I don't know about you, but I cant seem to get enough of birds. And burlap. When I created these wool felt bird clips and wedding table markers, I immediately fell in love with them and decided that I had to see them on some burlap totes. Enter Jacquard Products Indigo Tie Dye kit, which I played with this past Saturday.
With plenty of dyed indigo scraps left over from my bird pillow project. I carefully tore some 2 1/2" thick strips from one of the fabrics to create "ribbons."
Now, lets move on to the burlap bag itself. I decided on the size of my tote, which is about 5" x 6" and added 1/2" for a seam allowance. Then I fused Lite Steam a Seam to a 4" x 5" rectangle of dyed indigo fabric and cut a 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" rectangle from that. Fuse the rectangle to the center of one of the burlap rectangles.
The bird itself was cut from my all time favorite Sizzix Die and BigShot machine. I cut it from white wool felt.
Now, embellish the bird with a stuffed wing, a pretty flower center, and a scrap of burlap. Don't forget to add a pebble bead eye.
Now its time to sew the front and back pieces of the bag together. Do this by turning the rights sides in and sew 1/2" from the edges. Steam the seams open with an iron on steam setting.
Use Aleenes Fabric Fusion to glue the knife pleated cuff to the top of the bag, covering the raw burlap edge. Cut pieces of knife pleated "ribbon" to lengths measuring approximately 6" and glue to the inside of the bag. Use a needle and thread, plus pretty flower centers to sew in place.
For a unique handle, cut a 1/2" dowel rod to 8." Use Neopaque by Jacquard Products in brown to paint the dowel.