Thursday, September 13, 2012

Love Affair With Burlap...

I've gotten quite a few questions about the burlap wreath I just finished so I wanted to add pictures to give others an idea of how to make one.  It was very simple and it's definitely one of my favorite DIY projects to date.
I purchased a yard of burlap at JoAnn's.  The burlap runs for $3.99 a yard and if you use one of their weekly coupons, you can sometimes get it for as low as $1.99 for a yard.  
Hence, the reason I'm having a love affair with burlap right now. 

I began by cutting the burlap into strips.
I used a single stray strand of the burlap and threaded it through a needle-
 (if you look closely at the above picture you can see stray strands of burlap fraying at the edges.  I tore those off until I had one long enough to use as a thread).

I connected the two sides of my first strip of fabric with the needle and thread.
I gathered the fabric in three pleats and brought the needle down from where I first stitched (at the top of my fabric) and brought the needle through each pleat.
Repeat this step.
Gather three pleats and bring the needle down and through the pleats (pulling tight after each set of pleats).  It should begin to look like the picture below.
And when you have finished and run out of your first strip of fabric, it should look something like the picture below.
Below is a completed strip of fabric placed on a wreath to give an idea of what it should look like.
I continued to to make pleats with each strip of cut fabric and I sewed them together until they were long enough to cover the whole wreath.
When the pleats were complete I used a hot glue gun to attach the burlap to the wreath. I also used stray burlap pieces and tied them around both the burlap and the actual wreathe to make it more secure.  The burlap blends  in so you cant see the tied pieces.  
Lastly, go to hobby lobby and go crazy in the dried flower department.
I could spend hours in that place.

In total this project cost under $5.00. 

Soon I'll post about our DIY burlap pillows.  I'm thrilled with how our first one turned out and I can't wait to share the set of them and explain how easy they were to make.