What's a girl to do with 10 yards of burlap? That's the question I asked on my facebook page a few days ago after purchasing a bolt of burlap. My hubby wants me to make him a ghillie suit (you know the suits hunters wear for camouflage). Uh no, sorry sweetheart. I was thinking more along the lines of wreaths, a background for button art, table runners, etc.
Who knew there was a right and wrong way to cut burlap? The manager of our local fabric store showed me how to properly cut burlap so I thought I would pass it on. It's easy and makes so much more sense.
1. Line up the selvages
2. Measure your desired width of fabric along the folded edge and make a small snip with your scissors
3. Once you've made the snip, you will see two loose strands. Start gently pulling on the top strand. This will bunch up the burlap and show us where the grain is.
4. Keep pulling the strand and with your other hand grab the top of the burlap. Pull the strand completely out.
5. Find the second strand on the underside of the burlap and repeat the above steps.
6. Now you will see the grain. Cut along the grain through one layer at a time.
See easy and straight, right?
I've heard conflicting info about whether or not burlap is washable. I am one of those people who must get to the bottom of these pressing questions. Ha!
I cut a strip of burlap, ran it through my serger using a regular stitch width. Then realized that the burlap may fray through the wide stitch. So I set my serger to the shortest stitch width and ran one side of the burlap through. I put the strip of burlap into my front load washer on the gentle cycle and dried it as I normally would. I did not have lint or a huge mess in either my wash machine or dryer.
This is after washing, drying and ironing. As you can see the wide stitch width didn't hold.
But the short stitch width did hold. Success! The burlap came out of the dryer very wrinkly so ironing was definitely a must. It didn't have that chemically smell anymore though.
*Update*: I did have someone ask a question about the texture of the burlap after washing. It did makes the burlap a bit softer and not as stiff.
I can't wait to show you all the fun burlap projects I have been making!
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