Burlap is a popular fabric for crafting and home decor. I love the rustic look that burlap crafts lend to a room. However, I do not like the frayed and jagged edges that you get if you don’t cut burlap correctly.
Follow these simple steps to cut your burlap, and you will have a perfect edge every single time:
1. Lay the burlap on a flat surface, and determine where you want to cut it.
2. Cut 1-2 inches into the edge of the burlap, and then stop.
3. On one side of the cut, pull out a single thread from the burlap.
4. Pull the thread towards you until the entire thread is removed from the width of the fabric.
- The fabric will bunch up as you pull.
- You need to pull firmly, but don’t pull too hard, or you will break the thread.
- If you do break the thread, cut along the straight line up to the point where the thread broke.
- Repeat steps 2-4, making sure that you pull out the end of the same piece of thread that broke, until the entire thread is removed and your straight cutting line goes across the entire width of the fabric.
5. Cut along the line created where the thread was removed, and you will have a perfectly straight edge.
Now that you know how to cut the burlap, here are a few of my favorite ideas for using it:
- Burlap Table Runner
- Burlap Placemats
- Burlap and Ribbon Pillows
- Stenciled Burlap-Wrapped Candleholders
- Burlap Garden Flag
- Burlap Memo Board
- Burlap Initial (Monogram) Frame
Are you using burlap in your home decor or crafting? If so, how?