Saturday, May 25, 2013

Decorating with Burlap

As fabrics become more expensive these days, one solution for the lover of more casual and natural designs is the use of burlap.  The natural texture creates a laid back, kick your shoes off kind of feel to a space.   Burlap's has been found to be used more in the past in gardens and on farms for packaging of heavy bulk food, seeds, grains, coffee beans and potatoes.  But more recently burlap is popping up on windows, chairs and pillows.  So many home decor items can be easily made. 

Burlap fabric is inexpensive and can be purchased by the bolt at your local garden center.  The fabric also stitches up nicely and is forgiving of snags and pulls from the needle as the texture hides and blends the already rough nap.
A burlap pillow cover can be stitched and stenciled or paint stamped to create a novel theme

Draped and swagged burlap side panels.

Burlap potted plant wedding or shower favors

Event embellished chairs tied off with burlap and baby's breath

Burlap upholstered chair or create your own slipcover

Burlap side panel window treatments

The summer burlap weekend bag

The slouch burlap potted plant

Veranda magazine's burlap covered wing back chair

Fraying of the burlap and the knotted tie off to create fringe

Easy to make round burlap tablecloths

Add texture to a stairway with a burlap floor runner.
I love burlap.  The texture and natural feel all falls into the category of casual for the not so formal living space.  Burlap is also a great use for the destination farm or country wedding and crafty sewing projects.

What projects have you created with burlap?

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