Sunday, August 3, 2014

Burlap caddy for chicken wire and old frames

 About a year ago I posted a very short tutorial on converting old frames to pin boards with chicken wire and paint. You can read about it here.

 On my own board I realized that clothes pins scattered all  over it or in bags was just not a pretty way to store them.

..So back to the burlap stash...

 and this is what I came up with.
A Little burlap "cup" to hold your clothes pins....Here is how I did it:

I have been keeping the nylon lashing tape that comes wrapped around boxes of supplies we receive.  It is sturdy sorta like industrial boning.  Also you will need a "craft" stapler. A stapler that will penetrate the strapping.  
One you establish how big a opening you want staple several layers of strapping together in a circle.  I just wrap on continuous piece and stagger stapling all around it..with the back of the staple on the inside...
Next cut fabric that is wide enough to go over half way around your circle with a one inch seam allowance....and long enough that when doubled you have the desired bag depth with a 2 inch seam allowance.  
Once you have your material and "boning" prepared choose ribbon of your choice and get your machine ready to stitch burlap.  You will need a heavy duty needle specifically for woven fabric (I recommend marking this needle and using it only on burlap especially if you are using coffee bag "raw" burlap.)

Set your stitch count to around 28-30 per inch to prevent unravelling.  Note the dust on my machine!  I never use raw burlap on my electronic machine!  It is messy and dusty!  If your only choice is a electronic newer machine then make sure that you take extra time in cleaning it.  I use a electronic air can to get even the fine particles out.  I choose machine quilting thread for its strength and because this 1937 singer 15-91 loves it!  If you machine sews with a strong poly or cotton then use it.  

Wrap your fabric around your boning  and mark your seam allowance with a pin...

Stitch you sides ... Then insert your boning leaving enough seam allowance to fold fabric down inside the cup .  Make sure you have ample seam allowance beyond the boning on the inside...

Pin it in place....Note making sure that the heads of your pins  are facing you to make it easier to remove as you sew.

I use the standard foot that came with this machine.  The toe on the right is smaller and will allow me to get close to the boning.  A zipper foot will do a nice job as well.  I also have a stiletto on hand to prevent that little toe from getting caught up in the weave.  A large doll needle ...crochet hook or small knitting needle will also work.

Slide your edge under your machine foot, you may have to use the lever to lift it ...Set your foot against the boning, your needle will not survive trying to sew on top of it.  Stitch around the edge of that boning.  Making sure to back stitch 1/4 of a inch at the start and end to lock your stitch.  

Almost there!

There are two options for attaching your ribbon.  A) you can pin in and as you put your hem in you can attach it.  Or B)  you can pin in on after the hem is put in and attach.  I chose B cuts down on the number of pins to deal with and I am concentrating on not jumping on to the boning, instead of where the tails to my ribbon are...

Once your ribbon is attached tie it on to your board.    

While I had the burlap out and was already itching....I took the same technique and made a scrap bag to hang on my machine cabinet.  The difference  is, it was made large enough to line with a twist tie storage bag...To make emptying easier....

I hope that you have found some inspiration from this share .


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  1. absolutely awesome idea thanks for the step by step xx

    1. So glad you stopped by ..I hope you give it a try....Sheryl

  2. Very clever and creative. I always hate throwing out the strapping. Thanks for tips about burlap and sewing machines!

    1. Thanks Ms D. SO glad that you stopped by and found this post helpful...Take care....

  3. Glad to get some tips on sewing burlap, my machine seems to hate it, jams up right away. Have tried to loosen tension and make stitches longer, is that wrong? Will do better job of cleaning machine out after sewing with burlap if I ever get to. Makes me wish hadn't sold Mom's old machine.
    I love to make things with burlap. Had no idea what a great look it gives until I saw so many items made on blog land. Now I make them too. When I first started sewing burlap I put ruffles or ends on table runners by hand.
    Love your clothes pin bag, such a great idea to store pins in it instead of having them out all over. I saw several other projects on your side bar I want to look into also. Great blog.

    1. with burlap I set stitches at almost the shortest prevent unravelling. Make sure that you have a heavy duty for heavy weave material. I also will use a heavy duty thread or machine quilting thread...since your machine "jams" up needle may be the culprit...try a new one...I am so glad that you stopped by..I have a nice supply of burlap so I am finding new uses for it and will be sharing...please do not hesitate to contact me. Good luck!