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!
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