This project was sew simple! Here's what to do: cut a length of burlap to coordinate with the length of the window to be decorated. Create a hem at the top of the burlap panel by folding a 3” width (your hem can be whatever width your heart desires) to the backside of the fabric and sewing with a zigzag stitch. I set my zigzag stitch width to 7.0 and length to 1.0. Next, to prevent the entire panel from unraveling over time you will need to either: create another hem at the bottom of the panel, the same way as you did for the top. Or, do as I did, and simply create a zigzag stitch about 2” from the bottom of your panel (no hemming) – this will allow the bottom to fray, but only to the point of the stitch line…I think the frayed bottom will look nice!
Here is what your panel should look like after completing these oh, sew simple steps!
Simply pick a starting point at the top of the panel, line up the center of your sewing foot with a strand of burlap, and ‘drive’ the foot along that strand until you reach the end. Measure 8” (you can do whatever spacing you would like, and it doesn’t even have to be uniform) down from that line and repeat.
Oh! And I almost forgot, I ended up discovering a pretty helpful tip when working with burlap…or any other shifty fabric for that matter…the burlap kept slipping, falling and bunching as I was trying to sew, and as I thought to myself, ‘geez, it sure would be great to have some sort of clip to keep everything from acting all crazy!’ it dawned on me: potato chips! I ended up making a beeline for the pantry to grab the clips we use to close our potato chip bags – viola! Problem solved.