Thursday, October 25, 2012

Sew Easy?

Yes, that's a pun in the title. I'm a sewing newbie - I just got my first sewing machine this summer and I have been hard at work figuring it out. I've got the needle threading down, so that's good, right?

I'm looking for beginner level projects to try. Pinterest has made locating some projects so much easier. There are plenty of pins for "beginner level projects" and "easy sewing projects" out there and I've pinned quite a few on my Sewing board and continue to. I thought I'd share some of my favorite project ideas - you can click on the title or the image to find the tutorial:

A compilation of bag tutorials - Bags seem like an easy and functional project.
Sewing Tutorial: Totes
A really cute burp cloth tutorial - These are made using cloth diapers as a base.
Burp Cloth Tutorial
And these other cute burp cloths - These are from scratch but look pretty straightforward.
Burp Cloth Tutorial
These adorable embellished flour sack towels - These seem easy to personalize to your kitchen's decor and are so cute!
Embellished Tea Towel Tutorial
These fun place mats - I love that you can personalize them to match decor, holiday etc.
Sewing: Placemat Tutorial
This cute baby minky blanket - Okay, so it may take some non-beginner skill but I'd like to try it eventually.
Minky Baby Blanket Tutorial
If you're not so new to sewing, what are the best tips can you share? What projects do you recommend for a sewing novice?

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Adding a Touch of Fall

I live in The South. It may be October, but it's warm here still, and will be for awhile. Last week, we had a cold front that came through, teasing us about the cooler weather to come...enough for us ladies to break out our boots, but we know the 70s will be back soon enough.

This, along with the fact that Halloween is a few weeks away, had me thinking about a Fall wreath for our front door. I knew I wanted to make one, and I knew I didn't want to spend much. I also knew I'd pinned about 10 wreath links on Pinterest, so I started there. I pinned this one last year.

Ribbon Wreath Tutorial

After looking through several links, I decided to make this one from The Long Thread, but in orange instead of the gray ribbon. Orange seems "Fall appropriate" and like something I might be able to use in the Spring as well, so I went on the hunt for bulk ribbon online. I found this ribbon on and the price was perfect at $10 for 50 yards (more than this requires). The little spools of ribbon would have cost me a LOT more than this one. I also bought a foam wreath base as Michael's for around $4 with a coupon.

Using this tutorial, I created my wreath. It's a very beginner-level project and this tutorial is pretty good. It only took about an hour to create. The only extra tip I can provide is that twisting your knots after you tie them helps. I used a basic square knot and after it was secured, I just twisted each one around 180 degrees. It seems to make them stand up "straight" better. See my finished product below:

Ribbon Wreath Tutorial

If you wanted to go a little different, you could use fabric strips instead of ribbon, or you could use different ribbons to make it interesting, maybe pinks and purples and polka dots for a baby girl? If you don't like the traditional Christmas wreaths, you could use green and red (or just red maybe) ribbon to make it Christmas-y. Lots of options to customize it for your needs! There are plenty of wreath tutorials available. What is your favorite wreath you've created?

Sunday, October 14, 2012


Welcome to Burlap and Lace! I’m glad you’re here! Why the name Burlap and Lace? I love rough and rustic burlap paired with soft, romantic lace. They complement each other so perfectly. Together, burlap and lace can be so versatile. With a little creativity, they can be used for all sorts of projects.

I’m hoping this blog will be a great way to share my creativity – through projects for the home, cooking, sewing projects and general crafts. I think it will be a great way to inspire others to channel their inner creativity.

I’ll share the projects that worked, the ones that just flopped (let’s be honest…not everything you see on Pinterest is as easy as they say it will be. Sometimes things just don’t work out as expected!), and of course the insights and tips I’ve learned through the process. Like details? I’ll share those too – I know successful projects come from detailed instructions.

Stay tuned – there are lots of fun things to come!