How to Garden with Burlap

How to Garden with Burlap

We go through a lot of burlap bags here at Winans! Every week we roast approximately 2,000 pounds of coffee! The green coffee is delivered to our roastery in downtown Piqua in large burlap bags. These burlap bags weigh roughly 150 pounds and are full of our specialty green coffee beans. You can buy our empty burlap bags in our stores. Burlap is a wonderful item to use in your garden! It is inexpensive, biodegradable and has a myriad of uses: Burlap Uses in the Garden 🌷Loosely cover plants with burlap to provide a little frost protection, or wrap evergreens that are prone to damage from the weight of heavy snow. 🌷Create a burlap barricade to stop deer and rabbits from nibbling on your fruit trees and bushes in the winter. 🌷Hang a length of burlap over a veggie bed to create shade when the summer sun is just too hot for crops like salad greens. 🌷If you’ve prepared a new garden bed but you’re not ready to plant it, you can use pieces of burlap cloth over top (weighed down with rocks) to prevent weed growth. 🌷Use burlap instead of pre-formed coir liners in your pots and planters and save some money. Hold it in place with binder clips. 🌷Disguise ugly pots and containers by wrapping them in burlap. 🌷Block drainage holes with scraps of burlap. This will allow excess water out, without leaking soil. 🌷Old pieces of burlap work great for dragging mounds of yard waste, like piles of fall leaves. 🌷Burlap can also be used instead of fabric for many garden decorations. Our Favorite Burlap Garden...
How to Craft with Burlap

How to Craft with Burlap

Here at Winans, we have a plethora of burlap coffee bags! Every week we roast approximately 2,000 pounds of coffee! Green coffee is delivered to our roastery in downtown Piqua in large burlap bags. These burlap bags weigh roughly 150 pounds and are full of our specialty green coffee beans. Burlap is a great item for craft and sewing projects! It has a unique texture and many bags have interesting farm and co-op logos printed on them. You can buy our empty burlap bags in our stores. These are some of our top tips and tricks for working with burlap: Tips + Tricks ✂ Burlap is messy! If you can, cut your burlap outside, as the fabric sheds everywhere. Be sure to clean the dust from your scissors and sewing machine regularly too. ✂ Use a rotary cutter or very sharp fabric scissors to cut thick burlap. ✂ Follow the thread grain to cut straight lines and add a little extra space for your seam allowance as burlap tends to fray. ✂ Use a heavy-weight thread, the thicker your thread, the easier it will be for your stitches to grab onto the burlap weave. ✂ Line your burlap with interfacing or a heavy, stabilizing fabric to give your project structure. ✂ Finish raw edges with a zig-zag stitch to prevent fraying, you can also use a liquid sealant like Fray Check to stop tears or holes from spreading. ✂ Use a high setting to iron burlap, it helps get rid of wrinkles. Our Favorite Burlap Crafts:  DIY: Burlap Coffee Bag Art Burlap Coasters and Placemats Burlap Coffee Bag Pillow...
DIY: Coffee Jar Terrarium

DIY: Coffee Jar Terrarium

A cute coffee jar terrarium is a great way to bring a little nature indoors, and show your love of a good cup of joe! If you don’t already happen to have a small glass coffee jar, you can purchase one at a craft store or you could repurpose a different coffee container like a coffee pot or even a French press! These basic terrarium building rules can be applied to any container. The other items you will need can be purchased at any home improvement or gardening store. The three main components needed in a terrarium are pebbles for drainage, charcoal to clean and purify the water and soil for the plants to grow in. The most important thing to remember when making a terrarium is drainage. A container like a glass coffee jar doesn’t have a drainage hole, but you can create drainage with pebbles in the bottom of the container. To make your own coffee jar terrarium you will need: 1 glass coffee jar, or another container with a lid small pebbles potting soil charcoal small terrarium plants or mosses larger pebbles or other decorative items water spoon (optional) Before beginning the project, make sure your glass jar is thoroughly washed and dried. Once your container is ready, add the pebbles. You’ll want a small layer, about a 1-2 inches deep. If you’re using a large container, you can add more pebbles. Sprinkle or spoon a layer of charcoal over the pebbles, about 1-2 inches thick. Add a layer of potting soil, about ½ to 1 inch deep. If using small terrarium plant(s), take them out...
DIY: Burlap Coffee Bag Art

DIY: Burlap Coffee Bag Art

  Want to add rustic charm to your home? Would you like to proudly display how much you love coffee? Burlap coffee bags from Winans are a great way to decorate your home and showcase your love of java! After emptying them of their beans (did you know coffee beans are green before they’re roasted?!) we sell our burlap coffee bags for $5 at Miami County Winans stores. These bags are great for creative home crafts and DIY projects. We’re going to show you how to make some burlap coffee bag art to adorn your walls. This DIY is a great introductory project for working with burlap. Check out our Pinterest board, DIY: Burlap Coffee Bags, for more crafty ideas!     The materials you need for this project should be readily available at your local craft store. Buy your burlap coffee bags at your local Winans! 🙂 To frame one burlap coffee bag you will need: Large stretched canvas Burlap coffee bag Masking tape Scissors Staple gun Staples Gather your materials – let’s get crafty!     The first thing you will need to do is cut your burlap to fit your canvas frame. The frame that we used was 24 x 36 inches. We were able to cut our burlap bag down the left and right seams and the bottom seam, essentially separating the front of the bag from the back. What size you need to cut your burlap will be determined by the size of your canvas. Be sure to save your scrap burlap for other crafty projects! To attach the burlap to the canvas frame, we...