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Every now and then we get a grocery item like rice, coffee or sugar in a big jute burlap bag or commonly known as gunnysacks. Once we empty the food item out of this burlap bag, we usually don't know what to do with it. We can actually use this material to make multiple other products, like an upcycled burlap bag ottoman. With just one bag and minimal stitching, the below project will show you how to make your very own burlap ottoman.  

Materials:

  • One standard 28" x 40" used Rice/Coffee Bean Bag.
  • Large-Eye Needle , and Thick yarn or Jute Twine.
  • Optional:  Colourful embroidery threads to make tassels.
  • Scissors, and some kind of tape measure.

 

Step 1:

Remove the stitches from the bottom and the side of the bag. Now it opens up to a sheet of 56″x40″. 

The strings can be saved for some stitching later!

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Step 2:

Cut the bag in half along the 40″ length and in equal 3 parts along the 56″ side.

Now we have 6 pieces, each measures about 20″ x 18.5″. Iron 4 of the 6 pieces into 17.5″ x 17.5″ squares by folding over the four edges.

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The other 2 pieces we will make them into 17.5″ x 19″. The extra length will be at the opening where we stuff the ottoman and fold over at the bottom. They also allow room for attaching Velcro if you prefer.

Step 3:

Stitch! Below are the steps to make the stitches. It did not take too long since this type of stitching goes quite fast! Of course, it’s super helpful sitting in a beautiful garden or on the beach while you do it!

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If you used up the strings while stitching, you can easily add more strings by making a knot. Stitch all sides except for the side where we left extra length. Leave it open for stuffing.

Step 4:

Never too many tassels, right? 

Cut the thread bundles (Here are two colours combined in each little bundle) to desired length, and tied with a knot in the middle. Wrap and tie some threads at the base of the knot, and it's done.

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Step 5:

Stuff it with out-of-season clothing, blankets, etc. Remember in Step 2 we had 2 pieces with extra length: 17.5″ x 19″? This is where they would meet. You can add Velcro to close the opening, or the extra burlap can be folded under the bottom of the stuffed ottoman.

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The finished ottoman is about 17″ to 18″ high, perfect height for seating or as a side table.And it can be folded when not in use!

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This article was originally published on A piece of rainbow. 

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