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Tailgate Tuesday: Burlap Football Tutorial

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I didn’t get to blog last week because I’ve been beyond busy at work, but couldn’t let another Tuesday go by without a Tailgate Tuesday post. The Razorbacks haven’t exactly been at their best this season, but that hasn’t stopped us from tailgating in style.

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Today I’ve got a door hanger tutorial for the front door of every proper football fan.

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It seems like these burlap footballs are popping up everywhere these days. I’ve seen them at several local boutiques priced at something like $50. Always thrifty lazy, I decided to make my own for a few dollars.

Here’s what you’ll need:
-burlap (I bought a yard of brown burlap on a roll for $2 or $3)
-cheap acrylic craft paint
-puff paint

-stencil or printout of design or you could freehand your design
-paintbrush
-freezer paper
-scissors
-chalk
-spray starch
-plastic grocery bags
or poly fill to stuff the football
-ribbon if you want to make a bow, or wire if you want to use a wire hanger 
-hot glue gun or embroidery thread
-black quilting thread

1. Lay out the burlap in a double layer and draw a football shape with the chalk. You could download a stencil and trace it on, but I just made up the shape. Make sure your canine assistant sits right in the middle of the fabric, making it impossible to work with.

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2. Starch and iron the burlap to stiffen the fabric. Honestly, I don’t know that this did much, but I did several coats for good measure.

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3. When the burlap is starched, grab a t-shirt form or other piece of scrap cardboard to place underneath while painting.

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4. Draw the laces and other white sections with a piece of chalk and paint with the acrylic and puff paint.

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5. Add details with the puff paint when the white paint has dried.

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6. Print out your team mascot or whatever main design you’re using and trace onto freezer paper. Cut out the outline of your desired shape and iron onto the burlap.

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7. Fill in the freezer paper shape with paint. It will probably take several thin coats to achieve a bold enough color. Once dried, add details with puff paint.

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8. Attach the front and back pieces with a line of hot glue around the border. Leave several inches at the top open to stuff the shape.

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9. Stuff the shape with plastic grocery bags or preferred filling. I used plastic bags because they were free and won’t get damaged by the outdoor elements.

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10. Make a bow with ribbon. Cut a length of ribbon and glue the ends between both burlap pieces to use as a hanger. If using wire instead, attach it now.

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11. Finish gluing the top seam and attach the bow with hot glue.

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12. Now find a place to hang your burlap football and enjoy! Go Hogs!

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  • Stephanie September 26, 2012, 8:30 am

    This is super cute!! If I didn’t have a billion baby projects to finish…I would totally attempt one of these! Maybe next year ;)

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  • Jamie February 2, 2014, 9:08 pm

    This is fantastic!!!! Great job! love it

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  • McKenna Geoghegan April 14, 2014, 7:34 am

    Is there anyway I can pay you to make one of these for me? Except it be Marshall University? ( Kelly green, white, buffalo mascot)

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    • Jessi April 14, 2014, 4:16 pm

      Hi McKenna, I would love to make one for you. I typically charge $35 plus shipping (which isn’t too bad, they’re pretty light). If you’re interested, please send me an email at info@jessimakesthings.com

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