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June 23, 2011

Burlap & Denim Ruffled Patriotic Wreath

Wow! That blog title is a mouthful! But it is what it is... And this is a
Burlap & Denim Ruffled Patriotic Wreath!
I've been wanting to make a red, white, and blue wreath for a while and finally decided to make the time for it. The final version is not what I originally imagined, but it is so much better!

I have to confess that I woke up at 3 am the other morning for no reason in particular. Could NOT fall back to sleep to save my life. So what's a girl to do? Run through design scenarios for my next craft project: the patriotic wreath! That's how the ruffles came to be.

I started with a wreath form, some red satin ribbon, and my trusty Beacon's 3-in-1 adhesive.

I wrapped the wreath form with the ribbon because I wasn't sure how well the burlap would cover the wreath. Luckily it would not end up being a problem...

Because I ran out of ribbon thus the gap in the above picture.

Next step: Gather my fabrics!

I could have sworn I owned some red burlap. But apparently I imagined that!
So I spray painted some white burlap I had on hand, and it worked like a dream.
Love it when that works out!

I cut my new red burlap and more of the white burlap into strips. Then I hand-stitched crochet thread through the top of each strip to make ruffles.

I glued the ruffles to the back of the wreath, layering the white and red.

Then I started wrapping the ruffles around the wreath. When I would get to the end of a strip of ruffles I would glue on another one. I wrapped about 3/4 of the wreath this way. I think I ended up using 5 strips of red and 6 of white.

I repeated the ruffling technique with the denim material and proceeded to wrap the rest of the wreath.

I'm loving all of those ruffles! But something is missing...

I need some "stars" for my denim so it's time to break out the button stash!

I glued various sized buttons randomly to the denim ruffles. 

Now its complete!

The rustic look is really appealing to me. I just keep wanting to go stand on my front porch and stare at it!
:)

So the lesson here is: If you wake up in the middle of the night and can't go back to sleep, ponder you next craft project. You may just perfect it!


Linking up to the burlap fabric giveaway at Domestically Speaking.

112 comments :

  1. Umm...I love this...I must have this...I'm totally going to craftlift this!

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  2. Oh my gosh Michele!!! This is soooooo cute!! One of my favorite wreaths ever. I would be pretty tempted to leave that up all the time.
    I'm in love. Seriously. ;)
    Pinning, Stumbling, Facebooking - all that stuff. ;)

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  3. Oh Michelle! This is the bestest wreath ever! I absolutely love it !!!

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  4. I LOVE all of this! :) So super duper para trooper fun and patriotic!

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  5. I love this. I am going to have to try to find the time to make my own version! Thanks.

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  6. This is so cute! What a clever idea for a 4th of July wreath!
    Jen

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  7. That is really original! come on over and see some reupholstery.

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  8. This is BEYOND CUTE! I LOVE it!

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  9. This is fabulous!! Cutest thing I've seen all day...besides my boy:-)

    New follower! and I'm pinning it!

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  10. WOW!! Lady, this absolutely rocks!! I love it!

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  11. This is sooo darling!! I saw you on CSI project!! I spray painted burlap for my wreath too:)
    http://justsewsassy.com/2011/06/17/patriotic-pinwheel-centerpiece/

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  12. whooaaaa!!! i love love LOVE! great wreath! :)

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  13. this is incredible! love it!!!!!

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  14. I love love love this wreath! It's one of those projects I so want to do, but wonder if I will ever get to it! lol Really....it's sweet.:)

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  15. This is so cute...I am going to give it a try. I would LOVE hanging this on my front door.

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  16. Wow....love this! I've been thinking I need to get me some Fourth decor and this is perfect inspiration. I think a trip to the fabric store is needed.

    I'm visiting from Serenity Now.

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  17. This is a beautiful patriotic project, Michele! I love the use of denim. Would you mind please adding a link back to me too? I love hosting the party links, but it helps grow my party when the linkers add a link back or party button to their posts. I appreciate it.

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  18. Oh my!!!!! This is gorgeous, you've inspired me to get creative with my Fourth decor.

    Visiting from Serenity Now!!

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  19. Cute! Very creative. I really like this!

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  20. I just love your wreath, I'm talking absolutely love it. I sent your link to my niece because she is sooo going to want to make one like it! Thanks for sharing at Serenity Now.

    Mary
    www.redo101.blogspot.com

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  21. I love this! I am going to give it a try!

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  22. These wreath is FABULOUS!!!!!!!!!!!

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  23. LOVING this wreath! Great job :)

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  24. So love your wreath! Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I'm visiting from Tidy Mom.
    xo
    Andee

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  25. Ahhhh (light bulb) I have been trying to decide what to do for a 4th of July wreath. This is exactly the inspiration I needed.

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  26. absolutely fabulous. great tutorial with easy directions. i'm such a fan of burlap, just love this. spotted ya at tater tots.

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  27. Such a clean and simple wreath! I love it! The buttons just give it such a nice bit of detail without getting fussy. Another great project!

    I linked up a 4th of July wreath at T&J too!

    http://web.me.com/cmvsanity/RedHeadedStepChild/Creativity/Entries/2011/6/24_Wreath_for_the_Fourth..html

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  28. What a creative idea! I’m so impressed with your spray painted burlap...it’s so much faster than trying to dye it like I did last winter! Thanks for the great tip!

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  29. Now this is worth the lack of sleep right? So stinkin cute I can't stand it. Love how you improvised and sprayed the burlap, genius.

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  30. this is my favorite patriotic wreath to date. so simple and pretty.

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  31. I think this is my favorite Americana Wreath EVER!

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  32. So awesome!! This is so creative and different!! Love the 3am idea!

    - Jenn @ Social Salutations

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  33. OH MY GOSH!! This is fabulous!!! WOW! :)

    Would LOVE for you to stop by and say hello! :)
    http://alililly.blogspot.com

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  34. Your wreath is beautiful! Thanks for helping my wreath obsession!

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  35. LOVE LOVE LOVE! The ruffles, the burlap, the denim and button "stars" GORGEOUS! And, I'm glad I'm not the only one who dreams I have something in my craft stash! haha

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  36. I wish you were selling these! I would buy one! This is one of my favorite wreaths ever.

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  37. This is amazing!!! I am visiting from Tatertots and Jello and I would love if you would link this up this weekend to my Delicately Constructed Fridays linky party!!
    Have a great weekend!
    Michelle
    www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

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  38. I featured your wreath on my blog today. Take a look.
    http://thehomelessfinch.blogspot.com/2011/06/fun-stuff-from-blogs-and-feature.html

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  39. LUV this wreath! Going on my "To Do" list! Linking up to your blog now! Thanks

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  40. I never thought to spray paint burlap. What a great idea! I featured your wreath on my blog today.

    http://everyday-is-a-celebration.blogspot.com/2011/06/4th-of-july-in-blog-land.html

    -Kelsey :)

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  41. First time to your blog to comment on your clever wreath. I think you hit this one out of the park and I plan on copying it ASAP! Thanks for sharing and now, I am going to see what other goodies are here, wink!

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  42. I love this so much! It is so adorable! i am your newest follower and would love it if you checked out my blog and became my newest follower!

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  43. This is so pretty! We'd love to see you over at the DimplePrints Monday Link Up www.dimpleprints.com

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  44. I love everything about this! Thanks for sharing :)

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  45. This is such a wonderful wreath! I'm not even American and I want to make this!

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  46. Wanted to let you know I featured this as part of my BFF link party wrap up! If you'd like, please grab a featured button from my sidebar!

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  47. I love this and the burlap is awesome.

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  48. I have a lot of burlap around and would have not thought to spray paint it! Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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  49. LOVE this wreath! I never would have thought to spray paint burlap...awesome! I just pinned your super cute wreath on Pinterest so I can make my own! Thanks for sharing!

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  50. the one of the best tutorial lately :) :)

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  51. Ijust want to let you know that I'll be featuring your wreath tomorrow on my blog... I love the ruffles.

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  52. AMAZING JOB!!

    Greetz from Germany

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  53. This is just so super cute.I love patriotic decorations and this is one I'll have to make.
    Jessica,
    http://thatgivesmeanidea.com

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  54. One word...AMAZING!! I absolutely LOVE this wreath!!

    Thanks for linking @'Sew Cute Tuesday'!

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  55. You combined two of my favorite things! Denim and burlap! Love it! Maybe next year I can make one!

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  56. Girl, you rock!! I featured your wreath on my blog today. Here is the link:

    http://www.oopseydaisyblog.com/2011/06/wednesdays-wowzers-4.html

    Thanks for inspiring!
    ~Alison

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  57. thanks for sharing @ catch as catch can!
    great wreath, super tute!
    catching you this week,
    gail

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  58. That turned out so cute!! Great idea and love the white buttons on it!

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  59. Thank you so much for linking up to Tuesday Confessional. You've been featured, so grab yourself a button and get your brag on! http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/06/stars-and-stripes-patriotic-tuesday.html
    ~Macy

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  60. WOW! This is fabulous! I just plain love it and thank you for the tutorial, I might just make the wreath for my door! Lots of hugs, FABBY

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  61. I've put together a round up of fun 4th of July projects on Craft Gossip today and included your post. :) You can see it here
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/6-fun-projects-for-the-4th-of-july/

    If you would like a Craft Gossip badge showing you've been featured, you can grab one here :)
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

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  62. Oh, forgot...I'm definately your newest follower! Hugs, FABBY

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  63. Oh my goodness, I love this!! You did an AWESOME job! Thanks so much for sharing this project! I'll be featuring you at http://coffeecupsandcrafts.blogspot.com/ this coming Friday as one of my Friday Features!! I'm your newest follower! Look forward to exploring your blog. :)

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  64. I absolutely love this!!! Great tutorial!! Stopping by from Sew Woodsy linky party.

    I am your newest follower on your blog and FB. Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com/2011/06/summer-pillows.html

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  65. Great wreath ... the buttons really top it off. Love it!

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  66. Amazing as always! I hope you'll link up this week!
    This week's linky party is open for one more day. http://singingthreelittlebirds.blogspot.com/2011/06/inspire-me-monday.html

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  67. LOVE THIS! Featuring it on my blog this week: How to Nest for Less (www.howtonestforless.com). Check in tomorrow to see it featured!

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  68. Darling! I'm featuring you tomorrow at naptimecrafters.blogspot.com

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  69. This is super cute too! Looks like it took some time but worth it. I actually have a wreath similar to this made out of wood that I bought at HL last year. Thanks for linking this up too.

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  70. Wow I LOVE your wreath girl! The buttons are so much fun. I pinned this and you might be on my pinterest loves of the week soon :) I found you through the House of Hepworths linky party and just had to stop by. I am your newest follower and cant wait to check more of your blog out. Come and visit me and say hi and please follow back :)

    A mommy's life...with a touch of YELLOW
    tyandwhitneyulrich.blogspot.com

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  71. I don't know how I missed this last weekend when I was checking out Catch as Catch can links, but I'm so glad Gail featured it because I love it! I'll be making one of these for sure, thanks for the tute!

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  72. Hi Michele! I featured your wreath today in my Friday I'm in Love favorites. Check it out!

    http://socialsalutations.blogspot.com/2011/07/friday-im-in-love-week-6.html

    - Jenn @ Social Salutations

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  73. Love it! :) Featured you today at http://coffeecupsandcrafts.blogspot.com/
    :) Have a great July 4th weekend. :)

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  74. Hi Michele!
    I featured you today! Come check it out! xoxo

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  75. Love this wreath. My favorite 4th of july wreath by far! I featured it on my blog, come grab a button when you get a chance.
    http://suburbsmama.blogspot.com/

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  76. Wow, like so many before me, this is the greatest Wreath! Everyone will have one on their door next year! I know I plan to do just that! Thanks

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  77. I HAVE to make this!!! So adorable! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  78. Hello There- You have been featured over at COM, thanks a bunch. winks-jen

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  79. Hi, friend! Happy 4th of July! Btw, I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)

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  80. I love this wreath! I featured it as one of the projects I wish I would have created for the 4th of July. Maybe next year...Although I'm sure you'll have something else by then that I'll want to make!

    http://thejunkhouse.blogspot.com/2011/07/happy-4th-of-july.html

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  81. As always you girls make awesome stuff! Thanks for linking up last week to Sew Woodsy! We hope you will join us again tomorrow! :)

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  82. Thank you so much for linking up to my Red, White and Blue Linky Party!

    www.itsybitsypaperblog.com

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  83. This is so pretty, you did a fantastic job! I found your through TT&J linkup. Happy New Year!

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  84. I love this!! Thanks for sharing!

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  85. LOVING this! It's just so fun and creative!

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  86. Just pinned your wreath - love it!

    Would love it if you would share it {or any of your creative projects} with my readers and post it on my web site - www.ohmy-creative.com

    Susan

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  87. I was just wondering how wide you cut your strips of burlap & denim (inch wise)? Thanks so much!

    April

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    1. Hi April! The length of the burlap was whatever came off of the original bolt. Probably ~36"? And the width of the strips was 2". :)

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  88. Can you give me an approximate yardage for the fabrics used? This is SO DARLING and I'd love to make one! :) Thanks so much!

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  89. Oh, Melz, you have hit my weak spot. I am not very good at estimating fabric yardage! I would say that two yards of burlap would be more than enough (1 of red and 1 of regular), and half a yard of the denim?

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  90. Unbelievably cute wreath. I'm pinning it and including it in a little collection of DIYs I put together... http://darlingadventures.com/?p=999

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  91. I pinned it ... then I made it! Thanks for the inspiration! Check mine out at designoriginalsbykc.blogspot.com

    Thanks! Kathi

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  92. Beautiful! I will make this one. Thanks for the idea! Migdalia

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  93. It is beautiful! I love it and plan to make one.

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  94. I just came to your blog today via Transformation Thursday. I'm enjoying perusing your projects. This wreath is super cool! It's good to know that you can spray paint burlap. That means I can have more color options than what may be available at the fabric store. Thanks for sharing!
    Blessings,
    Carrie
    http://fiveseventeenrepurposing.blogspot.com

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  95. Fell in love with this and finally made my own tonight. I'll be posting it on Monday.

    Thanks for the great idea!!

    -Leah

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    1. I would love to see it, Leah! I do hope you'll come back and leave a link. :)

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  96. Is there a certain width and legnth of the burlap and jean strips that were used?? Beautiful wreath, love it!

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    1. Thank you, Kylie! The width of the strips was approximately 2" and the length was however it came off of the bolt. About 36"?

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  97. Love it, going to try to make one for my mama, her bd is on the 4th, but call me crazy, but do you do long strips, or short strips,glue, then another short strip,I just can't seem to get it in my head..seems like doing several shorts strips would be easier but you said only 5 or 6 of each, so I think you did long ones,so did you leave a space and come back in with the white,, thanks for any help, crazy Debbie

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    1. I did long strips, Debbie. As long as I could with the materials I had. As I wrapped the wreath form in red, I left a gap between the rows so I could come back with the with.

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  98. I tried this the more I pulled the stitches on the burlap the bigger mess I had, I guess it is easlier than what I am making it to be,, I really do not like giving up on making things, but this getting the best of me.. what am I doing wrong. maybe I will do better with just strips of material instead of burlap.. going to start over tomorrow and see what I can do.. your is so pretty.

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    1. Be sure you leave about a 1/2 of burlap *above* where you are stitching. This will help prevent it from unraveling and making a big mess.

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    2. thanks , will try again, already done the blue, it looks good.

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