You may have seen my previous post on recovering my art chair in burlap.
But, did you know about this? Burlapcrete?
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Burlap is so versatile and biodegradable that you can put the scraps straight in the compost bin when you’re done!!!Or dip it in concrete and throw it at the side of your house – who knew!?!?!
This weekends project is making burlap baskets
First I had to make a few design decisions and draft a pattern.
There are literally tonnes of square burlap bags/baskets/boxes out there with their floppy sides and/or 5 or so layers of interfacing to ensure it stands firm as thick cardboard.
I wanted a more natural shape but one that mainly supported itself – Here’s where a little geometry comes in. The strongest geometric shape for my basket has to be a circle because a circle is not weaker or stronger at any point on its circumference – it distributes force evenly and remains intact. That is if it is a perfect circle – I will try my best to cut it right.
I want a little shape and slumpness in the sides to give it a more natural form so I will use only one layer of iron on interfacing and line the basket with cotton. Gravity helps with the slumping – but being a circle the hope is – it wont fall over with the slump and look ugly.
To work out the pattern I needed to refresh my mathematics skills
From there on it was fairly easy to get started, the pattern got a little technical in areas as I wanted 3 different sizes and needed a method that would suit all three and give a good finish.
After I had finished making the first basket I found there were PDF patterns available from Maya*made. That would probably have been easier. So if you are interested in making some burlap ‘buckets’ go to Maya*made’s etsy store via the image below to source a pattern. The only difference between Maya’s bags and my pattern looks like the base on hers is possibly square. It looks like a good pattern, she also has a nesting bucket pattern as well.
Here are some tips I found during my experience in working with burlap
And, here is the finished product. This is the biggest size of 3.
……………… a few hours later
All 3 nesting baskets are done! These are for my sister as thanks for the burlap supplies!
and I made one large one for myself out of a 1960’s kitchen linen wall hanging, burlap and cotton…