How to Cut Burlap the Right Way

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Do you know how to cut burlap the right way? This little trick makes it so much easier to craft with burlap! |

It seems this time of year there are SO MANY burlap DIY projects out there! It’s like fall comes around and the entire craft world becomes OBSESSED with burlap. Ok, I admit, I have also fallen head-first onto the burlap obsession train… full speed ahead!

Burlap can be a beautiful but difficult fabric to work with if you’re not “in the know” about this little technique that makes it SO MUCH EASIER to cut burlap in a straight line AND keep it from unraveling! Seriously, once you know how to cut burlap the right way, you’ll never go back!

I really love to craft with burlap because not only does it have fabulous texture, but it’s also really cheap! I got my burlap at JoAnn Fabrics here. It was originally $4 a yard, and I had a 50% off coupon, so I ended up spending $6 for three yards (that’s only $2 a yard)!

They have a pretty good selection of burlap, including colored burlap and printed burlap with patterns! I have to admit, I am totally eyeing this burlap with pink metallic dots. Oh, the crafting possibilities! Be still my burlap-wrapped heart! Anyways, enough drooling over colored burlap, onto the good stuff!

How to Cut Burlap and Keep It From Unraveling

1. Measure your burlap and decide where you want to make your cut. Grasp one of the strands of burlap at the edge of the fabric where you want to make the cut. (You might need to snip the strand with scissors to start it if it is bound on the edges.)

Do you know how to cut burlap the right way? This little trick makes it so much easier to craft with burlap! |

You will never see me with perfectly manicured nails, like ever.  Ain’t nobody got time for that.

2. Pull on the strand and keep pulling until it comes all the way out. Don’t worry if it breaks off. Just find where it left off and grab it and keep pulling.

Do you know how to cut burlap the right way? This little trick makes it so much easier to craft with burlap! |

This step actually requires two hands, but I ran out of hands when trying to take a picture at the same time. You get the idea. 

3. Once the strand is all the way out, there should be a nice line for you to easily cut!

Do you know how to cut burlap the right way? This little trick makes it so much easier to craft with burlap! |

Like a little road for your scissors!

4. Use your scissors to cut right down your nice, straight line!

Do you know how to cut burlap the right way? This little trick makes it so much easier to craft with burlap! |

5. Now that your burlap is cut in a nice straight line, this should also keep it from fraying while you are working with it. However, if you are not going to be finishing the edges of your project at all, you might want something a bit more permanent to keep more strands from coming out. I suggest either sewing a zig zag stitch or using something like Fray Check or Fray Block. Just dab a little on the edges and you’re good to go!

And there you have it! Now you, too, are “in-the-know” about how to cut burlap and keep it from unraveling. It’s really very simple, and it makes life SO MUCH EASIER when crafting with burlap. Because if it’s not cut right, that stuff will just unravel like a two-year-old who hasn’t had a nap… and we all know how ugly that can be!

Now that you know how to cut burlap and have some ideas, let me know what burlap crafts you’ll be working on in the comments! If you need some inspiration, check out my burlap table runner with ribbon. It’s perfect for the holidays and makes great home decor year round!

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52 thoughts on “How to Cut Burlap the Right Way

  1. This is great! Thanks so much. I fell head over for burlap as well and use a lot of burlap in my crafts but it always unravels. Which is fine for some projects but not all. I didn’t know about the fray check, but I think just knowing the proper way to cut burlap will help tremendously. Thanks for sharing! Pinning!

    1. Celeste

      I know, it can be so hard to work with burlap with all the unraveling it does if it’s not cut right. Glad you found this helpful! Thanks so much for sharing my post!

  2. Thank you so much Celeste for linking up your burlap tip at the Bewitchin’ Projects Block Party last week. You were one of my featured picks over at Recreated Designs. I use burlap all of the time and this is definitely a tip I will make good use of! Hugs, Lisa

  3. This is a great post! Who would have thought there is a right and wrong way to cut burlap? Thank you so much for sharing at my craft party on Thursday! Hope to see your newest posts this week, which starts at 7pm EST.

    1. Celeste

      Thank you! I know, a lot of people don’t know this little trick, but it makes crafting with burlap much easier! I will be sure to stop by your link party again!

  4. Celeste, thanks for the instructions on cutting burlap, and perfect timing too. I am thinking about making burlap curtains for my kitchen. Thanks for this tutorial.

    1. Celeste

      Keri, I hope you’ll be able to use this trick to help make your burlap curtains! I have seen people make beautiful curtains from burlap! I would love to see how yours turn out!

  5. Genius idea Celeste! I love burlap and if I saw some Chevron burlap I would have to figure out a good use for it, because I couldn’t leave the store without it. #SharetheWealth

    1. Celeste

      Oh my gosh, I know, that chevron burlap was calling my name! There are so many things you can make with it, too! Table runners, wreaths, frames, banners, vase wraps… I could go on and on. The question is what can’t you make with burlap, really?

    1. Celeste

      I know! Not many people know about this, but it’s so simple and makes crafting with burlap so much easier! So glad you’ll be able to get good use out of this!

    1. Celeste

      You definitely should, Crystal! It really matches any decor and you can totally customize it with whatever ribbon you want. I’m sure it would look lovely in your home!

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