How to Make a Burlap Sack

Burlap sacks are simple to make, and they lend a touch of country charm to any event. Make a large sack for holding things in your home or make small sacks to hold party favors. Sacks can hold potted plants outdoors or have a strap added to make into a purse or tote bag. Burlap sacks used to be common in the early 1950s because they held grocery items. Today, burlap can be purchased off the roll at most fabric or craft stores.

Things You'll Need

  • Burlap
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread


    • 1

      Cut the burlap to size. The piece should be 1 inch wider than your finished bag and two times as long. For example, if you want your finished sack to measure 12 inches wide by 24 inches high, cut your burlap 13 inches wide and 49 inches long.

    • 2

      Fold the burlap in half across the short direction so it is roughly the size of the finished bag. The burlap should have the right sides facing each other.

    • 3

      Pin the two sides together along the 24-inch side. Sew along the side with your sewing machine, using a 1/4-inch seam. Remove the pins as you come to them so you don't break your needle.

    • 4

      Fold down the top of the bag 1/2 inch. Pin it in place. Sew the top down 1/4 inch from the top of the fold. Sew around the entire top of the sack.

    • 5

      Turn the sack right side out before using.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make small sacks for party favors.
  • Burlap sacks are perfect for country or casual events.
  • Close the sack with twine or ribbon tied around the top.
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