I first made some simple burlap curtains for the bathroom windows. Although these were very simple to make, I found that after I finished, I was unable to use them because they were way too sheer and you could see right through them. I knew Mr. CH's mother would not find that amusing when she came to visit. One solution would have been to line them with muslin, but I didn't want to do that, because I thought it would block too much of the light. (Lesson learned - hold fabric up to window during day to see if fabric is too sheer BEFORE you cut it and preferably BEFORE you buy it.) So I ended up using a tan on creme toile fabric for these curtains, only covering half of the window, so that it would provide privacy, but still allow light to come into the bathrooms.
I then turned my attention to the bath tub, and decided to make shower curtains. I I needed two widths of fabric for the shower curtain, so I cut the fabric into two pieces. Then I choose one of those panels, and cut it in half length-wise. I pinned each half panel on either side of the solid panel. This is done so that there isn't a seam in the middle of the shower curtain. Your eye forgives the the two side seams; however, it will not usually ignore one directly in the center. (When sewing a bed cover, it is even more important not to have a seam down the center.) I sewed the pieces together and then pressed the seams open. Next, I formed the hem for the top of the curtain (no need for a rod pocket here, although the sewing instructions are the same, either way.) The bottom of the curtain were also pressed and hemed.
|Bottom of Shower Curtain|
I left the sides raw, since that added to the charm. (Okay, there is no fooling you... it also made the project easier and faster.)
|Raw edge of Shower Curtain|
I didn't even sew button holes at the top for the shower curtain hooks, since it wasn't necessary. The fabric was so loosely woven, that the shower curtain hooks just went right through the fabric at the top. To ensure that the weight of the fabric wouldn't pull, enlarging those holes, I put the hooks in the top above my seam, where there were three thicknesses of the fabric. That has worked beautifully.
|Top of Shower Curtain showing placement of Shower Curtain Hooks|
I used a shower liner on the inside, to keep water off of the fabric, especially since the water would probably go right through the burlap onto our wood floors. Below is a picture of the shower curtain.
|Burlap Shower Curtain|
I was looking for some more ways to use burlap, and found one. I used another piece of burlap as a tablecloth on our table outside. It wasn't wide enough to hang over the sides, but that also seems to be a look I have seen other places, so I didn't bother to make it any bigger and just used it like it, without any sewing. If it gets stained, then it just adds more character. (Works for me.)
|Close-up of Burlap Tablecloth|
Our shed has lots of windows and we wanted something to block the view of the things inside the shed so I also made three curtains for that building. And I still wasn't done. I had one more burlap project left in me.
I found three inexpensive small ottomen at TJ Maxx. Is that the plural of 'ottoman'? My spell check says, "NO," apparently it is 'ottomans', which just doesn't sound right. They were perfect in size, but I really didn't like the fabric. It was too orangey brown. I made some simple slipcovers for each one. This may look complicated but it was very easy. I simply measured the sides and top of the ottoman and cut a piece of fabric for each side and the top. Using piping string from the fabric store, I made some burlap piping and sewed it around the top piece of fabric. I then sewed the four sides together, making sure that it would fit the top exactly. Next, I sewed the sides to the top. After heming the slipcovers, I was done.
|Corner of Ottoman under Slipcover|
Some of the burlap I used, I purchased at Joanne's for $3.99/yd. It comes in several different forms, believe it or not. You can buy the original type of burlap that has a very loose weave; this is the type people still use today for gardening and other utilitarian uses. I used this version of burlap for my tablecloth. At some point, the manufacturers realized people wanted to sew with burlap, and they decided to make a burlap fabric more suitable for decorative sewing projects. This new burlap often comes in a few different shades, typically bleached, sage and original brownish tan; it has a tighter weave and looks much more refined. I chose the "refined" burlap for the shower curtain and the ottomans. If you are buying burlap for a sewing project, you will probably want the tighter weave of burlap. Just look around first.
I love this Aidan Gray burlap pillow on my Swedish bench.
To finish out the look, I purchased the Le Jardin (Aidan Gray) ottoman below.
|Aidan Gray Le Jardin Ottoman|
Moreover, he made fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that was outermost in the first set, and he made fifty loops on the edge of the curtain that was outermost in the second set. Exodus 36:17