A Handmade Christmas - Project 1 - Burlap Runner
This was a very simple inexpensive project that took me about an hour to complete. Here is how I made it.
Buy or find some burlap. I actually bought this piece from Goodwill. I ALWAYS check out the fabric at thrift stores. This piece still had the store tags on. The whole piece was $1.99. I have enough to do several projects.
Decide on the width of your runner. Cut it at least 2 inches larger on all sides. Then start to fringe it by pulling apart the weave. Don't throw those strings away, even Winter birds like to use this for their nests. :)
I wanted to do holly leaves, so I made a paper template and traced it on different color felt. Cut them out and lay out your design.
Thread a darning needle with yarn and stitch the holly on with a simple running stitch.
I added a button for the holly berry.
I thought it needed something, so I ran a running stitch along the edge of the runner. Your stitches don't have to be perfect, that's the beauty of homemade!
And there it is. I like it. This could be for your home or as a gift for someone. The whole runner was less than $1. The fabric stores have many different colors of burlap. I could see a blue one with snowmen, a green one with cardinals, tan one with fall leaves....so many possibilities.
Good luck and happy crafting. Remember Christmas isn't about gifts, rather giving....
Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.