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
Burlap Covered Storage Box
Burlap Flower Bouquet
Burlap Office Chair Makeover
Burlap Peg Bag
Burlap Tote with Shabby Rose
DIY Burlap Coffee Bag Ottoman
Using Burlap in Unexpected Ways – a Rug and a Cat Bed
Acorn Autumn Burlap Banner
Christmas Gifts with Burlap Name Tags

Need more inspiration? Check out our board, DIY: Burlap Coffee Bags, on Pinterest! Be sure to also read our blog post, How to Garden with Burlap!

Have you made something out of one of our burlap bags? Share your project with us on social media! Be sure to use the hashtag #WinansBurlap with your post!

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