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Our next finalist in the Ultimate Southern Challenge is Sarah from Events Uncorked. She worked with her Mom (love that!) to create the perfect burlap bow tie!

From Sarah:

“I wanted to create something out of burlap with the ultimate Southern flair. And, what’s more Southern than a man in a bow tie? I created these bow ties with the help of my mom using burlap with a linen backing. They are rustic and charming, but most importantly, they’re Southern!”

Materials: 1 yd. burlap, 1 yd. natural linen, 1 yd. fusible interfacing, Stitchwitchery, natural-colored thread, a sewing machine, an iron, pins, a pencil, tape, scissors, a ruler, and a bow tie template (courtesy of Martha Stewart)

Directions:
1. Print bow tie template. Blow up 200%. Cut out and tape together.
2. Begin by ironing the fusible interfacing to the back of your burlap. Iron linen lightly to remove any wrinkles.
3. Place linen on top of burlap and pin at the top. Be sure that once the two are pinned together, the interfacing is on the outside, so once sewn together and flipped, it will be on the inside.
4. Trace bow tie template on to linen with your pencil. Pin on the inside of the bow tie as to keep together while cutting and sewing.
5. Repeat step 4 until you run out of fabric. It should make approximately 8 bow ties.
6. Cut out the bow tie and measure a 1/4 inch in on both sides for your stitch line.
7. Sew the bow tie around both ends and along one straight side. Be sure to leave one side completely open!
8. Flip the bow tie inside out so the stitch line is now on the inside.
9. Iron down 1/4 inch fold on the open side to create a creased edge. Place Stitchwitchery along open edge and iron together.
10. Iron entire bow tie to ensure flat edges and unwrinkled linen.

Thank you so much, ladies! Readers, if you love this idea, be sure to let us know in the comments! And remember, you’re welcome to give a vote of support to more than one concept.

emily Written with love by Emily
38 Comments
  1. avatar Jessica reply

    Fantastic idea, Sarah!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    So creative! Wonder who’s wedding will be first to wear them?!

  3. avatar Hayley reply

    She planned my wedding…great ideas!

  4. avatar Denise reply

    Very creative and so handsome! Perfect material for that outdoor guy without going Camo! Love it, Sarah!

  5. avatar alexis reply

    I love my iittle sister and think this is so creative! Good job Sarbear! :)

  6. avatar Alan reply

    Great creative idea for this fabric…any guy would wear this!

  7. avatar Holly Williams reply

    What a great idea! I love, love, love it! I wish I could’ve had these for my wedding!

  8. avatar Nicole reply

    Love this!!

  9. avatar Caroline reply

    They’re adorable!! I bet you could even personalize them with some dyed linen to really give them some flair and color where it peeks around.

  10. avatar Julie reply

    Love this idea! What a fabulous idea for something casual but formal. Its a normal bow tie with flair. How much fun would this be for a groom and his groomsmen to wear to an outdoor wedding? Perhaps a wedding in a barn complete with white twinkling lights and a georgous bride who is sporting her cowboy books underneath a stunning gown.

  11. avatar Alan reply

    Love the idea – Very unique – Any guy would luv to wear this style bow tie – Vs the same old stuff

  12. avatar Lisa A reply

    Such a cute idea for an outdoor wedding!

  13. avatar Lori reply

    Southern gentlemen in burlap bow ties-love it!!

  14. avatar Gaynelle reply

    I like this

  15. avatar Ansley Swanson reply

    Soo cute! Love this! Will mention this to my friend who is getting married this summer!

  16. avatar Emily reply

    They look great, perfect for a spring/summer wedding!

  17. avatar Caitlin reply

    lovee it!

  18. avatar Anita Shrigley reply

    Very creative!!! Love the idea. It is not only neutral so it would go with everything, but it could go formal or casual depending on the attire.

  19. avatar Clairissa reply

    Love it :-)

  20. avatar Beth reply

    Wow….the look, the texture, the clean lines….very original…makes a statement without going overboard…love it!

  21. avatar judy parker reply

    Love the idea!

  22. avatar Gail reply

    What a unique idea,,very nice, love it!

  23. avatar Kelly reply

    Super cool and different. So clever!

  24. avatar Aline reply

    This tie’s got swagger. I love it!

  25. avatar MIke reply

    Perfect for the southern wedding

  26. avatar Betsy reply

    How creative!! I love it!!

  27. avatar Jessica reply

    Perfect compliment for a simple and elegant summer wedding!

  28. avatar Julie reply

    Love these, my son does also and we might use it for Prom!!!

  29. avatar Kenny reply

    Groomsman would love these – Great idea!!

  30. avatar whit reply

    Love it. The prom idea is fantastic too!

  31. avatar Judyo reply

    I can see this idea carries thruout the decor with burlap table over lays and bows pn the backs of the chairs.

  32. avatar Allie Cable reply

    Love these for a backyard summer wedding! Can definitely see the idea being incorporated in the decor for the wedding as well! Great idea, Sarah.

  33. avatar Allie reply

    Love these for a backyard summer wedding! Can definitely see the idea being incorporated in the decor for the wedding as well! Great idea, Sarah.

  34. avatar Patsy reply

    Unique attention to detail and fun!

  35. avatar Kay reply

    Thinking out of the box – nice.

  36. avatar June reply

    Great idea. Love it!

  37. avatar Ruth @ My Love Wedding Ring reply

    What a great idea for this much under appreciated fabric!!

  38. avatar Jordan reply

    Super cute!

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Welcome back to the world of weddings, y’all! We have some fun posts ready to go this week. In addition to the usual real weddings, we’re excited to be presenting the finalists in our most recent Ultimate Southern Challenge over the next few days! The focus this time around was on burlap. Our finalists really went above and beyond, with several putting together full shoots involving our favorite rough and tumble material! Let’s get started!

The talented team at Cedarwood Weddings is known for their creativity, so we were not surprised to find a detail-filled submission from them! Kristyn Hogan photographed everything to perfection. Here’s a look at the unique ideas they put together:

To start, Linda and her team worked with Designs in Paper to develop a sophisticated stationery suite. We love the vertical burlap belly band – a twist on the usual horizontal version!

The Cedarwood team used large sheets of burlap (purchased from a local fabric store) to create burlap wall panels. The letters were cut from gray suede fabric and attached to the burlap with brads. The panels were installed with rods and brackets. These would be such a good idea for a Southern photobooth or ceremony backdrop, or to hide a less-than-desirable corner of your venue!

For the table tops, Cedarwood ordered French grain sacks in burlap from Online Fabric Store and stitched them together to create rustic runners. Side note: How cute are those mini cookies??

Finally, the team set up a gourmet popcorn bar in lieu of favors. They used burlap bags and suitcases from Save on Crafts as containers, and put together a handmade burlap bunting and quilted sign for the backdrop. Popcornopoly in Nashville supplied the treats!

WHEW, y’all! So many fabulous burlap ideas, and that’s just ONE entry! Thanks so much, Linda + Kristyn! Readers, if you love this idea, be sure to let us know in the comments! And remember, you’re welcome to give a vote of support to more than one concept.

Cedarwood Weddings is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
23 Comments
  1. avatar Kristyn Hogan reply

    Thanks so much for featuring this lovely little burlap inspiration. We had so much fun photographing it and are always inspired by the creativity of Cedarwood!

  2. avatar Linda at Cedarwood Weddings reply

    We are huge Southern Weddings fans and lovers of burlap. Love the contest and the inspiration it provides.

  3. avatar sara e. rose reply

    Big Fan of Burlap, Cedarwood + Kristyn Hogan!! A++ And, yes, how cute are those mini cookies? Adorable.

  4. avatar Kristal David reply

    I am getting married at Cedarwood on May 25th, and Kristyn Hogan will be capturing my wedding on film. I am so lucky that these creative minds who love what they do are involved in my very own special day (which will also include LOTS of burlap!) Thanks Southern Weddings for always posting such beautiful and inspirational things! You are by far by favorite wedding blog!

  5. avatar Stephanie reply

    Love, love, love :) Beautiful design and amazing images.

  6. avatar Alicia M reply

    I love the grain sacks they used as table runners! And the whole popcorn set up is awesome! Great job!

  7. avatar Brenda Douglas reply

    Love, love, love Cedarwood weddings! Also love the way they have used burlap! My son and his bride were married at Cedarwood about 11/2 years ago and they, too, used a lot of burlap! It was fabulous and so uniquely them! Linda and her team are masters at creating the most beautiful and unique weddings, no matter what the style!

  8. avatar Pam reply

    How creative! Great use of burlap.:)

  9. avatar Cynthia reply

    Only the most beautiful and creative work from Cedarwood, as always!!!!!! They are such a talented group and always a joy to work with on each individual wedding.

  10. avatar Tim Duncan reply

    Love the designs! That love sweet love sign is way cute!

  11. avatar Donette – Designs in Paper reply

    What a wonderful way to start off the week! It’s SO exciting to see your post — we love, love, love getting to work on inspirations like this with Cedarwood and Kristyn Hogan – they are so on-track for design and something that brides can truly incorporate into their day! Thanks so much for the post!

  12. avatar Ashleigh reply

    Love sweet love sums up this entry perfectly!

  13. avatar Lanie reply

    Adore this!!

  14. avatar Matt reply

    What splendid concepts! The lighting is gorgeous and each table is styled to perfection. Absolutely love the French burlap table runners!

  15. avatar Matt reply

    What splendid concepts! Amazing how many different burlap elements are used here to style multiple tables in such an elegant fashion. They are perfectly complimentary!

  16. avatar Linda at Cedarwood reply

    We are thrilled to hear these amazing comments….we are blushing :) Appreciate the feedback so very much!

  17. avatar Courtney H reply

    Every southern brides favorite-BURLAP, paired with the new southern staple piece- GALVANIZED STEEL! It goes together like dixie chicken and Tennessee lamb!

  18. avatar Mary reply

    Love the burlap backdrop, so creative!

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  21. avatar Floral Cotton reply

    So great! Love it!

  22. avatar Dawn reply

    Love all the burlap ideas. We are having a country chic wedding this September and several of these ideas will be used in the wedding. Thank you for sharing them with us!

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We loved bringing you even more super Southern ideas in our 2011 series the “Ultimate Southern Challenge,” and we’re excited to start it up again in 2012! In case you missed the festivities last year, we focused on mason jars and escort cards. The response to both Challenges was fantastic, and the entries, even better!

This time around our starting point is the perfect blank canvas: burlap! Burlap is an inexpensive material, and though it’s most often seen in rustic settings, we’re excited to see what possibilities y’all will dream up for this humble cloth! To get your wheels turning, here are a few of the favorite burlap details we’ve featured on the blog:

A burlap bouquet cuff (photo by Pasha Belman) and a burlap bouquet wrap (photo by Brion Hopkins)

Sweet burlap ring bearer pillows (photo by Landon Jacob Productions)

A burlap-covered bar (photo by 13:13 Photography)

Vendors, feel free to team up, though your submission doesn’t have to be anything elaborate — in fact, we want these ideas to be easily executable by brides everywhere!

A few details:

– Your submission can take any form (as long as it involves burlap!), but the most important piece is that it be SOUTHERN.

– Anyone can enter as an individual or a team — vendors, brides and grooms, and wedding or Southern enthusiasts alike. And you don’t have to be Southern to enter!

– To enter, please send 5-10 professional-quality photos at 600 pixels wide and a brief description of your submission to howdy at iloveswmag dot com. Subject line: “Ultimate Southern Challenge: Burlap.”

– Include the names and websites of all your team members, and a list of materials and links to sources used. Please include directions for any DIY projects you may have done.

All submissions must be received by 11:59pm on March 8, 2012. Submissions received after the 9th will not be eligible.

– Our favorite submissions will be posted throughout the week of March 12th, and the winner, who gets ultimate Southern bragging rights, will be announced the following week.

– Submissions cannot be posted or tweeted until published on Southern Weddings.

We can’t WAIT to see what y’all come up with! Questions? Leave them below, and we’ll do our best to answer them!

P.S. Want to check out the winners of our last two Challenges? Go here + here!

Landon Jacob Productions is a fabulous member of our Blue Ribbon Vendor Directory!

emily Written with love by Emily
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  1. avatar Taryn reply

    Can you submit more than one entry into the contest?

  2. avatar Gina reply

    Hello! I love a challenge that involves creativity… I am portuguese from Portugal… can I enter the challenge?
    Love all your amazing work!

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