7 Mar 2013

St Patricks Day Burlap Shamrock Bunting

Inspired by last weeks post, where I featured a paper shamrock bunting for St Patricks Day from Lolly Jane blog, I thought I would create a Burlap version.

Armed with Burlap, Potatoes, Paint and a Knife I set to work.

First I cut 14 rectangles of Burlap 15cm x 20cm. To do this quickly I folded the Burlap over 15cm wide four times, then using a rotary cuter, I cut off the folded edges then cut the long strips into 20cm lengths.

Then I folded over one 15cm edge 1cm then over again another 2 cm to create the sleeve to thread the hanging string through. I stitched this in place using a wide zigzag stitch.

I then also stitched around the whole perimeter of each rectangle about 1cm from the edge to prevent unwanted fraying.

Time for potato printing! Believe me, this was not as easy as I remembered from kindergarten! After several attempts at a shamrock carving, I gave up in frustration. My husband tried to diffuse my frustration by carving me a heart, little did he know that his peace offering was actually exactly what I needed. I used the heart stamp four times to make a shamrock. Take it from me carving one heart shape in the potato is far easy than one whole shamrock - but it's your choice which way you go. I just used a green acrylic paint as I don't plan on ever washing the Bunting.

Once the paint was dry I then removed threads outside this 1cm edge stitch to create the frayed edges.

It was a perfect excuse to use my new linen string. I was given the most beautiful linen string on a spinning dispenser this Christmas, and this was the perfect project to christen it! If you don't have linen string, don't worry you can just use normal jute string instead. 

I used a really big needle with a wide eye (hole that you put the thread through) to thread the string through easy rectangle.

And that's it - a really cost effective and simple to make St Patricks Day Bunting.

How are you decorating at your house for St Patricks Day - please share with us.

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