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Burlap Fabric

What is burlap fabric exactly? Well for starters, burlap is a material, typically woven from the skins of plants, that contains strong fibers. The fibers are then manufactured and products such as fabric rolls, bags, rugs and ropes are created.

Burlap fabric is likely most familiar as being a sacking material, where one might see it as coffee, rice or potato sacks. Or harken back to yesteryear, where childhood sack races were a common activity in the warmer months. Burlap fabric has recently popularized due to it being an eco-friendly material that is a versatile home and garden product.

In the garden, burlap can be used to protect seedlings, control erosion or shade plants from sun and wind. Also, due to its resistance to condensation and its breathability, burlap fabric is great as a wet covering for cement and concrete. Another great application is using burlap to protect crops from both weather and wildlife.

Flood Protection

Flooding can be devastating to homeowners; just a couple of inches of water can lead to tens of thousands of dollars of property damage.

There are ways to help prevent and reduce the amount of water from entering your home from flooding, and luckily, they’re as inexpensive as they are effective.

Sandbags, when used properly, can be a great deterrent against flooding. When filling your sandbags, be sure to only fill them a little over halfway. If they’re overfilled, they may be too heavy to handle.

When placing your sandbags, you’ll want to lay them down like bricks, starting from one end and overlapping them on top of one another. Be sure to stagger your rows so that your bags don’t line up.

Top Uses of Burlap In Your Garden

Burlap is an amazing material and has tons of uses. On top of that, it's pretty cheap and readily available. Here are some of the top uses of burlap in a small garden.

Burlap is great for mulch. Once you've harvested an area of your garden, you can lay down a strip of burlap to cover that area. Laying down strips of burlap like this helps to limit the erosion of the soil as well and retain moisture. After all, the soil is the most important element of your garden and a simple piece of burlap can help protect it!

This is a great tip that's especially useful in the heat of the summer. In summer, when it's hot and typically more dry, you can lay a piece of burlap over freshly sown seeds. The burlap helps to keep the soil moist and the seeds from being washed away or uprooted by rain. It also helps to improve germination rates. This is more helpful for seeds that prefer a moist environment, but great overall. The burlap covering can also keep pesky birds from eating up your freshly-planted seeds!

You Can Buy Burlap In Bulk From DayBag!

You can buy burlap in bulk rolls. Lots of people need them for different things like for burlap table runners at weddings. 

If you need to buy bulk burlap, we have what you need. We offer the following stock widths that we cut our burlap rolls to: 36", 40", 45", 48", 54", 60", 72"

However we can custom cut burlap rolls to whatever size you need down to 2" in width. The minumum yardage we sell is 100 yards in up to 1000 yard burlap rolls.

If you need to buy bulk burlap in the Midwest or anywhere else in the United States, you've come to the right place!

Do it yourself burlap table runner for weddings are great and cheap to buy. DIY weddings that use bulk burlap rolls for many different things are growing in popularity in recent years. We can provide what you need for your rustic wedding.

Of course, when your wedding is over, you can re-use that burlap in many different ways, perhaps in your home garden, in arts and crafts projects, or for other weddings of friends and family.

 

Burlap Is A Crucial Component Of Ghillie Suits

Ghillie suits are a method of concealment used by hunters and snipers for centuries. They let them get closer to their prey. The concept of a ghillie suit goes all the way  back to when Native Americans had the continent all to themselves and they would disguise themselves in the local fauna so they could get closer to their prey for a better shot with their bow and arrow.

The idea is something of an optical illusion. Our eyes bascially look for the outline of a shape to detect something like a human body or an animal. If the outline isn't there it's very hard for us to detect that thing. A ghillie suit works on this principle and breaks up the outline of the body. It does this by using things like leaves, grass, twigs and strips of burlap, sometimes taken from burlap bags. These are added to the suit in a random, haphazard fasion, imitating the chaotic design of nature. You don't want anything too uniform.

A ghillie suit can end up making you look like a monster or something out of this world, perhaps a Bigfoot or a Wookie from Star Wars. But that's only when you're out in the open. When wearing such a suit in the wilderness, you blend in so well that you're virtually invisible.

What Can You Do With Burlap Coffee Bags?

There's tons you can do with burlap coffee bags. First off you can display burlap bags as art. You can tack them right up on a wall and use some sort of cool printing on them. You can group up a bunch of bags together in an artistic formation.

You can also frame a coffee bag. Look for a frame that and matting that complements the bag. Put it somewhere prominent that will get a lot of looks like your kitchen or living room. Use it as a center piece.

You could also fill the burlap bags with old newspapers so it makes it look like they're full of coffee beans. Then put then in a window as display art. You can also add use cargo boxes for a nice touch.

You can decorate a chair with burlap coffee bags as well. Just use a staple gun to affix pieces of burlap to the chair and upholster it. Then use upholstery tacks to cover up the staples.

Another idea is to make sofa pillows out of them. First wash the burlap bags in baby detergent - this gets the any coffee smell they may have out of them (if buying new from Dayton Bag & Burlap you won't have to do this). Then dry them out and fill them with poly fiberfill. Stich the bags shut and you've got some very attractive burlap pillows!

Filled Burlap Bags / Sandbag Workout Routines

We've talked about burlap bags used in workout routines before, but it's a subject that has quite a lot of depth to it. Basically, sandbags made of burlap are great for working out - you can burn fat and build muscle at the same time!

The benefits may not be obvious at first, but the first thing to jump out at you might be the price of your workout gear. A simple burlap bag filled with sand might run you, oh... a couple of bucks MAXIMUM! Storage is easy as well - you can just toss it in a closet, under your bed, in the basement, pretty much anywhere. You can also take the sandbag with you wherever you want to work out. Want to work out at the beach? Cool, keep a filled sandbag in your trunk and you have a portable gym. Not to mention the fact that those in the colder climates might need some extra weight in the backs of their cars in the winter (typically that's only for rear-wheel drive vehicles, but still).

Sandbags as a workout tool are very, very versatile. You can train just about any muscle, from lower body to your core, to arms or for interval training. They're pretty easy to use as well, there's not a lot of time you'll invest in how to lift or carry a sandbag. 

Using Burlap Sandbags As Workout Tool!

Burlap bags have a great many uses, as we've outlined on this blog in other posts. However the single biggest use of burlap bags is as sandbags. And of course sandbags are primarily used for emergency flood response, to line the flood waters and protect towns or houses against flood damage.

But did you know that there are many workout that incorporate the use of a sandbag? It's true! Tons of strength and fitness coaches recommend the sandbag and feel that is in an invaluable tool to build up muscle and bulk. 

Some fitness coaches argue that because of it's odd and bulky shape that it isn't a good tool for workouts. However, the proponents of it say quite the opposite; that because of it's unbalanced weight distribution that it is a great addition to a workout. It's more primal and simulates real-world strength-building techniques. 

The key here is that the sandbag is unstable, having to struggle to carry it is one of the main mechanics. If different muscles have to work to carry it at odd angles or when the weight shifts, this adds to muscle confusion and gives a better workout. Sandbags made with burlap bags are unbalanced and oddly shaped, which leads to a different workout every time. 

Burlap Bags / Coffee Bags Can Be Used As a Garden Planter

Burlap bags are so handy for many different things, including storing dry goods like coffee beans. In fact, they've become used so much for storing coffee beans that they're actually called coffee bags by many people!

However, coffee bags aren't just for storing coffee beans! Used burlap bags / coffee bags can be used as make-shift pots and look great in your yard, too.

Follow these steps to create your own Coffee Bag Garden Planter

  1. Choose your planter's location (against a tree, shrub or the side of your house or shed) and place the coffee bag there.
  2. Fold / roll down the bag's opening to the height that you want the planter to be. This is great for plants that hang over the edge, because the folded edge isn't as harsh or rough on the plant as other pots or containers.
  3. You'll need to evenly fill the sack with either pre-dampened, all-purpose potting soil, or 1/2 full with garden soil and the rest with potting soil. Because the burlap coffee bag holds in moisture but drains out the excess water, you won't have to worry about the drainage.
  4. Now simply plant your little seedlings like normal and care for them as usual. 

You can even experiment a little by cutting some slits into the sides of the bag and planting seedlings so they fill out the sides and peak out of the slits.

How To Cut Burlap In A Straight Line

We've decided to re-use some of the content found over on our sister site, Daybag Outlet. On that site we have The Burlap Blog where we talk about the many different uses of burlap; in gardening, arts and crafts, landscaping, around the house and more. Many people have found that content useful so we'll post it here as well. If you ever have ideas on unique uses of burlap, by all means let us know!

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With all of the crafting and decorating ideas that we're planning to provide for you, we thought it made sense to start by giving you the secret to cutting your burlap pieces straight and evenly. This will help you in some of the creative burlap projects that we feature.

The texture of burlap actually makes cutting a straight line very easy to do, simply because it's woven out of strings, which are made from plants.

First, choose the size of the burlap piece that you would like to use for your project.  Next, determine the length of the burlap you wish to cut. Mark your cut with a pencil, and then gently pull out one of the fabric stands at your pencil mark to create a little gap between the piece you'll be using and the rest of your burlap. Use that little gap as a guide for your scissors to follow while you cut your burlap staight down the line.

Sack Races With Burlap Bags

Burlap bags are great for use in what is called sack races. You may remember this from your youth although it isn't quite as popular as it used to be. Here's all about what sack races are (text taken from our sister site at sackraces.com):

You remember. You stuck your right leg in a burlap bag and your uncle stuck his left leg in the same sack—together you feverishly hopped toward the glory of the finish line at the family reunion. Well the sack race is back!

There are numerous variations to sack racing rules. Here are just a few suggestions for you—but half of the fun of these games is putting your own spin on the rules! So get out there and be creative!

Individual Sack Race:

To play you need one burlap bag for each individual participant. The more people racing, the more fun it is.

Participants will run to the sack, put both feet in and begin hopping toward the finish line.

Contestants must keep both feet in sack and at least one hand on the sack at all times.

The sack must remain as close to the waist as possible and should not fall below the knees.

The first racer to the finish line wins.

Relay Race:

To play you need one burlap bag for each participant or team. The more people racing, the more fun it is.

How To Use Sandbags Part 2 - Ringing Boils With Sandbags

The following is from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They have a complete and thorough guide called, Flood Fighting: How To Use Sandbags. They have granted permission for us to post this and we thought it was a VERY informative guide on how to use sandbags (typically burlap bags). So thanks to them for this great information so here's part two: 

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How To Use Burlap Bags To Grow Potatoes

You can plant potatoes above ground! That's right, using container gardening you can grow potatoesand not have to have a garden. This is great for people with a small amount of space, i.e. if you live in an apartment or house with little to no yard space.

There are many types of container gardening, but you can actually use burlap bags to grow potatoes. A few days after St. Patrick's day is a good time to plant potatoes - you want to soil to be wrokable but not too wet. However, with a burlap bag, you can control the level of wetness.

Types of potatoes to grow

Anything will work for the most part, but buying organic means it won't be treated with bud-inhibitors. You can also buy seed potatoes from local garden stores. You can also use potatoes from your kitchen as well, but you should cut them into smaller pieces. Each piece should have at least one eye.

Then you'll want to cure each of the pieces by putting them in a dark, warm room and let them sit for a couple of days, that way the cut sides can become calloused.

You can also "chit" the potatoes. Put them in an egg carton and put them in a warm, sunny location for a couple of days. Chitting means letting the potato buds sprout indoors before planting them outside - this gives them a little bit of a head start.

How To Use Sandbags Part 3 - Emergency Sandbag Placement

The following is from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They have a complete and thorough guide called, Flood Fighting: How To Use Sandbags. They have granted permission for us to post this and we thought it was a VERY informative guide on how to use sandbags (typically burlap bags). So thanks to them for this great information so here's part three: 

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Sandbag placement

Remove any debris from the area where the bags are to be placed.

Fold the open end of the unfilled portion of the bag to form a triangle.  If tied bags are used, flatten or flare the tied end.

Place the partially filled bags lengthwise and parallel to the direction of flow, with the open end facing against the water flow.  Tuck the flaps under, keeping the unfilled portion under the weight of the sack.

Place succeeding bags on top, offsetting by one-half (1/2) filled length of the previous bag, and stamp into place to eliminate voids, and form a tight seal.

Stagger the joint connections when multiple layers are necessary.  For unsupported layers over three (3) courses high, use the pyramid placement method.

How To Use Sandbags Part 2 - How To Fill a Sandbag

The following is from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They have a complete and thorough guide called, Flood Fighting: How To Use Sandbags. They have granted permission for us to post this and we thought it was a VERY informative guide on how to use sandbags (typically burlap bags). So thanks to them for this great information so here's part two: 

How to fill a sandbag

Filling sandbags is a two-person operation.  Both people should be wearing gloves to protect their hands.  One member of the team should place the empty bag between or slightly in front of widespread feet with arms extended.  The throat of the bag is folded to form a collar, and held with the hands in a position that will enable the other team member to empty a rounded shovel full of material into the open end.  The person holding the sack should be standing with knees slightly flexed, and head and face as far away from the shovel as possible.

The shoveler should carefully release the rounded shovel full of soil into the throat of the bag.  Haste in this operation can result in undue spillage and added work.  The use of safety goggles and gloves is desirable, and sometimes necessary.

How To Use Sandbags Part 1 - Sandbag Construction

The following is from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. They have a complete and thorough guide called, Flood Fighting: How To Use Sandbags. They have granted permission for us to post this and we thought it was a VERY informative guide on how to use sandbags - whether burlap bags, poly bags or otherwise. So thanks to them for this great information and here's part one: 

Sandbag Construction

The use of sandbags is a simple, but effective way to prevent or reduce flood water damage.  Properly filled and placed sandbags can act as a barrier to divert moving water around, instead of through, buildings.  Sandbag construction does not guarantee a water-tight seal, but is satisfactory for use in most situations.  Sandbags are also used successfully to prevent overtopping of streams with levees, and for training current flows to specific areas.

Why Are Sandbags Made Of Burlap Still In Use?

Just about every year we hear about major flooding - both across the country and around the world. It's a fact of life, and a problem that will probably plague humanity for a long as we exist. There's just no way to control the amount of rainfall or the resulting surges of water down our rivers (well, until we master control of the weather at least!).

And while technology has granted us many different advances, the single best tool for defending against flooding is, yep, you guess it - the humble sandbag.

Whatever the type of sandbag (burlap bags, polypropylene bags, acrylic sandbags, what have you) they're all THE tool for the job or emergency flooding management. 

Why is this? Why do we still use sandbags?

It's because they're cheap to make, easy to use, weigh very little and are effective. They go back to the Revolutionary War when they were used to build temporary, makeshift forts. It's unclear when the first time sandbags were used to help against rising floodwaters, but they were used in the great flood of the Mississippi River in 1927

Burlap: What It Is And Its History

Burlap is an amazing material. It has many versatile uses, but first let us learn about it's history and what it is.

Burlap is called hessian is many parts of Europe because it was in wide use in Germany at the time it was called "Hesse" and Germans were called Hessians. If you watch old movies about the American Revolution, you might see or hear references to Hessians.

Burlap is called hessian is many parts of Europe because it was in wide use in Germany at the time it was called "Hesse" and Germans were called Hessians. If you watch old movies about the American Revolution, you might see or hear references to Hessians.

These Germans were a sort of mercenary that fought at the behest of the King of England against the American rebels. Some of these Hessians later stayed in America and helped settle it. George Washington even tried to use propaganda to try to get the Germans to quit fighting the Americans. For more great info on the history of these Hessian soldiers click here.   

Welcome To Our Blog!

Welcome to our new blog! Here we will strive to provide you with all the information you need to make an educated purchase of burlap bags, polypropylene sandbags, woven poly bags, acrylic sandbags, sandbags for emergency flooding, or custom bags of different sizes. Whatever your sandbag needs are, this will be a central source to find info on it.

As always, if you have specific questions about our products, let us know! We exist to serve you and are always looking for ways in which to improve. Likewise if you have interesting ways in which you've used our burlap bags or other products, we'd love to know. Any photos or stories of sandbags or other products in use would be fantastic.

We look forward to serving you in the future. Thanks for visiting and reading!