Every day I see where someone has used burlap in some project they have created. From weddings, wreaths, Christmas ornaments, stockings and more, you can find nearly anything made with burlap. I must admit I am falling in love with the burlap look.
Today I am going to share with you a “super simple” project using burlap. Even though this is “oh so easy”, it can really add a great look to your table.
You will need:
Let’s get started!
I began by measuring the length of my table. With that figure in mind, I cut my burlap 12 inches longer than the measured length. I recently read that table runners and table cloths should hang over the edge of your table at least 6 inches. This was the perfect length for my runners. But really, this is only a suggestion; you determine what works best for you.
Next I measured the width I needed my runner to be. I wanted to be able to sit a place setting on the runner and therefore, estimated I needed a width of 15 inches. Again, any width will work – it’s simply a matter of your own taste and needs.
Once I had determined the length and width of my burlap table runner, I simply marked the dimensions on my burlap and began cutting. Cutting the burlap is super simple; I only had to follow the weave of the fabric as I cut.
Now the fun begins!
Once I had finished cutting the burlap fabric, I began slowly pulling the strands of burlap from the edges. Determine the length of the fringe you want before you begin.
The short edges were a breeze. The longer edges took a bit more time. It is helpful to cut the strands shorter as you work down the edges, working with one strand at a time.
Once you have all of the edges pulled, you can use the burlap table runner “as is”, but if you want to be sure the edges don’t work loose as you use them, run a simple stitch with your sewing machine down each edge.
I saved all of my burlap strings for a future project. Don’t you think they will come in handy sometime? I am betting you will see them here before too long.
I made three runners and crisscrossed them over the table for my spring table setting. You can find that tablescape HERE.
Simple! Simple! Simple! And what a great look.
With all of the color choices and even patterns found in stores right now, I am sure you will see burlap in future posts here. My mind is already thinking ahead to the next project!