I recently repurposed an old toolbox into a bench seat and used hessian for the seat cover. We were left with some offcuts of hessian and decided to play around with some ideas. Here are the fruits of my labour.
But firstly, for those who don’t know what Hessian (also known as burlap) is, it’s a dense woven fabric made from the same plant material and fibres used to make things like ropes and nets. It is eco friendly and you’ll see it around town in all its repurposed glory as things like bags and rugs.
Your local green grocer probably uses hessian sacks for transporting produce to the store as it is a very breathable and hardy material. I picked up this hessian sack from our local green grocer for $4, which makes it a really inexpensive item for multiple craft projects. Your local cafe may also have some coffee bean sacks that they’d be happy to part with so have a chat to your barista.
When cut into smaller pieces it does tend to fray, so I simple dipped the cut edges in craft glue and left them to dry. What I was left with were very manageable pieces that could be turned into some cute little items.
They work great as napkin holders. Just cut a strip out, make it fray-free and then sew the two ends together with a button as an embellishment.
I’ve made no secret about how much I love succulents in our indoor and outdoor spaces but they also make great gifts. Place some bright and contrasting tissue paper down and the pot plant in the middle. Pull up the corners of the tussie paper and wrap with hessian. Overlap the hessian and fold some down like a sock. Then simply tie it all together with some string and you have a decorative and very eco-friendly pot plant cover that makes for a fantastic gift.
Cut out a label sized piece and glue the edges again to stop fraying. Once dry, just weave a bit of yarn through a piece of the tag and write on it with a marker pen. You also could just stick down to a surface with some double sided tape.
Here I’ve repurposed an old jam jar to store some dried bay leaves and the hessian label is perfect! I’ll be using these handy labels for our recycled jar kitchen cluster. You could also use them with some brown paper and string as charming gift tags on presents.
One of my local cafes hangs whole coffee bean sacks on a wall above their lounge area as a feature.They use a variety of coffee beans from around the world, so I think the different selction looks great. What an a eco and repurposed alternative to wallpaper.
So I encourage all you crafty H&Ders out there to consider hessian for your next label, gift tag, pot plant cover… it’s such a versatile and inexpensive material!