Hello!! I hope you had a fabulous long holiday weekend. After an insane week last week, with friends staying with us, helping one of them move into his new apartment, dealing with car troubles, etc, I was so happy to have a somewhat relaxing weekend and make some progress on a big project.
You see, I've had this project in mind for, oh, at least 6 months. I finally decided to move forward with it a couple of weeks ago and have advanced pretty slowly with it. Unlike most projects, on which my practical side takes over and zooms forward, this was an ART project and as such, it intimidated me. The result of my art projects never quite matches my vision and it's made me reluctant to get excited or motivated for them.
This art project was intended for our bedroom which still does not feature a headboard but did feature a big empty white wall. I knew what materials I wanted to use: burlap coffee sacks and fabric scraps. I have so much burlap left over from making the buckets by Maya*Made, and her projects and style inspire me so much.
Also, we barely had time to enjoy our bedroom makeover in Tennessee before moving last year, so I drew the rough idea for my design from that mural. I started browsing the web for some good images and found a few on iStockPhoto.
I drew up my plans, then gathered my fabrics and ironed then onto lightweight interfacing.
I cut my burlap to the desired size (25 x 25 inches), then pinned and sewed it onto a layer of muslin. One of the pieces of coffee sack I used had a big gash, so I patched it with another small piece of burlap. I thought the rugged patchwork look would work with my vision, I'm not so sure about that decision now. A note about the burlap: for this project, I used the back and inside parts of the coffee sack. They feature a lighter version of the prints and stamps (what leaks onto the inside of the bag) which worked better for this project than the bold prints featured on the front of the sacks.
Then came the fun part: I started to cut and assemble my shapes. I had to revisit the sizing a bit, because my shapes overwhelmed the "canvas".
For the birdies, I went back to iStockPhoto and looked for bird shapes that pleased my eye. I used a combo of bird designs to draw mine (with a highlighter on the back side of the fabric, i.e. the interfacing).
When I was happy with the placement of the items, I began sewing them in place with a contrasting dark brown thread. I started with the tree trunks, then pinned the leaves and birds and sewed those on too. I attached all those pieces by top-stitching roughly 1/8 inch from the edge. I can tell you, it was a good exercise in using my machine with precision. Whew!
I love the way the back looks!
But I think the front looks pretty cool too:
I ironed everything nice and flat with a hot, dry iron. Then, it was time to attach my art to wooden frames (that I found at Ikea!). My poor downstairs neighbors... As Ben said while I was hammering away: "Mommy, you makin' a YOT of noise!". It takes a lot of nails to stretch that art onto the frame!
I'm pretty pleased with the final result. Here is my burlap art, hanging over our bed. I am so sorry for the poor light, we had a terribly gloomy weekend and it looks like the clouds are hanging on for the week...
I am curious to see the response to this project. I ended up having a lot of fun with it and have about a million other ideas for similar burlap art. I wonder if it's something people would be interested in buying on Etsy... Would love to get some feedback from our readers on this one!
What have you been up to this weekend? Sewing a meeeeellion sandwich bags? ;) Can't wait to see!
Jenny, I absolutely love these pictures! I had an idea to do something similar with paper to make something for the bathroom walls. I never quite got there, and I see I could learn a lot from the way you gathered inspiration and planned out your pieces. They look great with the pillows!
This weekend was good, but there's never enough time! I am in Fall cleaning/declutter mode, which could bode well for garage salers and etsy shoppers in the near future! I have too much stuff, and I am drowning under it all!