This post will teach you how to sew a super simple burlap garland that you can make yourself with jute webbing, hemp rope, and an hour of time.
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This garland is truly simple to sew for a very beginner for several reasons. Jute webbing is easy to sew on, and requires only a universal needle, and basic sewing thread. Sewing on jute webbing (that characteristically is just striped burlap meant for supporting a chair cushion in a chair or sofa) is easy, and gives a good chance for a newbie to practice making a narrow seam allowance (sewing close to the edge) and pivoting at the point of the garland to make a nice, sharp point. Of course, if you are a seasoned seamstress, this project will be even faster and easy to customize further. Jute comes striped in a variety of colors (navy, black, and red being the most common) and a couple different widths. Mine in 4 inches wide.
You will need:
Instructions: Cut jute into 12 inch lengths. Zigzag cut edges. You can skip this step, but be warned that this webbing will fray significantly, and not in the cute way.
Fold the end into a point. Sew from the side, to the point, lower the needle, lift the presser foot, pivot, and sew down the other side of the triangle. I prefer a narrow 1/8 inch seam allowance and since your stitches disappear readily in the jute webbing, this is a great time to practice sharpening your skills.
Repeat on all sections.
Measure about 20 inches from the end of the rope. This is where your first section will be sewed.
Lay the jute webbing sections around the hemp rope with the triangle points pointing to the right. The enveloped rope will be to the LEFT of the presser foot, which may feel contrary to your instinct but this worked best for the next step.
Use a sewing pin to secure the section however you’d like. Sew a straight line, remembering to backstitch at start and finish. Do your best to get as close to the rope as you can. This creates a tight casing so your garland sections aren’t sliding all over the rope. I like mine to be close to evenly spaced.
Continue to sew sections to the rope about fist-width, or 4 inches, apart, the length of the rope.
Knot ends of the rope.
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That was a piece of cake, right? I know some of you are new to me so I wanted to say hi! I’m Jenny and I love helping newbies get started making homemade things for themselves. I used to work in a fabric store while I was in college and I will NEVER run out of killer good ideas for crafting for beginners. Never 🙂
That’s me! My photographer makes me look like I’m actually sorta in control of the two wild children and galumphing chocolate lab behind her. God bless her 🙂
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