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Burlap Quilt


You have seen my Burlap Pencil Rolls, Burlap Cards and Burlap Pincushion, but did you know I also made a Burlap Quilt? (read more about it here and here) It was juried into the State of the Art Quilt 13 exhibition which opened today at Gallery 159, The Gap, here in Brisbane.

The nicely matching bag is from Made by Nanna, a Dutch Etsy shop. I love it!

Take care,

Zippered Pencil Cases


You know about my love affair with burlap – making something out of used Hessian coffee bags. Well, for quite a while I have been thinking of making zippered burlap cases for pencils or other small items. The problem was that I have an irrational fear of zippers – sewing zippers, that is! I finally decided to tackle this fear and lo and behold!

The case below was the very first one I made. It’s not perfect but I really like it, and it now lives in my bag, holding all those small items you carry around… The one above is now for sale in my Etsy shop!


My fear of zippers conquered, I grabbed a white zipper I had somewhere and with some oilcloth scraps I made this pouch. My son loves it so I may give it to him…


Next, I cut a freezer paper stencil to make this case (also for sale):


Of course I could stencil any word (to a maximum of 10 letters) onto a case like this, so I am also offering a Personalized Burlap Pencil Case.

And I might try some zippered pillow covers soon! (although hidden zippers still frighten me…)

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Article in Making Magazine

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Today I received a large envelope from the UK… with the January issue of Making, one of my favourite craft magazines. And in this issue is my article on how to make a burlap pencil roll from a coffee sack! Yay! (I’ve had quite a few articles published in magazines, but it’s still a big thrill!)

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I sent a pencil roll to the UK to be photographed. Doesn’t it look gorgeous!

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There are some other great projects in this issue, so do check it out if you see it! I really like this magazine – it’s fresh and original, full of attractive projects. I’m proud to be part of it. 🙂

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Supersized Burlap Pencil Roll

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This week a customer asked if I could make a Burlap Pencil Roll for her that could hold 20 pencils instead of 12. The largest one I had made so far was for 16 pencils, but four more wasn’t a problem!

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The roll measures 25 x 50 cm (10″x 20″). Rolled up it is pretty big…

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If you would like to order a roll that can hold a different number of pencils (or thicker pencils, or pockets for a sharpener and a rubber, or would like to see it threaded in different colours), please convo me on Etsy or send an email to info@lindarobertus.com. I love doing custom orders and will be happy to work with you!

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Take care,

Happy New Year!

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I hope you had a lovely time during the holidays with your loved ones!
I spent two very relaxed weeks with my family at the beach and am now feeling full of energy and creativity :-).

The note in the photo above was pinned to a pole in Kingscliff, NSW – not a bad motto for 2013!

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But I like this one even better… The Coffee Quote on Burlap, Stretched in a Hoop, is the latest item in my burlap collection. This one is now for sale on Etsy, with more quotes to follow, as well as a personalized one, where you can choose your own words. What would you like to see printed on the burlap?

Take care,