DIY Home + Garden How to Upcycle a Coffee Sack into a Burlap Box

Published on February 11th, 2012 | by Becky Striepe

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5 Awesome Ways to Repurpose a Burlap Coffee Sack

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Upcycled Home Decor

We’ve talked some about the joys of burlap before. Burlap is made from jute, a very low-impact plant to grow. Not only that, it’s pretty easy to get second hand burlap, if you know where to look. Local coffee shops, especially ones that roast their own beans, tend to be rich with big, empty burlap sacks. If you frequent a local coffee shop, get friendly with the staff and ask nicely – I bet they’ll be happy to give you a burlap sack or two!

Sewing With Burlap

The thing about cut burlap is that it LOVES to shed, so you’ll want to sew your pieces pretty soon after cutting them up. For extra security, use your machine’s zigzag or interlocking stitch. Burlap is normally made with a pretty loose weave, so these stitches will do a better job of catching all the loose threads on the edges.

Burlap Craft Projects

So, now you’re all jazzed about burlap and you’ve managed to secure a some of your own – now, what to do with it? Here are some burlap craft projects to get you started!

1. Fabric box. Use Karen’s super detailed instructions to turn that burlap sack into a box for organizing your craft supplies.

2. Statement necklace. Jen over at Tater Tots & Jello shares how to make a super sweet ruffle necklace, and I’m swooning over the burlap version!

3. Lamp shade. This ruffled burlap lamp shade from Mama Says So is super sweet! Just grab a shade from the ol’ thrift store, and you’re ready to get crafty.

burlap chevrons

4. Make art! Grab your masking tape and some of the paint you have on hand, and turn your burlap into frame-able wall art.

5. Window treatments. How cute is this? Paige of Design doesn’t have instructions to make these super cute coffee sack window treatments, but it looks pretty simple. You can hang them up with a couple of hooks or even nails, and then nail ribbon to the top of the window, so you can tie them up when you want to let in more daylight. Easy peasy!

Have you guys done any fun burlap craft projects lately? I’d love to hear what you’re making in the comments!

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



  • http://Www.wasnowcreations.com Claudia

    Hi Becky,

    Thanks for the burlap tips. I make bags for iPads and cell phones out of burlap basmati rice bags. You can see one here:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/92442591/ipad-bag-made-from-indian-basmati-rice

  • http://wydevendesigns.com Gerrie

    Hello Becky, I just ran a blog today about rescuing and reusing and included a like to your burlap tips – thank you. I am all about refurbishing (mostly upholstered furniture) but love all green tips and techniques.

    Gerrie

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