The first burlap project that I'm going to share with you are these pretty spring Easter bunny burlap place mats. They were really quite easy... you definitely should give them a try!
- White paint
- Stencil brush or foam pouncer brush
- Bunny stencil (or a Cricut, Silhouette, etc.)
- Sewing machine (optional)
2. I measured some of my Pottery Barn place mats as a guide, so I wanted my finished product to measure 14"x20." I cut my burlap place mats to about 15 1/2" x 21 1/2," to allow for seam allowances.
I chose to sew the edges of each place mat under with a small seam allowance, but you can either skip the sewing altogether, or just sew a straight stitch around the edges without folding the material under (which will help reduce the fraying). I think that sewing the edges gives it a nice finished look!
If you want to sew the edges under, I have an easy trick for you! I took a very hot iron, folded under each side of the place mats, one edge at a time, and ironed the seam down. I placed a dish towel on top of the burlap, just to be sure that I didn't melt it. Worked perfectly! Ironing the edges down kept them nice and flat, so that I didn't have to pin at all, and they stayed down perfectly so I could sew nice straight lines around all of the edges.
3. Sew around the edges of your place mats. I used a stitch on my machine that made three stitches, since burlap is thick, just to be safe. You can hardly even see the stitching through the burlap.
4. I used my Martha Stewart foam pouncers, my Martha craft paint, and my Martha holiday stencils. Yeah, I'm a sucker for anything with her name on it ;) If you don't have the Martha stencils, you can cut your own stencil from a Cricut, Silhouette, or any other die cutting machine. You could also google "rabbit silhouette," and then make your own stencil out of poster board or cardboard.
And there you have it! I bought some very similar place mats (minus the bunnies) at Pottery Barn when I was a newlywed, and spent quite a bit of money for a set of 6. These only cost a couple dollars at the most, and they look just as good! I can't wait to use these for some lovely spring dinners!
I hope you give these a try! Happy sewing!
I also made a burlap Easter Bunny Hanging that matches the placemats that you might like!
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