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10 Jute Cloth Craft Ideas

 

Jute cloth is used in different types of arts and crafts projects to give off a rustic look and feel. Whether you’re using a small piece of it or using it for the majority of your project, it really adds beauty and creates a rustic, countryside feel. Jute is widely available, and you can use this material in different DIY crafting projects you want to make while you’re stuck at home. It can also offer you and your kids some bonding activity, when you make crafting projects together.

What is Jute?

You may not realize it, but jute is actually one of the most common fabrics around, second to cotton. Jute is the name of the plant that has a long, soft, and shiny vegetable fiber spun into strong, coarse trends. This plant is used to make different kinds of fabrics like burlap, hessian, and gunny.

The fibers in jute are primarily composed of cellulose and lignin. It falls into the category of bast fiber, or fiber collected from the bast (phloem of the plant), along with flax (linen), industrial hemp, kenaf, ramie, roselle, and more.

Raw jute is the industrial term for jute fiber, and these fibers are off-white to brown. This is the fiber that is manufactured into burlap, hessian, or gunny. Jute material is rougher and scratchier, compared to traditionally used fabrics like cotton and polyester. Since it’s made of plant fibers, this material is prone to shedding. It’s not suitable to use for machine washing or being dried in a drier, for this will destroy the material. Jute has a distinct earthy scent and comes with naturally-occurring blemishes and imperfections.

Craft Ideas with Jute

Jute fabric is commonly found in different household furnishings, like rugs and table runners. It has become a trendy craft material because it’s a fun material to work with and it brings a unique rustic element to your design aesthetic. Here are some of the craft ideas to create with jute:

Table runner with tassels

Jute makes a pretty and simple table runner. Picking burlap as a table runner is quick and budget-friendly, plus it’s the perfect material to use as an accessory to achieve a rustic, cottage, or farmhouse look on your dining table. You can make your own table runner using burlap fabric, or opt for the simpler task – get a burlap runner and add some fringes to it for design and variety.

What you need:

Procedure:

  1. Decide on the length of your table runner. Cut the burlap to your desired length, but add four inches.
  2. Straighten the ends of the runner. While keeping your measurement in mind, pull a thread from each end of the burlap, forming a channel. The distance between the channels must be equal to the length of your runner.
  3. Use the channels as a guide to evenly cut the ends of the burlap.
  4. Pull some threads from each end until you get a fringe of about six inches long.
  5. Make knots as close as possible to the body of the runner. Use 7-8 strings per knot. Since you are doing this by hand, don’t get frustrated if the knots aren’t perfect.
  6. Iron the runner and place it on your table.

No-sew jute handbag

If you have many jute fabrics at your place, transform them into adorable bags. You don’t always need to stitch, especially if you’ll be using it as a gift packaging for someone’s birthday or for giving a token for somebody.

What you need:

Procedure:

  1. Cut a jute cloth measuring 8 x 19 inches. With equal distances from both ends, draw lines that form a gap of three inches.
  2. Fold the jute cloth at the pencil-marked portions.
  3. On both ends of the jute cloth, make a marking of around one inch. Again, firmly fold both the ends at the inch marking, and glue the ends well into the inner side. This will be the body of your jute bag.
  4. Get your colored jute cloth and cut two 5” x 8” pieces. Take a measurement of one inch at both sides and stick them using glue.
  5. Take one of the colored jute cloth strip and place a cut on the ends of the folded sides. Apply glue on the inner side and stick the jute bag’s side on it.
  6. Place glue on the sides of the strip, and stick it to the inner part of the jute bag. Stick the remaining sides of the jute strip, forming the side of the jute bag.
  7. Take the jute cloth strip and stick it to the opposite side of the jute bag.
  8. Now, let’s create the handle of the jute bag. Cut two ropes with the same length.
  9. Stick the ropes on the jute bags using a needle and thread.
  10. Decorate the jute bag by using the white lace. Stick it at the bottom using glue.

Jute-wrapped vase

A vase with fresh flowers is always a welcome centerpiece at home. It livens up the room, brightens the décor, and gives off fresh and fragrant scent that’s all natural. Add a twist by wrapping a clear vase with jute to add texture and sense of nature into your home.

What you need:

Procedure: 

  1. Measure the circumference of your glass vase and its height. Add approximately ¾” to these measurements.
  2. Cut out a rectangle on the burlap cloth that will act as a cover for your vase. You may want to cover the vase entirely, or choose to cover just a portion so you can easily check the water in your vase.
  3. Fold over a ¾” border and sew. Feel free to use pins, or use an iron to flatten your folds to make it easier to sew together.
  4. Sew a strip of Velcro on your finished rectangle. Flip the fabric over and sew it onto the opposite side at the other end. Make sure the two Velcro pieces will join and hold the burlap fabric unto your vase.
  5. Determine what you want your vase to say. Choose a design that you want to print out on the burlap fabric, or if you’re creative, make a layout of a design or word print on your own.
  6. Take a sheet of a fabric transfer paper and print your image. Make sure the image is reversed when printed. Cut out your image and iron it on the burlap fabric.
  7. Attach the burlap cover to the vase with Velcro. This cover can be removed anytime if you need to wash it.

Jute cloth shopping bag

Jute is a sustainable, eco-friendly bag material – it’s easy to produce and the fibers are 100% biodegradable. It’s the material to pick if you want to help save the planet. To lessen plastic wastes, try to make your own tote bag using jute. It’s fun, plus you get to practice your sewing skills!

What you need:

Procedure:

  1. Measure and cut the base of your tote. Decide on its length and width and base your future measurements on it accordingly. For instance, if you want your base to be around 10 x 30 centimeters, add in a centimeter or so of hem on each side. With this measurement, you must cut a rectangle of about 12 x 32 cm.
  2. Cut rectangles with the above measurement on the interfacing, burlap cloth, and calico. It’s best to cut the first rectangle out of the interfacing, then trace the cutout onto the burlap and calico. The interfacing will be used as a base to give a bit more structure to the bag.
  3. Lay the three triangles so you’d have calico on top, the interfacing in the middle, and burlap on the bottom or the outer side. Pin and sew them together on all four edges.
  4. Measure out the two sides of the tote bag. The sides must be according to the length of your rectangular base, plus an extra 10 centimeters to allow the sides to wrap around the base. So if you followed the measurements above, you have to cut two burlap rectangles of around 40 centimeters, then add two centimeters for the hem. Decide on the height of the bag.
  5. Pin one of the burlap cutouts to the long edge of the base, so that the burlap of the base is on top of the burlap side piece. Make sure that the base sits exactly in the middle of the burlap side piece when pinning. Make sure you have extra burlap fabric on either side.
  6. Sew these pieces together, then sew the extra burlap along the shorter sides of the base. The burlap side must reach just about halfway across the short side of the base.
  7. Repeat using the other burlap cutout to make the other side. The two burlap pieces must be sewn to the whole perimeter of the base.
  8. Pin the two burlap sides that meet together, and sew these to hem up the side of the bag.
  9. Fold the top edge of the bag, and sew to hem.
  10. Turn the tote bag right way in, then iron the edges that seems flat. Iron the corner edges as well to form the shape of the bag.
  11. Now, it’s time to create the handles. Cut two pieces of burlap around 70 x 6 cm. Fold these pieces in half lengthwise. Pin and sew. You may want to use a sewing machine for a more precise sew. You may turn them inside out to hide the seams, but if you like the raw edges, leave it like that.
  12. Position the ends of the handles where you’d want them to sit along the top of your bag. Make sure it’s placed in the inner side of the bag. Pin and sew it in place.

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