Sunday, April 15, 2012

Burlap Table Runner

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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Anne said...

Looks great.Easy project and I love the stencil too.

Ivy and Elephants said...

I'm going to have to try this too. It makes such a statement there on the table.
Thanks so much for linking with us,
I hope to see you again next week.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Love it, I am making some burlap runners for my sons rehearsal dinner. I wonder if you re wet the burlap if that would take the wrinkles out?


Bliss said...

That's cute. I worked with burlap this past week and it is now on the top of my hope to never do again list!


Debbiedoo's said...

I love this...of course I am in love with burlap these days. I tried once to make a runner and it was a disaster. Yours is so cute. Thanks for sharing with the newbie party.