This week's challenge over at the CSI Project is to make something using a material I have never worked with before: burlap. My first thought was to take a pass on this one, but I just love a good challenge! So, in keeping with the Easter theme, here is my best first attempt at making a burlap Easter basket.
The first thing I did was soak a large piece of burlap in fabric stiffener and then cut it into strips.
Next, I glued some of the strips onto the bottom of a plastic plate that served as the base of the basket (lots of improvising went on during this process).
Once the strips were on, I flipped the plate over to start the weaving process. I know it looks kind of crazy at this point, still improvising...
I then started to weave the other burlap strips through the ones that were glued to the plate using the "over-under" approach.
I only needed to weave in 4 horizontal rows because the strips were pretty wide. Finally, I decided to make a little burlap bunny to embellish the basket.
And here is the final result...
The fabric stiffener was definitely the key to making this basket happen. I just love it when a great improvised plan comes together!
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