Home taste is in a (jute shipping) bag

January 20, 2016 - garden totes

By this time, a holiday ornaments are put divided or are during slightest en track to their yearly hibernation spot. To shake off a winter and post-holiday blues, route your courtesy to adding something new to your home’s decor.

While we sip coffee and brainstorm about what we can do to spiff adult your decidedly un-festive vital room, demeanour no offer than your coffee beans for inspiration.

A lot of times coffee is alien in jute bags. Yes, your morning go-juice mostly comes from coffee beans that are shipped in vast woven sacks like a ones that we used to bound inside and competition around in as a kid.

The sacks are done of jute, sisal or burlap and infrequently have impending geographical start information or singular motifs hammered into a textile. Sometimes a bags have minimal monotone inks and some have elaborate pattern indicating where a beans or rural products were harvested.

Upcycle these bags into your home’s interiors by regulating their woven, neutral textiles in firewood totes, cafeteria screen panels, dais upholstery, appendage pillows or photo-book covers.

To illustrate how to work a bags into your home’s decor, here’s how to make them into tablecloths, runners and even slipcovers for ottomans and footstools.

Finding a right material

You can locate selected jute sacks on a Internet (try www.coffeebags.com) or in antique shops or in craft, fabric and hobby shops.

Amazon.com and other vendors sell coffee shipping bags in lots, yet it’s also easy to find them individually.

“We have carried these jute or burlap sacks in a store from time to time,” says Shelli Stone of Crazy Daisy Gardens in Argyle, that also has an Etsy shop. “It varies a bit on a finds. We always accept good feedback on them, so they don’t always stay long.”

The Online Fabric Store (www.onlinefabricstore.net) has coffee bags, yet also it carries a accumulation of cattle feed sacks and potato bags. Some are facsimile bags.

Flour and French pellet sacks also make pleasing home accessories and can be used in a same ways as jute.

I found a accumulate of colorful coffee bags during a feed store while on a highway trip. The bags tend to be roughly 2  1/2 feet far-reaching by 3 1/2 feet long, yet they can vary.

Attractive options can be found for underneath $10, that creates them really affordable to use for decorating.

Using jute

Making slipcovers for ottomans and footstools is a quick approach to give something tiny a new look. Integrating a tiny jute can give a room a infrequent feel. The hardiness of a pouch element is ideal for putting your feet on, too.

If we like to sew, there are many tractable patterns in fabric stores and video tutorials for ottoman slipcovers online. Use a zig-zag or elaboration tack since a fabric is woven and loose, as against to a true stitch.

If we wish to try a no-sew choice for covering an ottoman or footstool, here are some guidelines.


▪ Jute (You will need adequate jute or burlap element or jute sacks to upholster a tip and sides of a ottoman, and dual inches for hemming a unprepared edges regulating prohibited glue.)

▪ Sturdy, pointy scissors

▪ Hot glue gun and glue sticks

▪ Light-duty tack gun

▪ Straight pins

▪ Measuring tape

▪ Trim (gimp, ribbon, lace, a leather woven belt or trim, thick wire or fancier trims with crystals)

▪ Tailor Fray Block or Sprayway’s No-Fray Spray (optional)


If we are good during creation ideal corners on a gift-wrapped box, this is going to be a block of cake.

Step 1: Find a elementary block or rectilinear footstool or ottoman. They uncover adult during preservation and antique stores. You wish something with elementary lines and, ideally, something that we can upholster yet stealing a aged fabric, that will offer as additional padding.

Step 2: Collect jute bags or jute material. If we are regulating a sack, cut down a sides to open it adult so that it is one large, prosaic piece. Cut off and save any additional trim, edging, wire or singular edges from a sack. You competence have adequate of a jute bag’s trim to use on this plan or we can save it for present hang or another project.

Step 3: With a measuring tape, magnitude a tip block (square or rectangle) of a ottoman and cause in a partial that would be upholstered to a sides. Add about 2 inches more, so that we can overlay a dilemma underneath and glue it down to a edge.

Step 4: Cut a volume indispensable out of jute. If we are operative with a settlement that we like, make certain it is centered where we wish it to be on a ottoman. (Measure so that this picture or lettering is centered.) Cut it out.

Step 5: Pin a block onto a ottoman or footstool with elementary true pins in a core of a design, on a tip of a block of furniture. Eyeball it again, creation certain a pattern is where we wish it.

Step 6: Heat a glue gun and start to work with a corners of your ottoman like we are jacket a gift, creation any dilemma folded down as orderly as we can. Use prohibited glue to hitch it to a seat piece. Use a few drops of prohibited glue to baste a jute to a ottoman or footstool. It will be prohibited and can trickle through, so use a throw block of jute to peck any crawl of prohibited glue so a glue dries flat. (The prohibited glue temporarily binds a block in place, yet staples will close down a design.)

Step 7: Go around a hot-glued seams with light-duty upholstery staples to secure a fabric to a block of furniture. Don’t worry about a staples or glue showing, since a trim will cover it.

Step 8: You can use elementary trims or some-more exuberant trims with jute. Anything goes. Hot glue a trim to cover a stapled dilemma and cut off excess.

Optional “skirt”

Some ottomans competence need a longer dress to cover antiquated legs or comparison materials. If we wish to supplement one, before a final step, supplement 4 folded squares of jute totalled to fit on all sides of a ottoman. Hem any dilemma regulating prohibited glue and mist edges with a no-fray mist or jelly like Tailor Fray Block or Sprayway’s No-Fray Spray.

Cover a outward dilemma where a tip meets a dress with trim. Make certain it is far-reaching adequate to cover a staples and a join where a tip and dress meet.

Jute served on a table

A quicker plan to supplement some “jute cute” to your tabletop is to make a curtain with singular circumference or trim. To make a tiny tablecloth yet sewing, find a jute bag vast adequate to cover a table. You can mix dual bags, though, if necessary. You can also use jute by a yard from a fabric store.

Measure a list tip and supplement a volume that we wish a curtain to hang over a dilemma of a table. Then, prohibited glue trim to cover a tender edges and forestall fraying.

You can tack or hot-glue several jute pouch lengths together to make any distance tablecloth or runner. Cover any seams with a prosaic tapelike trim in a same tone of a jute to minimize transitions.

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