Friday, July 10, 2009

Frayed At The Ends

Since burlap has become one of my favorite designer fabrics of late, I've bought several yards, several times, cut by several fabric store ladies. But recently one fabric worker performed
burlap magic
right before my eyes and I just had to share!
If you want a perfectly straight edge on your burlap, you start by snipping the end with scissors.
Then you take one thread and begin to pull. The burlap will begin to gather. Keep pulling the string with one hand and push the gathered section with your other hand until the pulled string has reached the opposite end of the fabric. Straighten out the gathers and you'll notice a perfect line which is now a guide for cutting the burlap. Once cut, if you want a perfectly frayed edge, just continue to pull threads until you achieve the frayed length you desire. That's how I made my wide burlap table runner for my outdoor table. I added some cute tablecloth weights so the table will always stay perfectly dressed.

22 comments:

ceekay said...

Oh Joy....I would have told you that if I didn't think you knew it. I worked for many years in fabric. Do you want another tip, you may know...if you work with any kind of fake fur...cut the backing only from the back side...dont cut the fur. When you finish the right side of the fabric will have a furry edge instead of choppy.
I love the burlap items, but burlap so makes me itch!!

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Such a great tip! I've been having a hard time finding good burlap, may I ask where you get yours from?

Dawn said...

I've been using burlap a lot in the past months... wish I'd have had this tip long ago!!!

Joy said...

STACEY-
I BUY MOST OF MY BURLAP AT JOANNS USING MY 40% OFF COUPON. THEY HAVE SEVERAL COLORS OF BURLAP IN STOCK.

Jenglamgirl said...

I am so glad you shared this tip! burlap who new it could look so good! What cute table clips! LOVE IT!

Cheryl said...

Ohhh my goooooooodness...thanks for sharing that!!

frillsfluffandtrucks said...

Great tip1 :)

~ Sarah

Tina said...

Wow, I just found your blog today. I'm really enjoying your posts and relaxing as I'm reading through.
I totally relate with your decorating style.
Enjoy your day.
T

Robin @ My Blessed Nest said...

Although I knew how to pull a thread to straighten fabric or to fray the ends, I had no idea about that trick to cut burlap. Thank you for sharing. Y

Your table looks so pretty...and your yard is absolutely gorgeous! I know you must really enjoy sitting out there!!

Amy said...

Your runner looks great!! It really makes the table look finished. :-)

pammiejo said...

This is showing my age - but that's how my home ec teacher taught me to do that on fabric to "straighten" it or to cut straight about 45 years ago. I guess at least, I haven't forgotten it! I'm a fan of burlap too - like the texture it gives. PAM

Lorilee said...

My mom always did the thread pulling thing to get the straight of the fabric! Burlap can make my throat itch! Weird huh?
Blessings,
Lorilee

Jennifer said...

That looks great! You have a beautiful back yard!!

abnsigoslady said...

Oooooooo....wonderful. I think that I will try this. Laura@the mansion

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Very cool! One of my favorite fabrics and so easy! I'll be linking.

Gretchen said...

I love the burlap but especially love your table hangers. What a great idea.

Gretchen

Angie said...

Thanks for the great decorating tip.

VintageSunshine said...

Ooooh! I love burlap magic! Thanks for the great tip!

Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage said...

You know, that was a great idea to share.
Thanks
Laura

Darlene said...

I LOVE that!! Thanks for the tip. When I get some burlap I will be trying that!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Now this is a GREAT tip! Thank you so much for sharing.

edeenut said...

That makes a great table cloth and those little weight clips on the bottom are too cute!

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