Your Wedding’s Missing Something…

Wedding season is in full bloom with brides and their planning committees hard at work making sure their celebration is a special, one-of-a-kind event that guests will remember and those who fail to attend will regret to miss.

With endless bridal magazines, stores, and even conventions, the options seem endless. Color schemes, ceremony themes, location scouting, and invitation designs might all seem overwhelming, but we’re ready to help settle some of the debate with our customizable burlap.

Though primarily used in agricultural and industrial operations, burlap can give your wedding the rustic but chic style you’ve been looking for. We’ve already had experience in making burlap placements, table runners, and name banners.

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Here are just a few more of our burlap wedding decor ideas:

  • party favor bags
  • aisle markers
  • program holders
  • centerpiece wraps
  • bouquet wraps
  • wedding photo album
  • signs
  • boutonniere

Whatever ideas you have, we’re confident that our staff can make your big day even more special with your custom order – just contact us!

Why A Nursery Cover?

 

When moving your plants from one location to another, nursery covers will help ensure that your plants are transported safely. At Commercial Bag & Supply, we have a wide selection of fabrics for your nursery and garden supply needs; our burlap nursery cover has always been one of our most popular items.

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Protecting your root balls is always important when you’re about to transport your plants. A root ball is the bunch of roots at the base of your tree or shrub. Wrap this part in burlap fabric, and then wrap wire around the fabric for secure transport. This covering keeps your plant’s roots protected from the field to its final planting location.

We make our custom nursery coverings for root balls, plant coverings, and landscaping fabric out of durable, biodegradable burlap fabric. Since we purchase our burlap in bulk, every order is custom made in our Des Moines warehouse to your exact specifications.

In addition to custom nursery covers, you can also find sturdy tarps and coverings for your plant beds, fabrics for bundling your trees and shrubs, and fabric that can be used as a moisture barrier.

If you’re interested in finding out more about our wholesale nursery covers and other garden supplies, you can always get in contact with one of our trained specialists, or you can request a quote if you’ve already done your research.

The Right Bag For Food Storage

Dependable food storage is a must when your agricultural operations need to maintain the utmost efficiency. Commercial Bag and Supply is happy to provide customizable food storage bags in a variety of materials to best meet our clients’ needs. With our custom bags made from woven polypropylene, cotton, or burlap, you’ll find food storage to be more dependable and easier than ever. Whether you’re storing potatoes, beans, or rice, we have the right bag for you.

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Woven Polypropylene
Will you be storing heavy crops? If strength is of concern and you want the absolute strongest bags in the market, choose woven polypropylene. We purchase the highest quality woven polypropylene in bulk and then cut it down and sew the bags to your exact dimensions. This material can also be coated with a water resistant gloss to make sure your food stays dry.

Cotton
Clients looking for a lightweight fabric with an ideal strength will want to look into cotton food storage bags. These custom cotton bags are perfect for storing:

  • coffee
  • nuts
  • cured ham
  • flour

Burlap
All our burlap food storage bags are made to order and offer a number of custom enhancements to ensure your food bags meet your specific needs. Your bags can even be printed with your custom logo. Burlap food bags are ideal for storing:

  • coffee
  • peanuts
  • dried beans
  • potatoes
  • rice

If you’re interested in finding out more about our custom food storage bags, or if you’re ready to request a quote, please visit us here.

How To Care For Burlap

After you’ve received  your custom made burlap bags and put them to work, you’ll also need to occasionally clean them to make sure they remain in the most durable, helpful condition. Keeping burlap isn’t a hard thing to do, but you may want to follow a few tips.

Cleaning your burlap before storing it away for the season is critical as leftover residue on the fabric will attract insects, irreparably damaging one of the most helpful accessories in your gardening or agriculture operation.

To clean, begin by filling a (clean) sink or washtub with cold water. Warm or hot water might cause shrinkage. Machine washing your burlap isn’t advised, as the natural jute fiber in burlap bags will easily deteriorate in the harsh atmosphere of your washing machine. If you do choose to machine wash, your machine may experience problems in the future because burlap can produce large amounts of lint. Once you’ve filled the tub or sink with cool water, add a small amount of gentle detergent. Let the burlap sit, but for no more than five minutes. If the fabric sits too long, it may begin to fray.

After you’ve let the fabric sit, rinse well, and lay it flat between two towels to dry. Though you might think it will speed up the process, don’t wring the burlap, as twisting it can also cause damage. If your burlap bags have stains, blot (don’t rub or scrub) the fabric with a wet sponge, and blot the leftover dampness immediately.

Do your burlap bags smell after use? Sprinkle baking soda onto the fabric and lay it outside, but not in direct sunlight; a screened in porch is ideal. After a few hours, turn the fabric and apply more baking soda to the other side. For more persistent odors, let the fabric sit in (indirect) sunlight and apply vinegar or lemon juice. The acids in these liquids will help remove the odors without damaging the integrity of your fabric. After applying your chosen treatment, rinse the fabric as described in the steps above.

When you plan on storing your burlap bags, make sure they are clean and dry, following the steps we’ve provided. If you want to avoid creases or wrinkles in your bags, we suggest rolling them. Store bags in a cool and clean place, since burlap draws in moisture from the air and can mold easily. Your storing place should also not be in direct sunlight, as the bags will dry and fade, leaving them fragile and brittle when you need them next.

If you have more questions about how to clean and store your burlap bags, or how customized burlap bags might assist your operations, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Burlap In The Garden

As gardening season comes around, you may be interested in what materials can help enhance your gardening experience. An inexpensive and cost-conscious material, burlap is one textile that provides multi-purpose services in your garden pre, during, and post planting season.

From seed to blossom, this biodegradable and permeable fabric is the perfect gardening companion. Below you’ll find a list of the various ways burlap can help make your gardening season more cost and time effective.

Before planting

Alternative Mulch: Burlap’s durable yet permeable nature creates an excellent mulching fabric for your flower or vegetable gardens. In the harvesting areas, you can lay down strips of burlap to help limit the erosion of your soil and to assist with moisture retention.

While planting 

Direct seeding in mid-Summer: Using burlap for direct seeding helps improve germination rates. Laying strips of burlap down over newly sown seeds will help keep seeds from being washed away during rain storms, and it will also prevent evaporation. Once the seeds have begun to germinate, be sure to remove the burlap.

After planting

During the colder months, you can use burlap to help protect some plants like hydrangeas, boxwood, and figs. By taking strips of burlap and wrapping them around your plants, you can provide an extra measure of protection against brutal winter winds and weather conditions.

In addition to weather conditions,wrapping strips of burlap around the trunks of your plants will add an extra layer of protection against pesky nibbling creatures that also take refuge in your garden.

For vegetable gardeners, burlap provides an excellent material for food storage after harvest. Thanks to fabric’s porous quality, burlap bags are an ideal way to store onions and potatoes.

Happy gardening!

 

The Flood Control Staple

When a flood’s about to arrive, so are the sandbags. Over the years, sandbags have been made from a variety of materials, including burlap and polypropylene as well as a few others. Once manufactured, the bags are filled with sand or soil, and placed strategically about a city to prevent more flooding where possible. Volunteers are instructed to build “dikes” or “levees,” and often times, these piles of sandbags will be seen near rivers and bridges for added, and necessary, flood prevention.

Sandbags have been used since the 18th century, when they were traditionally used for military purposes. First more commonly made of burlap, times have progressed and sandbags are now popularly made from polypropylene plastic, and are sent to flood-endangered areas by the thousands. With its history of devastating floods, Iowa and other Midwestern states have many businesses and organizations that volunteer to send sandbags to the affected areas, and citizens band together to fill the bags before the floods hit.

Sandbags have continued to retain their popularity thanks to three main advantages. When preparing for a flood, bags and the sand to fill them are considerably inexpensive, and can easily be brought empty to the site and then filled with sand upon arrival. After the flood has passed, sandbags are easily transported and stored once emptied, though there has been a voiced concern about the possible contamination of the sand from floodwater. In constructing and deconstructing sandbag efforts, it’s of utmost importance that volunteers follow directions, like those in the video we’ve posted below, for the safest and most effective levees and dikes.

 

Burlap Canvas Art

One of our most popular fabrics is burlap. Originally from the Middle East, burlap is a durable and rugged material made from Jute. It’s used for just about anything, ranging from landscaping fabrics to bag coffee beans. Due to its natural look and durability, burlap canvas has also become popular for many DIY and ‘craftsy’ types.  One interesting use is to have burlap canvas as the base for your painting.  The fabric creates a unique, cost effective material for creating artwork for your home, office, or as a great holiday gift!

Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make burlap canvas art:

Using a pre-made canvas

    1. Buy a canvas
    2. Wrap the burlap around the entire canvas

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  1. Cut the excess burlap
  2. Staple the burlap along the edges of the canvas frame

Using a cardboard box

  1. Get a cardboard box of a size you choose
  2. Cut the so the box is about 1 inch deep
  3. Wrap the burlap around the entire box
  4. Cut the excess burlap
  5. Use a hot glue gun to attach the burlap to the box
    a. Make sure to pull the burlap tight, making it as smooth as possible
    b. Fold and glue the corners neatly

Now for the creative part. Stencil or draw a silhouette of your design onto the burlap. If you’re using a stencil, make sure to have some type of adhesive to make it stick to the burlap – you don’t want the stencil to move around while you paint! A foam brush and acrylic paint tend to work best on burlap canvas. When using these supplies, a ‘blotting’ technique works best to allow paint to soak into the canvas.

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Some pictures from the shop floor

Below are a few pictures we snapped from the workshop. As you can see, we have a LOT of fabric!

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Pallets of Used Coffee Bags

 

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Rolls of canvas fabric, ready to be sewn.

 

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Some small burlap bags. We can custom make burlap bags to any size you need.