Well, I apologize for how wrinkled this piece is. I washed this burlap to soften it up and then left it in my fabric pile and for the life of me, I cannot get the wrinkles out no matter what I do. I thought they would steam out after I finished the project. That said, I have wanted to do one of these for the longest time and so now I can tell you how easy it is.
I had already cut the burlap thinking I would do a different project with it so my length was determined at that point. I folded the fabric in half width-wise and snipped it in half. This was actually perfect for the runner. I took my stencil that I have shared with you many times from other projects and used it for this one too. I ordered this stencil from Maison de Stencils click here. I love her feed sack stencils and ordered two more yesterday. They are expensive, but considering how much I use them since I sell my work, they are very worth the asking price.
Here is a closer view of the pattern. Go heavy on your paint with the burlap. Since it is so textured you need to get down into the grooves.
I didn't use a sewing machine and I am glad I didn't. I folded the edge once and then twice and pressed the edge, then I came along and basted the edge closed. Leave about six inches unbasted on each end so you can fringe it if you so desire.
I found that if I loosened a cross thread at one side and brought it down and then pulled the fabric that helped to loosen it further. On the burlap I used, the cross thread went one direction and then reversed and then came completely away from the fabric. Just play with it if you want fringe. It was such an easy project and from start to finish took me about an hour. Took me a long time though to try to get the wrinkles out when I was done so maybe the pre-wash wasn't such a great idea. Have a wonderful Sunday.
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