Tip Talkin’ Tuesday-Crafting with Burlap

Burlap is a staple around the shop for me! It’s useful for so many craft projects and its durability makes it really versatile. It can also be tricky to work with! I thought I’d share a few tips and show you step by step how I created the Memorial Day Banner and table runner in yesterdays post.

Creating a one-of-a-kind Tablescape

First things first. Prepare to be covered in tiny fibers that seem to have magical magnetic ability and will stick to everything! I wouldn’t reccomentd black velour clothing for this craft session ;) Spray starch will help with the fiber loss a little and will make cutting easier. I used it on the pennants {sprayed both sides and ironed} but since I wanted my table runner to puddle, I chose to go the messy route!

Before you start, grab sharp scissors! SOO important! There is nothing more frustrating that trying to cut burlap with dull scissors!

To cut a clean line without unraveling the burlap, figure out where you want to cut your burlap and gently pull the thread from that line all the way out. It helps to bunch the fabric up as your pull.

Cutting and Fraying Burlap-Tablerunner

Once the thread is removed, you’ll have a straight line to cut.  Cutting and Fraying Burlap-Tablerunner

For the table runner, I decided how large I wanted my ruffle to be and instead of pulling the thread all the way out, I pulled it from both ends and tied it off underneath. So simple! I repeated this on both ends.

No Sew Burlap Table Runner

No Sew Burlap Table Runner To get that frayed edge, just pull away threads until you get the desired amount of fraying.

Cutting and Fraying Burlap-Tablerunner

Now for the banner! I started by cutting a cardboard triangle to use as a template. I traced out 12 pennants and cut. 

Burlap Banner

Don’t fret about the edges too much! The raw edge just adds character! In fact, I actually like mine frayed a little.

Burlap Banner

For the stars, I folded my scrapbook paper over and stenciled once to save a little time cutting. I’m in impatient crafter, okay!

Burlap Banner

Burlap Banner

I used Aleene’s Tacky Spray to adhere my stars because I want to remove them after this event. I’ll be reusing the banner down the road for a wedding!
Burlap Banner

To attach the pennant, string the jute rope along the top of your pennant, run a bead of hot glue {careful!} and fold over.

Burlap Banner

Spray the back of your star with Tacky Spray and adhere it to your pennant!
Burlap Pennant Tutorial

I also hand painted a little frilly edge on every other pennant. I used a leftover Websters mixture but any acrylic will work too!

Burlap Pennant Tutorial

So simple and so cute!

Burlap Pennant Tutorial

Have you played around with burlap lately? There are a TON of cool burlap projects floating around Hometalk right now! I’ll be busy clipping my favorites and I’d love to have you along! You can follow me by clicking the link at the top right portion of the page!


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  1. I love these projects! So cute.


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