Monday, December 14, 2009

Pottery Barn Inspired Burlap Placemats

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What a fun project these turned out to be! My love affair with burlap continues and today I finished a set of placemats that were inspired by Pottery Barn. Numbering every thing is very big in the world of Pottery Barn and I can’t get enough of it! And I needed something to match my napkin rings that I ordered from their catalog a few weeks ago. These burlap placemats were just the thing.

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I made a set of 6 placemats and stenciled on the numbers by hand.

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These are an easy project but I have to warn you that I did have to pull out the sewing machine!

Step 1: I started out by cutting out the burlap. I used one of my old placemats as a pattern for the size. To make your life easier, leave your burlap folded so that you are cutting out your pieces 2 at a time. Do your best to get a neat and even rectangle.

Step 2: Sew two of your pieces together around the entire perimeter of your placemat. I sewed approximately 5/8 inch from the edge on all sides. Doubling up your burlap like this gives you placemat a nice weight and feel.

Step 3: Pull the threads on all four sides at the edges to get your fringed edge.

Step 4: I used my stencils to number each placemat and used a stencil brush and some black acrylic craft paint. I LOVE my new number stencils and ordered them from this website if you need a source: www.maisondestencils.com

Helpful hint: Use blue painters tape to secure your stencil to the burlap. I did not use it and one of the stencils moved and I smudged a wee bit of black ink on number 42. :( But, I will bet you didn’t even notice till I told you...right? :)

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These are fun and easy and I love how they turned out. Can you say homemade Christmas presents? :)

I am linking up to Jen’s Tater Tots and Jello for her Holly Bloggy Christmas Bash Party where on Monday handmade gifts will be featured. Stop by for some more ideas on handmade gifts for the holidays!

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And I am linking to Make It For Monday over at Cottage Instincts. Come and follow me over there!

I am also linking to Thrifty Thursday over at Tales from Bloggeritaville. Leigh has a beautiful hand crafted angel on top of her tree for you to see there along with all the other great Thrifty Finds and links. Pop over!!

37 comments:

Danielle and Clint said...

So adorable!

Lou Cinda said...

These looks GREAT!! I am such a fan of burlap and this is a wonderful idea!!

Lou Cinda :)

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

These look great, Lisa! I love how you matched your napkin holders! Thanks for sharing the resource for the stencils, too. I may look into getting some after the holidays ~ when I can go back to thinking about myself again! : )

MsAnnieBelle said...

gorgeous! i am in love with these. you are now my first stop in all things pottery barn for less :)

jenjen said...

Those placemats are just FAB! Love love love them!!!

Thanks for linking up -- you are so sweet!

XOOX
Jen

Stacey said...

Oh My Gosh! I have been lusting over those napkin rings and now you made it even better! I bet Pottery Barn will be copying you.

Carla said...

Oh, WOW, I love 'em!!! You did a fabulous job. I am definitely getting those stencils and outright "craft-lifting" the whole project from you.

Another project to add to my "cool-projects-to-do-after-Christmas" list.

Thanks so much for sharing!

Amy said...

Coming over from Jen's Party.. Those are really neat. I like them..

http://keepingupwiththeschultzfamily.blogspot.com/2009/12/holly-bloggy-christmas-bash.html

jennykate77 said...

You and Jen and your burlap!! They look so so pretty!!! Love the stenciled numbers...the black on the burlap looks great! Awesome gift idea.

Merry Christmas!♥

MsAnnieBelle said...

OH and btw- i commented at apartment therapy on a post about burlap for the holidays and linked your post there :)

here's the AT link - http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/sf/inspiration/inexpensive-holiday-decor-burlap-104085

Sarah said...

Beautiful!

sissie said...

I love your placemats. I'm so into the burlap thing. I've been making burlap pillows for my booth and loving them. The burlap, frenchy look thing is really in right now.
Good job.

Sheri said...

Very cute, very simple! I've posted a link on chldmade.com. Thanks for sharing!

Sweet Bee Cottage said...

Awesome idea! Very inspiring!

Cindy said...

Ayup. These are extremely awesome and I'd like you to please send them to me. :)

SO glad you linked to Mi4M!!!

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Nothing to say, but fantabulous!!!
Happy Holidays!
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

Anny said...

These look so professional and gorgeous! Nice job :D

Ally's Corner said...

Wow! They look great.

Kammy said...

Super cute !
Kammy

Destination Seaborn said...

Wow...those look awesome! You did a great job stenciling! Happy Holidays! ~Lisa

Kristin said...

Your blog is amazing - such creative ideas! It is nice to be inspired; thank you!

trish said...

Hey, just found your site and LOVE your projects! I'm going to try and do better at showing my goods in 2010! Enjoy your holidays and can't wait to visit again!

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Lettered Cottage said...

RADICAL! I'm linking to this post in this weeks Houzz article!

:-)

Layla

Madigan at madiganmade said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today and the sweet comments! I saw this project in your banner and it caught my attention. L-o-v-e this idea!

Heaven's Walk - said...

Love love love these, Lisa! Very French chic!!! What number & letter font did you use? :)

xoxo laurie

La Maison Reid said...

Better go through that box of old clothes headed for GoodWill! Never would have thought of that. Cute recycling idea!
xox
Nancy

La Maison Reid said...

Better go through that box of old clothes headed for GoodWill! Never would have thought of that. Cute recycling idea!
xox
Nancy

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

They are fabulous!!! I may have to make my own. But knowing how lazy I am, it probably won't happen. But I can dream.

MrsStingfish said...

awesome!! i want to make these for thanksgiving. where did you find the stencils?

Mz V said...

My heart palpitated when I saw your DARLING project! Thanks for sharing. Then, my heart STOPPED when I saw the price of the stencil. $35? For a stencil? Mon Deau. NOT a cheap project.....

ourdreamforeclosure said...

LOVE this! Where do you get burlap if you don't have any laying around?!

Tina said...

Thanks for sharing!! Well done!

vignette design said...

I'm all over this! Didn't realize that sewing two layers together would give the placemats more heft and weight. Great Christmas gifts! Thanks for the tutorial and source for the stencils. ~Delores

Slhunsucker said...

So...I am new to burlap. I have bought some and it sheds. Is there a trick to keep it from shedding???

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

Sorry but burlap does shed...a lot! It's very messy to work with but rewarding because it's inexpensive and the texture it gives a finished project is so great. Have a vacuum cleaner handy! Good luck!

Karen said...

I love these! They are so simple looking, yet they really make an impact. Beautiful.