Burlap is great for so many uses, but at Pickled Barrel we especially love burlap for its rustic appeal! Whether you want to use burlap for home, wedding decor or any other crafty purpose, you need to know how to cut it correctly. Once it’s cut in a straight line, you also need to know how to keep it from unraveling. Today’s post will show you how to accomplish both. Find a variety of colors of burlap at Michaels!
To cut burlap in a straight line, you need to measure it first. Measure what you need so you know exactly where you want your cut. Once you locate the precise area, you need to find one of the strands protruding from the edge. Grasp the end of the strand firmly, and pull it out of the burlap completely. As you pull, the burlap will ruffle, but keep pulling until the strand is pulled free.
Once the strand is removed, you should be left with a nice little channel that will guide your scissors in a perfectly straight line from one end to the other. So easy!
After you have cut your burlap as desired, here is the best & quickest tip for protecting the edges so that they’ll never unravel. Grab a bottle of Mod Podge. If you need some, you’ll find it at Amazon in a variety of sizes. Use a small brush to apply a thin layer of Mod Podge along the cut edges of the burlap. Let it dry, and you’re set! This tip also works for canvas applications.
Another way to protect the edges of your burlap is to apply some masking tape or fabric binding to the backside. It will hold the edges and keep them from unraveling in a pinch, but the best way is to use Mod Podge, or to sew them with a zig zag stitch on your sewing machine. Good luck!
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It seems this time of year there are SO MANY burlap DIY projects out there! It’s like fall comes around and the entire craft world becomes OBSESSED with burlap. Ok, I admit, I have also fallen head-first onto the burlap obsession train… full speed ahead!
Burlap can be a beautiful but difficult fabric to work with if you’re not “in the know” about this little technique that makes it SO MUCH EASIER to cut burlap in a straight line AND keep it from unraveling! Seriously, once you know how to cut burlap the right way, you’ll never go back!
I really love to craft with burlap because not only does it have fabulous texture, but it’s also usually pretty cheap! And don’t be fooled, not all burlap is plain brown.
You can actually find colored burlap and printed burlap with all kinds of fun patterns. Oh, the crafting possibilities! Be still my burlap-wrapped heart! Anyways, enough drooling over burlap, onto the good stuff!
How to Cut Burlap and Keep It From Unraveling
1. Measure your burlap and decide where you want to make your cut. Grasp one of the strands of burlap at the edge of the fabric where you want to make the cut. (You might need to snip the strand with scissors to start it if it is bound on the edges.)
You will never see me with perfectly manicured nails, like ever. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
2. Pull on the strand and keep pulling until it comes all the way out. Don’t worry if it breaks off. Just find where it left off and grab it and keep pulling.
This step actually requires two hands, but I ran out of hands when trying to take a picture at the same time. You get the idea.
3. Once the strand is all the way out, there should be a nice line for you to easily cut!
Like a little road for your scissors!
4. Use your scissors to cut right down your nice, straight line!
5. Now that your burlap is cut in a nice straight line, this should also keep it from fraying while you are working with it. However, if you are not going to be finishing the edges of your project at all, you might want something a bit more permanent to keep more strands from coming out.
I suggest either sewing a zig zag stitch or using something like Fray Check or Fray Block. Just dab a little on the edges and you’re good to go!
And there you have it! Now you, too, are “in-the-know” about how to cut burlap and keep it from unraveling. It’s really very simple, and it makes life SO MUCH EASIER when crafting with burlap.
Because if it’s not cut right, that stuff will just unravel like a toddler who hasn’t had a nap… and we all know how ugly that can be!
Now that you know how to cut burlap and have some ideas, let me know what burlap crafts you’ll be working on in the comments!
If you need some inspiration, check out my burlap table runner with ribbon. It’s perfect for the holidays and makes great home decor year round! And if you enjoyed this post, check out the links below for craft, DIY, and home projects and tips!
Correspondingly, can you cut burlap with scissors?
Using sharp scissors, cut straight down this free space created in the burlap. You‘ll find that it cuts clean without fraying. Sew the edges to prevent unraveling. Use zigzag or another reliable stitch to prevent fraying along the edges of the cut fabric pieces.
Similarly, how do you cut deco mesh without fraying? Method 3Trying Other Methods
- Use a rotary cutter instead of scissors to minimize fraying.
- Cut the mesh, then place drops of glue on the corners for a quick solution.
- Spray the edge with hairspray, spray adhesive, or clear, acrylic sealer.
- Knot the end of the mesh if it won’t be visible.
Similarly, it is asked, what is Burlapping?
Burlap, also known as hessian, is a woven, rough cloth, made from jute, hemp, or other fiber. Burlap is often sewn into large sacks for packing and shipping bulk foods such as dried beans and grains. After filling, the sack can be sewn closed and the stitching opened so the sack can be reused.
What is fray check?
Dritz Fray Check is a clear, liquid seam sealant that prevents fabric from fraying and secures thread ends. It is washable, dry cleanable and will give your projects a more professional finish. Liquid seal sealant. Prevents fabric, ribbon and trim edges from fraying.