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Burlap & Lace!

by Christy Taylor

Burlap & Lace. A BEAUTIFUL combination for a wedding...and easy-to-use DIY materials (or so you'd think!)

As it turns out, crafting anything with burlap can get messy & frustrating in a hurry. It sheds, frays and is impossible to cut into any shape.

Through lots (and I mean LOTS) of trial and error, I figured out some great tricks to creating burlap banners, hearts and roses!

Supplies:

-burlap
-Elmer's Glue
-Glue Gun
-thick twine
-fabric of your choice (I found a variety of white patterned fabrics in the quilting section. Just a few squares go a long way!)

Here's what you do: Lay out your burlap on a washable flat surface, or on top of wax paper. Then go crazy with the Elmer's glue! Pour the glue onto the fabric in lines then rub it in by hand. No need to SATURATE the burlap. Use enough to dampen the material, but not so much that you can see the glue. Coat the entire piece.

Let air dry, or use a hair dryer or fan to speed up the process. The glue dries invisibly, leaving you with stiffened burlap that you can accurately cut without fraying!

Burlap Roses:
You can find just about anything on YouTube, and that's where I learned this skill!
Check out this video
Using the glue-stiffened burlap worked really well and helped the roses keep their shape. I used a glue gun as I went, using little dabs of hot glue.

Shapes: Trace any shape on your burlap and fabric and you can create all kinds of cool little touches! I used fabric for letters in my banner and accents on my burlap hearts

Banners: I chose a triangle for this banner. The trick is to fold the burlap in half and then trace and cut. Make the top of each triangle be at the fold. Glue the halves together, making sure to leave about an inch at the fold UNGLUED. (obviously this is where you'll thread the twine) you could place a pencil in the fold to keep it from gluing shut.