Let’s All Clap For Burlap

Burlap Art by Girl in the Garage

Lately I’ve been really into burlap and discovering all the cool and interesting things you can do with it.  (I mean creative artsy things, not like storing coffee beans or running in a potato sack race – although that would be fun too.. maybe next weekend? Hmmm)  So I went online to find and buy a few bags and what do you know… I ended up buying 10 (TEN) sacks!  I’m not sure what I was thinking… I wasn’t planning to reupholster my couch and loveseat with them!  Anyway…  I have plenty now for whenever inspiration strikes.  Also I had no clue how large those sacks could be, or how much they shed- wow.

I really liked the printed image on one of the bags so I bought a large painter’s canvas to display it.  Since I planned to hang my art, I opted to avoid the rumored hassles of washing the bag, even though it reeked of coffee.  (I am not a coffee drinker, I am definitely an OJ drinker… so I’m not a big fan of the smell.)  Instead, after cutting the bag and leaving a couple extra inches on each side, I Febreezed it…  like 10 times, letting it hang to air out between sprays.  After a couple days I was satisfied that almost all of the odor was gone.

Next up was attaching the burlap to the canvas.  I centered it as best I could and then stapled the fabric to the back side of the canvas, stretching as I stapled to avoid any air pockets on the front.  I learned that burlap unravels quite easily, so next time I’ll cut the fabric larger to account for all the unraveling.  Thankfully I had just enough for it not to be a noticeable issue.  Then on the back side of the canvas I nailed a sawtooth picture hanger.  Even though I liked the piece, it was still lacking something.  So I added upholstery tacks to the outer edges of the canvas with a gentle tap of my hammer.  It added just the right touch that I was looking for!

And here’s the finished view of the front.  I can’t wait to hang my coffee-bag-burlap art in my non-coffee kitchen!

P.S.:  I have also been making some home decor art out of drop cloths, which is much easier to work with and doesn’t smell, unravel as easily, etc. like authentic burlap bags (but still has a similar natural look to it).  I use it with smaller 8×10 canvases.  Here’s a few of my other pieces…

Hand-sewn beading with textured upholstery tacks:

Also stenciling with hand-sewn lace trim:


I do plan to offer some of my products for sale on etsy or through private messaging so let me know if you‘re interested or have any special requests.


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7 Comments on Let’s All Clap For Burlap

  1. Nancy @ Artsy Chicks Rule
    November 12, 2012 at 3:32 pm (6 years ago)

    I love those! I need something to cover my electrical box in my laundry room. Might have to look into some of those bags.

    BTW, I think I would love the smell of those. I love the smell of coffee more then I like the actual taste. 😉

    • Jen
      November 13, 2012 at 2:47 pm (6 years ago)

      Nancy, you’re right- this would be a great way to disguise an electrical box, and the burlap sacks are definitely large enough! No one would know what you were hiding under there… 😉

  2. Dee
    January 11, 2013 at 4:51 pm (6 years ago)

    Your burlap frame turned out super cute.
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    • Jen
      January 11, 2013 at 11:24 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks Dee!

    • Jen
      January 13, 2013 at 10:12 pm (6 years ago)

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Kirsten. I imagine that burlap from the fabric store is much easier to work with!

  3. Kim
    December 31, 2013 at 10:26 pm (5 years ago)

    Hey Jen!

    Love your dialogue with your projects – usually I’m a picture only kind of a gal, but you reeled me in, and I kept reading!

    I just wanted to let you know for future projects (because fabric unravelling is SO frustrating!!!), that when I worked at a framing gallery, we always started by masking taping (does that even make sense?) all of the edges; that way, it doesn’t keep unravelling while you’re working with it, and once it’s done, it will still hold tight to itself. ; – )

    Thanks for all of your great projects – lots of fun to view them!


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