on the wall, then personalize it with whatever you wish, using push pins to affix your items. 

You Will Need: 

  • Foam board less than 2 inches in thickness 
  • Burlap
  • Adhesive spray 
  • Stapler 
  • Photos 


Burlap Mason Jar Lights 

Halloween and Fall are right around the corner, and there’s nothing better than having a lit-up walkway for a backyard party with Mason jar candle holders. Take a piece of burlap long enough and wide enough as the jar is tall and place the Mason jar in the middle of the fabric. Then wrap it around and tie it in place from the top using sisal twine or colored ribbons. Once the jar is stable and tied, place a battery-powered candle or tea light inside of the jar. 

For a Halloween-themed candle holder, cut out some festive shapes like ghosts, witches, or leaves into the burlap before you wrap it around the Mason jar. 

You Will Need: 

  • Empty mason jar 
  • Burlap 
  • Tea light candle 
  • Scissors

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