Gunny Sack Window Art

8-DSCF4754Gunny Sack Window Art

1-DSCF4681I have the best customers!

I recently sold the cupboard I had restyled a few weeks ago and the customer who bought it gifted me with these two windows. She had already sold several windows, but nobody seemed to want these because a few of the panes had come out. Score!!!

2-DSCF4699My vision didn’t involve the panes at all so I just removed them. After cleaning up the frames I decided I liked the chippy finish and did not paint them.

I added a layer of chicken wire to the back…

1-DSCF4685…and then dug out my vintage gunny sacks. I only had a couple with printing on them left in my stash, but as always I worked with what I had. One sack has several hole issues so I decided to start with the one that was in better shape. I still think the one with holes will work, it just needs a little extra attention.

I opened up the bottom of the sack and then cut a slit up the center so the printing would be centered when the bag was opened and laying flat.

3-DSCF4701After ironing out all the wrinkles, I placed the frame over the sack. The excess on the edges was folded around the frame and taped to hold it in place. I flipped it over and stapled it to the frame. The excess around the edges was then trimmed off.

5-DSCF4708I loved it, but it still looked like it needed a little something-something.

6-DSCF4715Out came my collection of die cuts. I picked a couple of flowers to use as a pattern. Burlap is a horrible frayer. Hmm, is frayer a word? Well, if it isn’t, I say it is for today. 😉 Anyhow, I ironed heavy duty fusible web to the back of burlap scraps before I traced and cut out the flowers. The web prevented the flowers from fraying, as well as gave them a sturdy base.

Paint was lightly added around the edges of each flower to make them pop.

7-DSCF4721The flowers were sewn to the screen and gunny sack with jute.

8-DSCF4754I love it!

Enjoy!

Bamboo Burlap Chairs

5-DSCF2192Bamboo Burlap Chairs

1-DSCF2177New junk finds from this summer were these bamboo chairs. There were three of them.

The weaving on the back of one was broken so I decided to remove it from all of them.

After a thorough cleaning, I sanded them and applied white paint.

2-DSCF2181They then received a shabby chic sanding. I love me some shabby chic.

3-DSCF2184The real character for this transformation came with the new seat covers and matching seat backs. I used old burlap bean sacks from Nebraska.

4-DSCF2189The seat backs were made using two thicknesses of burlap with heavy duty fusible web sandwiched in between to give it a hefty stiffness. I attached them using upholstery tacks.

6-DSCF2196What do you think?

Enjoy!

Chalkboard Restyle From “Art”

5-DSCN5473Shabby Chic Framed Chalkboard

1-DSCN5464I found this frame and painting in a free box at a yard sale. It had issues. The painting wasn’t even in the frame. I loved the frame’s shape, but the painting…not so much. I took both parts because the board fit the frame and I knew I could reuse it as something else.

2-DSCN5465A chalkboard is born. I flipped the board over and painted the back with chalkboard paint.

4-DSCN5470The frame color didn’t appeal to me either. I painted it white and sanded it to distress.

3-DSCN5469I loved the look when I finally put them back together. Since the painting was showing on the back I covered the back with brown paper. I also moved the hanger so that the longest area of the chalkboard was hanging horizontally.

6-DSCN5475I liked it, but it was a bit boring until I added a burlap bow.

5-DSCN5473Free art with a purpose!

Enjoy!

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Scrappy Flag Tags

5-DSCN5336I just can’t seem to stop making scrappy tags. These scrappy flag tags are my newest tag design.

5-DSCN4741You may remember the scrappy fabric tags I made a while back. I used lots of scrap lace and white fabric to make them, but…I save everything. I have scraps and bits of fabric and trim in a variety of colors, so I chose patriotic colors to make flag tags.

1-DSCN5322The base is still burlap. I really like the way its edges fray, and it helps the tags hold their shape. I frayed a 1/2 inch on all sides of the burlap pieces.

2-DSCN5327I used a layer of white lace for the white stripes that was cut 1 inch shorter along the width and the length than the burlap was.

3-DSCN5330The stripes were strips of red fabric that I layered over the lace. They were each the same length as the flag’s width.

4-DSCN5333Then the blue field. I layered it right over the stripes in the corner of the flag.

Each layer and piece was top stitched along the edges using white thread. I didn’t worry about sloppy stitches or jagged cuts.

5-DSCN5336The charms on the blue fields are decorative nail heads I had in my craft supplies. Buttons, beads and jewelry would also look nice.

I started with a set of three, but just like the scrappy lace fabric tags, I couldn’t make just one. I’m in the process of whipping up several sets.

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Scrappy Fabric Tags

Like eating potato chips, I couldn’t stop at just one of these scrappy tags…

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…or two…or three….well, you get the idea.

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It started out with this pile of lace bits.

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Then there was this bag of burlap scraps and white fabric pieces.

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I began doodling with some letter stamps…

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…and then started layering the pieces together.

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I stitched with absolutely no rules. It was so freeing. Is that even a word? Yes, I say it is.

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It may not have been necessary, but I stitched every layer separately.

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I went back over stitches if the mood struck me. I loved the shabby, scrappy look.

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When I finished one, I just couldn’t stop. I got into assembly-line mode and began cutting, snipping and fraying several stacks of tags. I realize now that even thought the laces were varied, the layout seems to be the same on all of them. Next time, (there will be a next time because I haven’t put any of the materials away) I plan to rearrange the layout.

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Although I loved them, they didn’t look quite done once the bits and pieces were stitched together.

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Out came the bobbles and doodads. (buttons and jewelry)

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This batch was decorated with vintage brooches and earrings, but I’m thinking the next batch will be embellished with old buttons and charms.

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