Ready for another Valentine Tutorial? Well, get ready. I’ve been wanting to work with burlap for a while now but I could never find it in the stores. Well, I didn’t really look because I was afraid. I heard burlap frays easily. And it makes you sneeze.
But then I found these at Walmart. Walmart in Hawaii no less! Walmart here doesn’t have Valentine fabric but they have burlap rolls? I don’t know. Hawaii is strange that way so I’m sure that you’ll be able to find these in your local Walmart. I also needed stencils because I sold my Silhouette SD a few months ago, and I found those at the PX. THE PX! What? PX’s never have cool stuff. It’s like Hawaii wants me to make this. The stencils were found in the school supplies section. They’re 3 inches tall.
So, first, I googled “how to cut burlap” and found a variety of tutorials that included removing a strand of burlap and cutting along the “line.” I did that for the pink pieces, which are 5 inches long. It’s all crap. You can cut in between the rows. So, don’t waste your time removing strands of burlap.
When I cut the chevron burlap, I just cut it. Throw caution to the wind! It hasn’t frayed yet, although I did “paint” the edges with clear mod podge to seal it it.
|Place a paper towel before you paint|
Once, it was all cut out, I sewed the pieces of burlap along a piece of double-fold bias tape. It’s easy, it’s already folded and it holds all the pieces of burlap together.
Once it was all sewn, I laid it out and put a piece of paper towel underneath each band. The burlap has holes in it naturally and unless you want to paint your counters, you’ll need to lay something down. I got some fabric paint and taped down my stencils. I used one of those 25 cents foam paint brushes to paint it all on.
Once it was all dry, I hung it up. All in all, it took about an hour. And it looks great. I should have taped down the stencils a little better because some of the edges bled a little.
The entire project cost less than $20 and it looks great. I’m trying to keep the house decorated throughout the year so these easy, cheap crafts are really helping me along.
What’s your favorite Valentine craft?