Burlap Tiebacks with Interchangeable Flowers


Happy Friday, ya’ll!

If you missed this tutorial that I did for my fellow Kentuckian, Gail at My Repurposed Life, here it is!

I want to share with you how I made burlap tiebacks with interchangeable flowers that I made for my drop cloth curtains.

silk fabric flowers


I got my inspiration for this project when I went shopping with Sarah, Thrifty Decor Chick, last month.  We went to the Ballard Designs’ outlet store, and I almost bought these burlap curtain tiebacks that were on sale(picture below).  One thing you need to know about me is I love burlap!

ballard designs

Then I came to my senses and said,  “Why would I buy this, when I can make it!”

Oh, it’s the blogger in me.


I decided I wanted to make a flower with a little more spring flare, so I chose to make a pink one.  (Or we can call it “Honeysuckle” which is the color of the year.)

pink fabric flower

You have probably seen how to make one of these silk flowers before in blogland.  So have I, but I had never tried to make one for myself.

Can you say, F-U-N!

I had a blast making these flowers.  (I may have even created a new obsession for me!)

I bought this costume silk at Walmart.  I got 1/4 of a yard, and it cost me only $.67!

First, I cut out five circles of descending sizes and traced them onto my pink silk fabric.




Then, I cut five slits on each circle to create the “petals”.

Carefully hold each circle of material over a small flame, (a tea light works best) and let the heat singe the edges.



Follow the two steps above with each circle and then layer them on top of each other to create the flower.


The last step is to get a needle and thread to attach the pearl button in the middle of the flower.  Start from the back of the flower so the knot in the thread will not be seen.

fabric flower


spring flower

To make the burlap tieback, I just cut a piece of burlap 9 inches by 30 inches, folded it longways, and stitched up 2 of the three sides, leaving a hole at one end to pull the material through.

burlap project


Then I ironed it flat…right side out, and stitched up the remaining side.

burlap project

I also made two little strips of burlap to create loops on the inside of each side of my tieback, so I could attach the tieback to the wall with a hook.

burlap project


The only thing left to do was attach the “hook & eyes” to the flowers and tiebacks.


burlap tieback with flower



And now I have a beautiful burlap curtain tieback!

silk flower

I had so much fun making that flower, that I made two more flowers using a different technique that I will be sharing on my blog in the future.

I sewed a “hook” on the back of each of my flowers, so I can change them out whenever I want.  How fun!!


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I can think of a million different kinds of flowers to make.  Maybe red ones around Christmas?

What do you think?

Of course, you could used this same concept with a different type material, if you do not like burlap.

Let me know if you give it a try.  :)

Have a blessed day!


  1. Traci,
    Did you use real silk or just a “silk-like” type of fabric? I tried this with real silk and the corners did not turn up at all. I think the fabric that you need to use has to be an imitation so it has some synthetic-ness to it, a plastic-ness if you will, to make it melt and cringe up on the corners. My real silk just turned brown and then browner and then black and still totally flat. I think drop cloth tie backs would look great on your curtains with those cute cotton-y flowers!

  2. These are fabulous!! I must try this project.

    Are you curtains drop cloths? They look great! Also, will the edges curl w/o fabric (when passed over a tea light) or is that indicative of silk?


  3. I love this!!!!! Thanks for sharing!! I don’t have curtains that I can do this with but I’m trying to think of other ways to use them…any ideas??

  4. So cute! Thanks for sharing the technique! I love that black and white one and will be eagerly anticipating that tutorial!

  5. How adorable are those! Love the flowers, love the burlap! I used a dropcloth to make my bedskirt, and have enough leftover to make curtains. I can’t wait to get started on them. I might just have to make some tiebacks like these! :)

  6. Your flowers are adorable! I’ll need to give a try at making some. Thanks for the tutorial and looking forward to the others you will be posting.

  7. How did you attach the tie back to the wall? I want to do this in my child’s nursery but don’t want to use the hold backs that match the curtain rods!

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