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10 Burlap Craft Projects

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10 Burlap Craft Projects

Give your next craft project a little shabby chic flair with some burlap! Burlap is inexpensive and it’s an eco-friendly fabric to boot! Here’s how to sew burlap plus some DIY ideas to get you started.

Burlap fabric is made from jute which – like hemp – requires little water and few pesticides to grow. That means that even conventional jute fabric is leaps and bounds greener than conventional cotton. Also like hemp, jute is a CO2-absorbing superstar. It grows fast and actually improves the soil where it’s planted, rather than sapping the nutrients like cotton does.

You can find burlap online by the yard pretty inexpensively. If you’re friendly with the folks at your local coffee shop, you can also ask them about snagging a few of their burlap sacks. Green coffee beans, like the ones pictured above, usually come in burlap sacks and many coffee shops don’t reuse those bags when they’re empty. Just ask nicely, and chances are you’ll come away with a burlap sack or two for crafting!

Next: How to Sew Burlap

Image Credit: Creative Commons photo by DeaPeaJay

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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10:34PM PST on Dec 9, 2013

Interesting,Thank you!

3:58PM PDT on Aug 15, 2012

awesomeness! thank you!

8:23AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Interesting, wonder if one can soak burlap a bit in baking soda to soften it and remove the itch factor? One could sew the edges first to prevent fraying perhaps.

Looks like an good crafty project to me with many uses!

8:47AM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Thank you

8:18PM PDT on Jun 12, 2012


9:03PM PDT on Jun 11, 2012

I have not seen a real burlap bag in years.

3:30PM PDT on Jun 11, 2012


3:29PM PDT on Jun 11, 2012


3:09PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Most jute comes from Bangla Desh. Think about the carbon footprint of transporting it to the US before declaring it eco-friendly. We should be growing hemp and ramie here, as well as bamboo. Such agriculture might even be an impetus to create new wetlands.

1:58PM PDT on Jun 8, 2012

Unfortunately, it feels *awful* I wouldn't use it for anything I had to touch.

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Interesting but some would be impractical. Plants above a pet's condo/bed/whatever needs to be caref…

Great ideas! I have a spool on my front porch. I use it for my house plants in the summer.

What kinds of tea?

How lovely! Thanks for the post.


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