I am an idea thief.  It's true.  I have a real internet-stalker, etsy-peruser, creative-property theft issue.  So when I saw this idea on etsy by nursejeanneg and then just a day later my friend Anna Reid needed an idea for a wedding gift - I was sold.  I had to do it right then.  Especially since Mount Saint Laundry was piling up in my bedroom waiting for me to fold it, and I was for sure trying to avoid that.  Do you ever do that?  Look on the internet and think "I can totally make that" and then think "and I have to do that right this second so I can avoid dealing with this gross pot of old hamburger grease that's been sitting on the counter for two days"?  No?  Just me?  Oh, ok.  Well I do, and I did, and here's what I got.
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A super cool, stuffed burlap football, door-hanger, decorated with a Mississippi State pawprint. Go dawgs!!
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First thing you do is to go to the store with your pregnant friend and spend too much money on all kinds of junkola because you are in a crafting kind of mood.  Then make your pregnant friend draw and cut out the football shape from the burlap (whatever size you would like I assume) because you are busy cooking dinner for a load of college kids.  Our footballs are three layers of burlap each because we wanted the front to be good and thick, but I'm not sure it's necessary.  Then we painted our desired stuff on our footballs.  We pinned the top two layers and painted those because it bled through and we didn't want it on the back. (btw, don't be a ding-dong. put a garbage bag or something down under your project.)  You could paint on just the top one I assume.  I don't know why we do what we do.  We're bizzare.  She was making a wedding gift for an Alabama fan here in this pic.  She also finally took a decent picture in which she wasn't talking and making a completely weirdo face.  Good job A.R.

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After you paint your desired whatever and it dries (for several hours is best) sew the three layers together like you would if you were making a pillow case except we both chose to just sew about an inch in a leave a raw edge.  However, you do need to leave a hole for stuffing like you would with a pillow.  A.R. found that her's didn't hold so well so she sewed a ribbon inside of her seam.  I, on the other hand, felt like mine held pretty well (I don't know if it had to do with stitch width, length, etc.) but I did take a extra measure that I will show you in a second.

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Next thing I did was to let a small ball of adorable destruction make a weird face and shove bunched up plastic bags into the open hole between the second and third layers.  Make sure to evenly distribute them and get it however stuffed you want.  I will say that the person selling them on etsy says she stuffs hers with brown paper.  I'm sure that is a good option too, but I want to hang mine on my back door and don't want moisture to make the paper get all grody.  Plus I go to Walmart pretty much daily so I had about 7,483,295 plastic shopping bags at my disposal.

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I had a few spots when I was sewing around that had too much paint to really sew through, so I went back to those spots and just hot glued them together.  I holds really well, just be careful not to do so much that it comes through the fabric and looks ugly.  You could probably do a small bead all the way around the seam of the whole thing if you are worried about your stitches holding.  Just a note of caution - do not squirt burning hot glue into holey fabric and immediately squish it together with your fingers unless you don't mind needing skin grafts on all your fingetips in the near future.  Don't ask me how I know this.

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Next step is to just take some heavier guage wire that you have laying around the house (they sell it at any craft or home improvement store) and literally just poke it through all the layers of fabric from the back side.  You need to make sure you are down a few inches from the seam (towards the stuffing) so the wire won't be pulling on the seam or loose fabric.  Now this is really simple but I didn't take a picture of this exact step so follow me.  When you poke a couple of inches of wire through on both sides, you need to bend the ends and the long loop piece on the back so that they are pinched together and both pointing upward.  You will understand what I mean if you are doing it.  You want the loop in the back to be able to hang the football and you want the front pieces to be pointing straight up so that they hold the ball on the wire.  Next use a pair of needle nose pliers and your fingers to bend your front wire into swirlies or some other cute shape that won't stab you as you walk by.  The last thing I did before hanging it up was to use a bunch of different kinds of ribbon and make a bow on one side of the hanging wire.  I forgot to take a picture of this because I was talking too much. (imaging that)

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Anyhows....this is what I got.  A.R.'s ended up very cute too with an Alabama A on it but she was already gone to the wedding and I didn't get a picture of it.  I will say that our's are a little large in width so it took a lot of stuffing which makes it a really big door hanger, but I love it!  Just keep that in mind if you make one.  Also remember, once you stuff it and hang it and take a picture of it and post it on the internet it will look a little wonky in 2-D, but in real life it will be super cute and all your friends will be jealous.  (ok not really but you can tell yourself that part to make yourself feel good).  The painting part is a little time consuming, but otherwise this is a totally easy project that I forsee myself reapeating again soon.  The possibilities are endless - witches hats, Chrismas trees, basketballs, pumpkins, ornaments, turkeys, oh my!  So let your imagination run wild and get to the fabric store right this second.  I'm sure you have tons of housework you are looking to avoid!  No?  Really just me huh?

Love you like a lazy Saturday,
Cassie

9/13/2011 01:23:07 am

I'm freaking out just a little. I just made Cassie Foster's blog. Heart attack...

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10/1/2011 01:19:03 am

Oh, my gosh I LOVE your sense of what is important. and what can wait... important=crafts.... can wait=housework!
yahooo...
I found you via pinterest... if you don't know about that yet.. then you should RIGHT now google it. Your housework may no longer get the attention it deserves but, you will grow in ideas and creativity! :)

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Angel
10/1/2011 02:12:14 am

You are the quirkiest (if that's even a word) chick! I'm so into ur wording it's insane. It almost sounded like me talking lol! Anyhow, I'm loving the awesome burlap decor, and yes... I have a ginormous heap of laundry screaming my name, however.... today I am choosing to be deaf ;) I'm digging into my unorganized maze of crafts, yanking out my burlap (that I planned to do "I don't know" with), and pulling out my burried sewing machine to make one of these right now :D Thanks for making me feel like I'm not the only one who is willing to neglect housework in order to feel accomplished in other areas.... like creating!!

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Cassie
11/23/2011 08:57:31 am

So funny, we are about to make a burlap door hanger so I though I would just read one "how to" article..and of all teh ones I could have chosen...Me, Cassie read to the bottom and saw it signed ....Cassie

it was fun reading, thanks for sharing...

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nina
9/4/2012 01:55:46 am

This is so wild....ha....I was surfing to learn how to make burlap hangings and came across this!!! What are the odds that I know you and A.R. Ha.....too cool....

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1/2/2012 05:20:55 am

I was just goggling around trying to find out how to make burlap door hangings and I also got a really good laugh from your post! Thanks for the directions AND for the entertainment.

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Cassie
1/6/2012 05:30:29 am

You are welcome Miss Kitty! Thanks for stopping by and reading! It's fun to do something besides laundry for a change so blogging is my outlet I guess :-)

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Tillie
1/6/2012 04:58:01 am

Where can you find the burlap?

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Cassie
1/6/2012 05:27:58 am

Tillie, I just got mine at JoAnn's and I know Hobby Lobby and Hancocks have it too. Probably at any fabric store and even at Walmarts that still have a fabric department. It's only like $4 per yard and lots of places have several different colors. Hope this helps!

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Renee
1/23/2012 02:43:16 am

I became obsessed with making these over the holidays...yep, I had lots of laundry to do as well! I discovered after the first few tries that painting the burlap pieces with ModPodge first then letting that dry allows you to paint the suface more easily wo paint soaking into the burlap. I made the cutest snowman! Now you can't sew the pieces together if you use ModPodge but hot glue works fine.

I too love those MSU Dawgs!

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Kim
12/14/2015 05:38:50 pm

Great idea to paint it with modpog first.

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Alex
2/2/2012 06:12:20 am

Unless someone is going to be looking very closely staples would work great! I might sew it if it was for a gift, but when making for my own home I would staple shut all the way around.

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3/5/2012 11:06:26 am

Lady, you are my kind of gal :-)) I want to help my Mom, who is 88, make a Shamrock for Saint Patrick's day out of burlap. I tried helping her make a Christmas Poinsettia out of screen like the ones in Hallmark but it killed my fingers bending all that screen,(I felt like I had a gazillion tiny papercuts). I bought the burlap today but it seems very limp. Maybe paint will help? It's sort of itchy too but still better than the nightmare of bending screen. Anywho, just wanted to say I enjoyed your blog, I think it's actually the first blog i've ever read. I tried to find directions on You Tube but no luck there. Good Luck with your future projects, Joan Nolen

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Heather S
4/26/2012 05:53:49 am

What kind of paint did you use on the burlap? Thanks!

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Cassie
5/1/2012 03:56:13 pm

Heather, I just used plain old apple barrel paint from walmart.

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4/26/2012 12:04:08 pm

Um, so, I just found this (TYVM Pinterest), and I have four things to say:
A) You don't know it yet, but we are going to be friends. See below.
B) GO DAWGS! (MSU class of '06)
C) Get out of my head. "....Look on the internet and think "I can totally make that" and then think "and I have to do that right this second so I can avoid dealing with this gross pot of old hamburger grease that's been sitting on the counter for two days...." I believe you just summed up my life.
D.) You now have a new Twitter follower.

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Cassie
5/1/2012 03:59:39 pm

Lindsay, I am so glad you found me then, because I'm always excited about new friends!! That's one thing I've found with this blog, is that there is a whole sect of us "leave the grease on the counter" folks. It makes ignoring housework a lot easier when I know I'm not alone. Ha! And I'm glad you're following me on Twitter, but please be patient with me. I'm new and am very slow to come around on technology :-)

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Gloria
5/2/2012 06:04:36 am

So excited I found this on pinterest. My sister is a junior at MSU and I am going to try to make this for her. Thanks.

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Dawn
5/16/2012 04:34:15 am

You are SO funny! As I was reading this, I was like, that is so ME! :) I am also an idea thief...I do it all the time. I see things that are way cute and I say "I can so do that!" Lol. Anyways...I found you on Pinterest and will be making some of these very soon!

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kim
5/18/2012 01:42:49 pm

OK, totally love your sense of humor....

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Jesse
6/1/2012 02:55:48 pm

By far you are one of the funniest bloggers I've ever had the privilege of following.....keep doin' your thang girl! :)

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KJ
6/13/2012 12:58:04 pm

I can SO follow your directions! Wish all directions were written like this, LOL!

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6/22/2012 07:54:09 pm

Hello

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Stephanie
6/28/2012 03:30:48 am

I have made these a time or two as well, and purchased (with a 40% off hobby lobby coupon , of course) Spray on Primer ( in a can, like spray paint) it gave the burlap a "base" coat, took 3 seconds to apply and did help reduce the "soakage" of the paint to the naked burlap!

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7/15/2012 07:47:13 pm

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8/7/2012 02:14:04 am

Hellllo from Arkansas! I just stumbled upon your blog, THANK YOU PINTEREST! And I am in love! I too, am a under the radar craft idea thief. I feel like I am creative enough to do it... I am just not creative enough to always come up with the ideas??? Or really know what's hot and new with my potential customer/gift getters?? Anyway, I have been wanting to do this craft for awhile... Idk what has stopped me... Maybe my highly treasured small amount of burlap that is slowly depleting and our ONLY craft/fabric store hasn't carried it in literally YEARS! Anyway, I am inspired and I am making this today! Except with Hogs of course. Wooo pig!! Thanks for the craft energy! ;)

P.s. I too hate folding laundry.. I currently have 3 folded loads on my couch surrounding me that will probably NEVER get put away. Atleast they are clean right!?!

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8/13/2012 05:37:57 pm

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9/27/2012 04:27:28 am

Great tutorial. I stumbled across it on Pinterest. But what's extra crazy is that I go to church with Anna Reid's parents! Small world!

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D-M
10/1/2012 01:05:59 pm

I painted and mod podged my pumpkin, and when i hung it on the door outside, it became all bunched up and wouldn't lay flat. I am thinking about spray mod podge/sealant--any other ideas? Perhaps it's the humidity in Arkansas....Thanks!

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Lori
12/14/2012 10:01:02 am

I primer my burlap with guesso paint found in Wal marts craft section prior to paint. You can spray with a clear sealer if you choose after all paint is complete and dry.

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Meshia
11/12/2012 03:35:46 am

Is there a certain kind of burlap I need to purchase? I looked online and there were so many different kinds and lengths

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10/19/2015 12:14:25 pm

Cassie...I loved your tutorial on the burlap door decorations. They speak to me. You speak to me now as well. I loved your humor and have added a new word to my vocabulary, wonky. I've been known to be a ding dong and painted my granite counter tops, too. All in all, we are made alike, except I'm an Ole Miss Rebel. Love ya, Sugar.

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Talise
7/7/2016 07:19:06 pm

Do you draw all your designs or do you have a pattern ???

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7/9/2016 11:16:31 pm

This is so wild....ha....I was surfing to learn how to make burlap hangings and came across this!!! What are the odds that I know.

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