Things to Make With Burlap Bags




A round-up of the crafty ways to upcycle burlap rice and coffee sacks.




Some great ideas for wreaths….and those burlap rosettes would make nice embellishments for other projects.

1. The Complete Guide to Imperfect Homemaking  2.  grapevine wreath 3. Love Is…  4. burlap rosettes 5. Today’s Fabulous Finds 6. The Roseland Family [via 74 Burlap Projects at Too Much Time On My Hands ]   Speaking of embellishments, check out these sweet burlap flowers. I love that the color graphics on the bag ass a nice pop of col

or. Experiments with Burlap

[via iShare Crafts ]

Storage Bins!   [via Mari Makes: ] These would be so excellent in a craft room or even kids’ playroom.

Burlap Tote [via MAKE ] One of the fabulous things about using burlap bags is that you can re-transform it into any style of bag you’d like.

Here’s another style

: burlap messenger bags

Burlap Messenger How- To

You can sometimes even use them as they are…with maybe some slight alterations.


Rice Bag Rucksack [via Ready Made ]

And of course, there’s all sorts of things you can make for around the house…


This was upcycled using a thrift store lamp! [via A Little Piece of Heaven ]

Chase the Star: Burlap Pillow From My Craft Stash!

Pillows, of course This one via Chase the Star ]

No-sew burlap utensil holder

This one’s a no-sew Utensil Holder [via I {Heart} Naptime   ]

Cute burlap ornaments. #ornaments #crafts

Sweet ornaments (I would use these any time of the year ) [via Modern Country ]

Seriously, folks….so many things you can make with this stuff…

And if you need tips on how to work with burlap, here are some tutorials:

How To Cut Burlap in A Straight Line [via Clumsy Crafter ]

How To Sew Burlap [via Care2]

How To Wash Burlap [via eHow]


Right now, I have about 10 bags in stock in my Etsy shop. Hurry…these babies go fast.


Burlap Basmati Rice Bag for Upcycle Crafting

Burlap Basmati Rice Bag for Upcycle Crafting

Book Review: I Like Old Clothes

We found a kiddie lit gem at the library this week. I Like Old Clothes by Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman was originally published in 1976 with different illustrations. The poem is about how fabulous second hand clothing is …and even old, “vintage” clothing .The new illustrations by  Patrice Barton with this version are gorgeous,bright and have a wonderful handcrafted, comfortable feel.

When somebody grows

And gives me their clothes,

I don’t say, “What, those?”

And turn up my nose

The way some people do

When their clothes aren’t new


I love this shrugging off of the attitude that hand me downs are bad . The poem embraces the spirit of  second hand…. the idea that a sweater had a life before, in another town ,in another school or that a dress went to parties and did fun things.

“The history and mystery” of old clothes and their usefulness to their new owners is celebrated.The children in the illustrations treasure their thrifted wardrobe, not just for wearing but for playing dress -up and crafting.

There’s a wonderful video here of Mary Ann Hoberman reading the whole book, a copy with the original illustrations by Jacqueline Chwast. She introduces the story by telling the inspiration, her own childhood with hand me down clothes from a cousin who wore fancy dresses and beautiful clothes.


Those are some of the best kinds of clothes!


Even though I love the art in this, I can’t help but think it would be cool to come across the original 1976 edition in my thrifting travels!


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