B is for Burlap and Bananas. . .


As I was sitting on my sofa sipping on a banana strawberry smoothie I glanced up at my burlap curtains.  Yes, I’m a naughty girl who doesn’t sit up to the table.

Suddenly, a thought came to my mind:  “I don’t know which I like best, burlap or bananas.”

As a young girl, bananas were always my favorite fruit.  Now I love all fruit!


I loved these curtains from the first time I saw them in the store.  I love them even more now that they hang from my family room windows.


I love how they don’t totally block out the view and the sun.  They just give my room a warmer cottagey feel.   I also love how they drape on the floor.


Burlap is so universal.  There’s so much you can do with it.

You can hang it from a curtain rod.


I did this in my bedroom.

You can cover a box with it. . .


I actually bought this one at Ross for $21.99.  Didn’t think that was a bad price.

You can cover a pot with it.


I fell in love with this pre-made burlap bag I found at Sun River  Nursery for $3.  It would be easy enough to make.

You can tie it to almost anything.

A wreath:


Or maybe even two.

How about a lampshade?


Or just a sweet little pumpkin?


You can also wrap a wreath form with it.  My hairdresser, Shalona made this one. Any of you local people that read my blog, she will be having a boutique at her salon, “The Emporium” located on A.F. Main St. this Fri. and Sat.


You can throw it on a table as a tablecloth. I used a rusty/red burlap cloth for my Thanksgiving décor.


You can even make a turkey out of it.


I made this fella years ago.  Before burlap was cool. lol!  He’s so funny that I have to keep him.  He’s hanging out on my front porch.

And last of all, you can make pillows out of it.

Last Christmas I made pillows for my family room sofa and loveseat.  I made them to cover my existing pillows so they are easy to store.

Pic is a bit blurry.


These pillows cost very little to make.  I bought the burlap at Walmart for next to nothing.  Using materials you have to embellish them makes them almost cost free. 


I used antique laces and jewelry to embellish them.  If you’d like to see more, go here:http://jannolson.blogspot.com/2010/12/pillow-talk.html

I know that there is a lot more that you can do with burlap.  I’d love to hear what you’ve been doing with it lately.

Have fun eating bananas and decorating with bulap1


I will be linking this post with:

Ginger Snap Crafts for Wow Us Wednesday

Jenny for Alpha Thursday and the letter B.  For more fun B words go visit Miss Jenny

Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday

At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday

Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday


Denise said...

I now have to start treasure hunting for decor with a little burlap.You girls that blog about it have got my curiosity going so much I know that's the next bit I'll add to my cottage.Wonderful ideas-Thank you,come visit my blog any time. Denise

Whittron said...

I once biked 21 miles wearing burlap! It's very hip!

Kris said...

Oh how I love the smocking on those burlap curtains!!! Burlap is awfully fun. I love the simplicity of it!
Have a lovely day Jann!

Tina´s PicStory said...

nice b-pics :)

EG CameraGirl said...

You make burlap look quite elegant!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Jann...

Oooh...I love, love, LOVE your beautiful burlap curtains, my friend! The smocking across the top is just heavenly! They look lovely in your living room! Loved all of the photos and projects that one can do with burlap...very inspirational! Thank you for sharing them with us!

Warmest autumn wishes,

Diane said...

LOVE it all! I have a lace-trimmed burlap table runner on my dining room table that I did not make myself because I don't sew. I recently ordered it from etsy. I actually just posted a pic of it in my Alphabe-Thursday post! :)

My name is Riet said...

OH that looks great. Love it. Great b words

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

I love burlap also. It just adds the right touch of rustic....

Betty said...

I like burlap, but I had no idea there were so many uses for it! Very creative.

Maxwell Mead Williams Robinson Barry said...

love both of your B words.

elegant shots.

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Jann,

Love those burlap curtains with that sweet smocking...All of your burlap accents are just perfect. I agree, those little pulls string bags would be perfect for gift bags!
Have a great week!
All the Best,

Annesphamily said...

Great B post! My hubby loves the smell of burlap and I have a piece that I need to do something with! Now I have ideas! Thanks and come visit soon.

Vicki/Jake said...

Ok, I'm gonna stalk you and steal them curtains!! And all that other cutie burlap stuff. Then turn around and take your last bananna too! See what happens when you sell aprons to me...mwahahahaaa:)

Lola said...

Love the post – great pics & ideas!

And thanks too for stopping by.

Have a great weekend & look forward to *seeing* you again soon.

Mrs. Kelley Dibble said...

Bbbburlap's bbbb-cheap, too! Huh?! Cute post!

Karen S. said...

Oh my I like how you took an ordinary old kind of material and gave it so much class and beauty!

Unknown said...

I would have never thought burlap would make great curtains. It so does. Your curtains are so pretty.

Pat said...

Really like how your burlap on the windows turned out...it gives just the right feel!

Susan Anderson said...

Who knew? Burlap is way cooler than I realized.

Love the curtains, especially!


Tracy said...

I would love some Burlap wonder if I can buy in UK

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

oh wow... have never seen smocked burlap curtains. Look out! you've started a new trend...I betcha!

I love all the little touches of burlap you've shown...such a versatile fabric.

Linda said...

I love those curtains...the smocking is wonderful...burlap is a wonder fabric...I agree...it makes easy fast table runners too!

camp and cottage living said...

You've definitely done the burlap market proud!
I've never seen so many uses for burlap. I, too,
love your curtains and especially the tucking at the top.
Thank you again for the apron. I did model it on my blog today. I received a lot of compliments, of course!!

Honey at 2805 said...

Burlap works for every season doesn't it? Thanks for sharing your projects at Potpourri Friday!

Kris said...

Jann, HOW. OH HOW...did I miss the part of your recent post where you listed the winners of the apron???? I read that post! I commented on that post? Did you add the winners later? I must have just missed it at the bottom! But Woo Hoo for me!!! I am so excited!!!
And thank you too, for your sweet words! We blogging gals do have a lot of fun, don't we?

Veronica said...

wow is burlap style here!! Love that turkey to bits..its just too cute for words!!

Tassels Twigs and Tastebuds

Pondside said...

Well done!
I love your family room curtains - I've never seen anything quite like them.

Nicole said...

You are so creative! I love all the burlap... makes me wonder what I can do in my house with it, the brown color would go well with our decor. I especially like the idea of covering a wreath form- it gives it a lovely natural look. Hmm... thinking... :)

anitamombanita said...

I'll take the burlap over the bananas! We have some fun pillows made of burlap...it's so plain that there are no limits to what you can do to dress it up.

I missed the posting deadline for Alphabe-Thursday this week...feel free to stop by, tho... :)

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

I love those curtains too. Burlap is a great fabric!

Jenny said...

What a lovely post!

Those curtains are glorious! I like how they filter in warm light.

You are really excellent at decorating. You have such charming touches everywhere that make your house so homey.

Thanks for linking this beautiful post to the letter B.


Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

So lovely~ I love burlap and linen too~ thanks so much for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!