Thursday, October 4, 2012

31 Days of Halloween - Burlap Runner

Today I'm showing you the cutest little burlap runner you've ever seen.  Also, it's spooky.  It's spooky and cute, two of my favorite things.

I found the idea at the Polka Dot Chair blog... I know what you're thinking, but her blog is about more than polka dot chairs.  At any rate, she had a great little post about a runner for halloween using burlap and I hopped on it like a frog on a lily pad.

Go buy some burlap... IT'S REALLY CHEAP.  I didn't know how cheap it was before doing this project.  I had never used burlap before now.  You can go ahead and weep for my misspent crafting youth.  At any rate, I bought a yard of burlap, which was enough to fit my redone side table.  I also bought some black fuzzy trim for the ends, also super cheap.  I cut the burlap to the width I wanted, adding an inch or so to each side for good measure.  I ironed it and got to work.

I used my Silhouette to cut out some stencil shapes onto freezer paper.  Freezer paper is a miracle of crafting... cut out a stencil on it, iron it to your fabric shiny side down, and it stays until you take it off.  AMAZING.  For my spooky stencil, I found a graveyard shape and made it happen.

Once I did that, I used acrylic paint on the stenciled burlap.  I used a piece of cardboard underneath because burlap is all hole-y.

Watch the miracle as I take off the freezer paper...

Did you hear angels singing?  'Cause they did.

I did the same stencil on the other side for symmetry... symmetry is very important.  And I added some bats all over the place 'cause they're spooky too.

Once I had all my stenciling done, I added some lining to the back.  I used a cheap sheet from Goodwill and used heat bond to attach it.  I also hemmed the sides with the heat bond.  Simple.  The last part was adding the trim to the ends, which I did with some hot glue... NO SEWING ON THIS PROJECT AT ALL.

And then, just as quickly as it started, it was done.

I love it.... so simple and so cute.  It's perfect for my little table!
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  1. I love this! I love the bats, the graveyard the black no sew edges. Impressive!

  2. That is excellent - I love the bats and the trim! Where can you buy burlap? At a fabric store?

  3. I'm a fabric store employee, and cutting burlap makes my skin crawl (Yes, Karen Cooper, you can get burlap at most fabric stores). I usually HATE the idea of burlap as decor, but THIS is really cute. If I decorated for holidays, I would totally be making this!

  4. Love this concept and how it turned out! I must invest in some freezer paper!

  5. So cute! I love the bats and always love a good burlap projects. If you get a chance I would love for you to come link up to my Halloween Edition Pin Party. It's open all month:)

  6. This is the very best project ever! I love the graveyard and the bats and the black trim. Your runner is such a great holiday runner. You have the most wonderful ideas.

  7. I love your stencil idea and the trim! So creative and fun!!


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