How To Make A Placemat Using Burlap Coffee Bags

Burlap Fabric provided me with the main materials I used in this craft project. The opinions I shared about using these materials are my own, and Burlap Fabric did not tell me what to say or how to say it.

I love the look of burlap coffee bags! The graphics on these bags are what I like the best. So, when Burlap Fabric contacted me about using some of their product in a craft project, I was pleased to see they offered authentic used burlap coffee bags. I figured I could make some placemats lined with plain white burlap, which they also offered.

How To Clean Burlap Coffee Bags:

Before I could start making the placemats, I had to do some prep work. Since the burlap coffee bags were authentic and used, they were dirty! This is to be expected and can be remedied with a little hand washing. You don’t want to just throw a coffee sack into your washing machine. If you do, the ink from the graphics will fade. I washed one bag at a time, in a deep sink, with a tablespoon of laundry detergent. Then, I spent a lot of time rinsing. To get the excess water out, I then placed the bag on the spin cycle of my washer. For the sake of time, I dried mine on low heat in the dryer. The dryer lint trap will collect a lot of burlap fibers! You could also place the coffee bag inside a pillow case tied shut with a rubber band. Then while drying, the pillow case will hold any loose fibers. The last preparation step was to ironit flat using a hot iron and a little spray starch.

How To Make A Placemat

1. Start by cutting a coffee bag in half to have the two sections of fabric to work with. I cut the back off of a bag just inside the side seam in case I wanted that seam left on for a different type of project, like the hot pad project at the end of this post. I had also used a seam ripper to open up the top fold of the bag to get the most out of the fabric.

how to make a placemat

How to make a placemat

2. Next, I chose where I wanted the pattern of my placemat to be, from the coffee sack, and cut a rectangle 13 inches wide by 17 inches long. I then cut a rectangular piece from my white burlap at 12 1/2 inches wide by 16 1/2 inches long.

3. From each of the edges of the coffee sack rectangle, I unraveled approximately 1/4 inch by pulling single strands from the edges.

4. To keep more strands from unraveling and to adhere the white burlap to the coffee sack, I simple sewed the two together with an 1/4 inch seam allowance, back to back.

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5. I wasn’t worried about that raw edge because I am cleaning that up with some linen ribbon and fabric glue! It was easy to cut out the lengths of ribbon to match the lengths of the placemat sides. Then I just glued them in place, overlapping in the corners.

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The Finished Product

I was able to get four placemats out of one coffee bag. So, a set of twelve will only take three bags. The colors, in the sacks I chose, will be especially fun at Christmas with the red and green. I am super happy with the thickness of this burlap as it is perfect for placemats. For weight, it wasn’t really even necessary to line the back with the white burlap. However, I still wanted to do it for the softness. The coffee bags have a bit of a rough texture and I didn’t want to take a chance of getting any scratches on my maple dining table. They probably wouldn’t scratch but I do like the softness of the white burlap fabric and the added security it gives.

coffee sack placemats

coffee sack placemats

What To Do With Coffee Bag Fabric Scraps:

When I was finished cutting out my fabric for the placemats, I had some scrap fabric left over. Since I didn’t want to waste these small pieces, I came up with a couple of quick small projects.

My first idea was to make a simple hot pad. When I saw how nice the coffee bags stood up to a very hot iron, I thought wa-la! This burlap is so thick, it would be perfect for a hot pad. And, if I was going to line it too that would just be another layer of protection.

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I just sewed a square of coffee sack together with a square of white burlap, right sides together – just like a pillow leaving one side open. Then, I turned it inside out and pressed the linen edge under and sewed in place. Here is the example where I left that thick side seam in place for looks.

coffee sack hot pad

coffee sack hot pad

Probably the easiest way to use up a scrap, and maybe the most obvious, is simply to frame a piece. Just cut out a piece from your favorite graphic. It’s a creative way to get some unique wall art.

framed coffee bag

I have some ideas for more burlap crafts so stay tuned for what I have coming up!

How To Make Burlap Flowers

Quite often I will see a craft project that is embellished with a decorative burlap flower and I always love the look.  So, today I thought I would make some flowers to have on hand and to practice a couple of different techniques.

Each one has it’s own unique look, that are quite different from each other, as you can see from the photo below.

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The first technique is a looped burlap flower using the strands of burlap.  It is really a lot easier than it sounds.

How To Make Burlap Flowers Using The Looped Technique:

For a fairly small flower, you will need:

  • a 3 inch by about 30-36 inch strip of burlap that you will cut from a yard
  • tacky glue
  • fabric glue

To get your strip of fabric, you will need to cut it from a larger section like this:

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You first need to measure a three inch width.  At each of your end marks, you will pull out a strand of burlap to mark your cutting lines.  Before cutting, you will need to run of bead of tacky glue along the inside edge of the cutting line.  If you are doing multiple flowers, then you will run a line on each side of the cutting line (as shown below).

looped burlap flowers tutorialThese flowers can go really quick once you have the prep work do so it is a good project to do several of at the same time.  I was using a scrap piece of burlap so I only had room for a couple of flowers in this example.

After applying the glue, you can take a break to work on another project or go have a cup of coffee.  The glue needs to fully dry before you can cut between the glue lines.

Once the glue is dry, just cut where you took out the strand, between the glue lines.  Then, you need to pull out all of the strands in your strip accept for the glued edges.

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At this point, I like to use fabric glue because it is a fast tack.  Run a bead of fabric glue along the inside top edge of your piece and then bring the bottom half up to fold your section in half.  Press the edges together to form a bond.  Run another bead of fabric glue along your new top edge.  Starting at one end, begin rolling the looped strip tightly together at the top seam, making sure to keep the edge even as you roll.  I forgot to take a picture of this last step but you are just rolling the seamed edged together which forms your flower.  When you are done rolling, you have your flower!

looped burlap flower

I added in an old typewriter key for some extra embellishment.

How To Make Burlap Flowers Using The Rolled Technique:

For a small flower you will need:

  • a 2 inch by 30 inch strip of burlap ( I used patterned
  • hot glue
  • felt cut into a small circle to use as flower back

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Cut a strip of burlap to about 2 inches by 30 inches or buy burlap trim.  You can adjust the size depending on the size flower you want to make.  I wanted to use a patterned burlap to give my flower another dimension.

First, you need to take one edge and fold the corner down in half toward you.

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Then, you bring the corner of that first triangle and fold it toward you in a small triangle and then roll that whole edge in until it reaches the edge of the first big triangle.  Now fold the upper half backwards so the trim piece is in half.

rolled burlap flowerAt this point, you will start twisting the full piece of burlap from the top to the back to form petals and you will turn the flower as you go.

You can do this part either tightly or more loose depending on the style you want.

If you don’t like how the shape is turning out, just start over!

When you are happy with the results you just put some hot glue on your felt circle and glue it to the bottom of your flower to hold everything in place.  You may need to add a few spots of glue between your petal layers, especially if you wrapped your flower loosely.

Your result will be a fun shabby chic flower!

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15 Best Burlap Craft Ideas For Home Decor

Burlap is one of my favorite textiles to work with in home decor projects.  It is so versatile and gives an instant rustic chic look to any accent.  I have rounded up ten fantastic burlap craft ideas to inspire you.

1.  Burlap Bulletin Board by These Moments Of Mine

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Burlap bulletin board by These Moments of Mine

This bulletin board craft was inspired by a Ballard Designs magnetic burlap board.

2.  Burlap Subway Art by Domestically Speaking

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Burlap subway art by Domestically Speaking

I love the theme of this subway art!  I could dream of Summer all year long.

3.  Burlap Placemats by Pickles And Cheese Blog

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Burlap placemats by Pickles and Cheese Blog

These Pottery Barn inspired placemats are easy to make with burlap, stencils and paint.

4. Burlap Ottoman Slip Cover by Burlap And Blue

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Burlap ottoman slip cover by Burlap and Blue

5.  Burlap And Button Bin Label

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I like to use burlap as a base for labeling bins with buttons.

6.  Burlap Dry Erase Calendar by Simply Kierste

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Burlap calendar by Simply Kierste

A great look for a dry erase board with the burlap under glass!

7.  Burlap Backed Frames by Craft Warehouse

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Burlap backed frames by Craft Warehouse

For a rustic look, take out the frame glass, add burlap and clip on photos or other art.

8.  No Sew Burlap Silverware Holder by On Sutton Place

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No sew burlap silverware holder by On Sutton Place

9.  Burlap Framed Monogram by Love Of Family And Home

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Burlap framed monogram by Love Of Family And Home

10.  Burlap Storage Boxes by My Love Of Style

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Burlap storage boxes by My Love Of Style

11. Burlap Flowers by Morena’s Corner

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Burlap flowers by Morena's Corner

12.  Burlap Acorns by Life Is A Party

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Burlap acorns by Life Is A Party

13. Burlap Garden Flag by Doodles and Stitches

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Burlap garden flag by Doodles and Stitches

14.  Coffee Burlap Sac Box by Crafting A Green World

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Coffee burlap sac box by Crafting A Green World

15.  Burlap Tufted Headboard by The Studiolo

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Burlap tufted headboard by The Studiolo

I hope you have found these burlap craft ideas to be inspiring!

Happy Crafting!

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Burlap Craft Ideas

Burlap is such a wonderful fabric to work with.  The texture and warm color options make it a perfect accent fabric to use in a rustic or shabby chic decorating style.  Another big plus is that it’s fairly inexpensive to buy.  You can purchase burlap by the yard for around $3 and if you have a coupon from Joann Fabrics you may have just saved 50%!

So now that you know that you want to use burlap, how do you incorporate it into your home decor?  I have plenty of burlap craft ideas to help get you started.

I’ll start with a real simple idea I had for making burlap labels for some galvanized tin tubs that I had.

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All I did was cut a square of burlap and decoupaged it onto the tin tub.  I then “labeled” it by spelling out the word with vintage buttons.  For this particular tub, I made a generic label of “joy” to use at Christmas.  I use it by the fireplace to keep birch logs in.  You can see more details for this project here.

Here are some more burlap craft ideas that I found.  You can find more details on each of the projects by clicking on the photos.

1.  Burlap owl Christmas ornament by Flea Market Trixie.

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Burlap owl by Flea Market Trixie

I happen to love birds and owls and think this would be a perfect ornament to put on a tree.

2.  Burlap bins by A Diamond In The Stuff

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Burlap bins by A Diamond In The Stuff

Decorative storage bins are always a nice thing to have and these bins covered with burlap are both easy to make and super chic.

3.  Burlap wreath by Confessions Of A Plate Addict

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burlap wreath by Confessions Of A Plate Addict

So simple, chic and fantastic!  I love this wreath and can’t believe how easy it is to put together!

4.  Burlap Monogrammed Memo Boards by Monica Wants It

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burlap memo boards by monica wants it

A more stylish version of a memo board!

5.  Burlap utensil holder by I Heart Nap Time

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burlap utensil holder by I Heart Nap Time

This is such an easy way to dress up a table setting.  A little fabric glue, a stencil and some paint are all you need for the holder.

What have you made with burlap?  Share your ideas in the comments below!

Happy Crafting!

Combining Burlap and Birch For Chic Decor

When it comes to pairing elements together in decorating, there are some things that are just meant to go together like peanut butter and jelly.  One such pairing, that is my all time favorite, is burlap and birch.  Whenever I combine the two, it just brings a smile to my face.  I like the closeness in the two neutral colors but differences in their textures.

I have a burlap table runner that I like to use on one of our tables.  Quite often I will have some kind of centerpiece that includes birch.  Right now I just put out this birch basket with white tulips in anticipation for Spring……yes I have Spring fever quite bad!!

At other times, I have used my birch covered wine bottle vase as a focal point.

That reminds me of an old vase that I recycled and also covered with birch bark to use as an accent in my downstairs bathroom:

Rustic birch vase with a burlap garland tie and burgundy flowers.

This vase also has a touch of burlap with the section of garland tied around the neck.

I recently just made a birch candle holder dressed up in a little burlap and accessorized with a flower:

Birch candle holder wrapped in burlap and embellished with a doily and burlap flower.

The doily added another neutral and one more fun texture!

And finally, this was an easy way to combine the two elements:

Tin bucket with a button and burlap label filled with birch logs.

I use my storage tin with the decorative burlap to store my birch logs!

I looked around for some other ideas and here are some other fun examples that I found:


This is such a cute kids table with the birch legs and burlap top!  I would use something like this as an accent table in a big kids room!

I love this birch and burlap wreath by Lu Bird Baby.  It was made as a Christmas wreath but since it is so neutral could really be used all year long.

And then, I thought this was a lot of fun:


You may not use this photo booth to decorate your home but it would be a lot of fun to display and use at a rustic wedding reception or other big event!

Happy Decorating!