Are you fully stocked with burlap? After making the burlap pocket pillows, I was fresh out, as we say in the South. A visit to our local fabric shop resolved that. Good thing, because a dear friend of mine made door decorations like this, and I wanted to make some of my own and share them with you.
I apologize for the reflection on the glass. No way to avoid it, I’m afraid. All of our doors have glass for seeing out into The Land of Making Do.
Have I mentioned we live in an area with winds like Kansas? Everything gets the wind-blown look, so everything has to be very secure! With that in mind, I made these bags with a cinch strand, so the opening can be tightened around the flowers.
Speaking of flowers, I love fresh flowers! Do you? If you’re having company or a special gathering, you could hide a tall cup of water inside the bag for your flowers. Fresh flowers would be beautiful and fragrant for your guests.
But, I’m not having a special gathering, so I’ve used ordinary non-fragrant fake flowers for my arrangement. You’ll recognize these dogwoods, the vine, and the nested bird from my Piggly Wiggly China Debut centerpiece. Isn’t it fun to use things in different ways? (More economical, too.)
Here’s how to make the burlap cinch bag. Cut a rectangle 22″ x 18″. Run the 22″ edge along the selvage, so you won’t need to serge or zig-zag that edge. Burlap ravels so quickly! Serge or zig-zag the three other edges.
Fold down and iron 1″ along the 22″ selvage edge. Before stitching the fold-down, place a 1/8th-inch ribbon inside the flap you’ve created. Cut your ribbon to 40″ long.
Stitch the fold 5/8″ – 3/4″ from the folded edge, depending on the width of your ribbon. You’ll want to avoid sewing over the ribbon under there.
Sew the two 18″ sides together, leaving it un-stitched at the folded part. Begin your stitching past the part where the ribbons come out of the fold.
This isn’t the usual way I’d sew a cinch bag, but it’s quicker and less complicated. The opening will be hidden, so this short-cut will work fine.
Before you stitch along the bottom edge of the bag, position the side seam you just stitched to be in the center of the bag.
This places the cinch ties in the center back. You will hang your bag from the ties, and it helps it to hang straight if the ties are centered. I may or may not have discovered this lopsided-ness on the first try with the ties to the side of the bag. 😉 (Don’t look too close at the top picture.)
Invert your bag and pull the ties to draw up the cinch. See? It’s a cinch! (I’m sorry – couldn’t resist saying that, y’all.)
Of course, you’ll want to insert your flowers first.
After cinching, tie the ribbon in a bow and hang the bag by the bow loops. You can adjust the hanging position by making your loops larger or smaller.
My front door is rather large, so I made the first bag to the measurements I gave you. Also, my flowers for the front door arrangement are a larger-scale.
I was also making one for a friend whose door is more the size of my kitchen door. When I hung hers on my front door, it looked fine.
But on my kitchen door, it looked a little too large.
So I cut down the size. The smaller bag’s cut size is 18″ x 17″ (strange, I know, but that’s what I came up with). It is 8-1/2″ wide after sewing together, and the more narrow bag looks better on the smaller door.
If you need a bow on your burlap bag door decor, visit Make a Decorative Bow and see how easy it is.
I’m so glad you joined me today for some creative fun! I look forward to our next visit.
I’m joining several of these parties this week:
The Tablescaper for SEASONAL SUNDAY
Stone Gable for ON THE MENU MONDAY and TUTORIALS, TIPS & TIDBITS THURSDAY
The Gunny Sack for WHAT’S IN THE GUNNY SACK? and TIME TO SPARKLE TUESDAY
Alderberry Hill for MAKE THE SCENE MONDAY
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