Turkeys and Burlap

I am so excited, I finally got my sewing machine fixed. I had just messed with the settings so much that the whole thing was out of whack. But now it’s fixed. No more using the iron on tape to fuse stuff together for me. Nope, I can sew again.

Disclaimer – I can’t really sew. I can sew a straight line. I can make pillows. I have been known to make very simple curtains. I know enough to be able to make simple crafts. Just didn’t want you to think that I was going to be whipping up an evening gown or anything like that. Got to keep your expectations low enough.

So after I booted Otis off the burlap

I went to Hobby Lobby and found some muted vintage looking fabric

and made a ruffled burlap table runner.

I have seen so many of these being made out here in blogland, so I wanted to give it a try. Most people put these on their dining room tables, but I wanted something for my coffee table instead.

I put some of my vintage turkeys on the table since burlap and turkeys seem to go together. Both can be found in a barn.

This is the man turkey with three holes

and his wife with two holes.

I’m sure there’s a joke in there, but this is a PG rated blog. Besides, it’s November and you have to be nice to turkeys in November (until you chop their heads off).

Does anyone know the rule about which is the salt and which is the pepper? Is it three holes for salt and two for pepper or visa versa?

Oh well, until I get that mystery answered, I have a weird burlap tip for you.

Pull out a string from the place where you want to cut the burlap

and it makes a perfect guide to cut an extremely straight line.

Stop over at Colorado Lady’s place for Vintage Thingie Thursday and check out some other great vintage items. There’s always oodles of unique vintage goodies being shown.

And I would like to thank Stephanie Lynn at Under The Table and Dreaming for featuring my chair seat post. She has a wealth of creative ideas, so you should check her blog out if you haven’t been there yet.

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  1. says

    I love the runner!!! you are very talented!!!! can’t sew anything. Thanks for saying Thanksgiving-ish. I went and changed my post with that word! THat’s what I was trying to say but that word just wasn’t coming out!! lol!

  2. says

    Great table runner, the chintz goes great with the burlap! I’ve always put the salt in the shaker with 3 holes and the pepper in the one with 2.

  3. says

    I just came over from the Coloradolady and am so glad I did! I’ve seen these runners out there, too, but none of them really fit my decor. It didn’t even occur to me to change the ruffle to match my home (which yours does by the way). Your coffee tables cape is darling. Great post!
    Patricia :o)

  4. says

    Congrats on the runner and getting the sewing machine back. You did a great job!

    P.S. Since salt runs faster than pepper it usually has less holes (or smaller ones if the number is the same).

  5. says

    Otis looks so comfortable.
    Burlap goes with anything and I love the fabric you used. Thanks for the tip about pulling a string out, I will be using that one for sure. You’re so funny….I love the turkeys;-)

  6. says

    Pam I love stopping by for a visit…you make me giggle..and I love your burlap table runner..you sew really well..and I love how you have it displayed..thanks for the tip on the burlap too..I have heard it before..but do you think I can remember it.,;)give your kitty a love for me.;)

  7. says

    Seriously impressed and jealous at the same time, if that makes sense. I love burlap but just fudge at all my projects with it…your runner is so darn cute!

  8. says

    Love love love your table runner! I NEED one of these for my kitchen table!

    The turkey salt and pepper shakers are great! Though, I’m not sure either about the holes/which is salt which is pepper. When you find out, let me know! 😉

    Great tip for the cutting guide on the burlap! I’ll keep that in mind IF I ever get around to sewing again. My machine’s settings are out of whack.

  9. says

    Hi Pam!

    Your runner turned out great!

    Incidentally, I love your picture on the sidebar. I swear you look like you could be my sister.

    I am so excited about Sunday’s game. I haven’t felt like that since the Kardiac Kids years. :o) Have a great day! La

  10. says

    Long comment here..
    First, love that runner!!! Love the fabric you used, it is fabulous! Love how your coffee table looks!

    Second, I SEE YOUR PICTURE!!!!!! I was like “Pam!!!!” Good thing I am by myself, otherwise people might think me weird, ok, if the shoe fits, yeh yeh. You are younger than I imagined,(that is a compliment) and for some reason, I pictured you with dark hair, how wrong was I??? Lovely looking lady you are!

  11. says

    Erin and Lo – I had been agonizing about whether to post a photo or not and just decided to get over it and go ahead and post it.

    And Erin – thanks for the compliment! I was still getting carded for beer when I was 35 and I used to think it was a pain, but now looking younger is starting to pay off!

  12. says

    I love that runner! Looks great on your table under your Thanksgiving display. I thought the opposite about the shakers, that the one with less holes was for pepper because people generally want to shake on less pepper they do salt. Whatever the case, those turkeys look happy to be part of the seasonal table, safe from any carving!

  13. says

    Oh my! I have so much to say about this post…first, I have that exact same elongated bowl, and I love it! Second, I was wanting to make a table runner but didn’t think I could, but you’ve inspired me! Third, I filled up new salt/pepper shakers last weekend and had no clue which the salt went in, so it’s good to know I’m not alone!


  14. Annie says

    P. is correct. The three hole shaker is for salt; the two hole for pepper. I must have learned that eons ago because I don’t remember where or when. I like your rustic table runner!

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