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...