Friday, November 4, 2011

Burlap and Toile?

Amy, over at Whisperwood Cottage is hosting a "Burlap Week" challenge on her blog.  I have quite a stash of burlap in my fabric bins, and also yards of red and white toile I bought on clearance years ago, so here's what I came up with.

Throw in some red piping and it looks like Christmas to me!

Without measuring, I sewed a length of burlap together with the toile (right sides together), and sandwiched the piping in between.  I made 2 of these, folded the toile around to the back to create a cuff and ironed the strips flat as shown it the picture below.

 Next, I cut them into five 3 1/2" x 14" strips and layered them onto a rectangle of burlap.

To create the pockets, I stitched 4 vertical seams, evenly spaced, from top to bottom.

I stamped the numbers on with black ink.

I cut a rectangle of toile for the lining and sewed the front to the back, right sides together.  I  left an opening in the seam to turn it right side out.  I sewed 3 red and white gingham ribbons into the top seam, turned it right side out, pressed it, and tied the ribbons onto a bamboo purse handle. 

A little jingle blingy.

Here it is, my burlap and toile advent calendar.

Linked to:
French Country Cottage Feathered Nest Friday
Funky Junk Interiors Saturday Nite Special
The Brambleberry Cottage Time Travel Thursday
Creative Things Thursday The Vintage Farmhouse
The Charm of Home Home Sweet Home


  1. This is amazing! The burlap and toile are an amazing mix. The bamboo purse handle makes it absolute perfection! Love it, Vickie! Thanks so much for linking up at the WWC Burlap Week!

  2. This is darling! What will you fill the pockets with?


  3. It's your anonymous daughter ;0) Love it!!! I would love to make a giant one that I could hang in our dinin groom or living room + put little 'gifties' in leading up to Christmas? Difficulty level? I might buy some burlap today. Ok, maybe after Finley's b-day!!!

    Lovely Mom!

  4. Wow. Between you and Megan today, I have reached my creativity limit. ;) VERY cool! I want one. Yes, Megan. Little presents for the baby would be so cute!

  5. Vicki,
    Love the burlap and red toile, very Christmas! You are so clever and talented to be able to just put that together! Makes me wish I could sew, maybe I could if I could just figure out how to tread the dang machine! It really is gorgeous!
    PS. thanks for the sweet comment about my son!

  6. That is SO CUTE!!! Who knew burlap could look so fresh? That purse handle was a genius addition, too.

  7. I love it!!! I'm a sucker for burlap. :)

    I'd love for you to pop over to my blog if yo uget the chance! I'm your newest follower!

  8. This is adorable!!! You need to link this up to my Home Sweet Home party this week and I will feature it. Great advent calender.
    Lovely! Thanks for coming over. I am now following you too!

  9. AWESOME calendar!! I love love it! So I'm pinning it:D Thanks for sharing!

  10. What a cute idea! I love the pretty toile fabric. Now following your blog!

    All the best,
    Rachel :)


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