(Closed) Burlap DIY stuff

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’m doing DIY burlap runners..although I might just end up doing table squares/overlays or whatever you want to call them lol. I just went to Lowes and bought my burlap in the gardening section.I bought four rolls, each of them are 24 feet x 3 feet, for around 40 bucks. If I do the table squares, I will obviously cut them into 3 x 3 squares. Doing that, I could make 32 table squares all together. That’s WAY more than I’ll need but I bought extra on purpose because I am contemplating doing a burlap aisle runner and will probably use it for some other projects (bunting, etc.)

It was by far the cheapest I could find and I didn’t have to pay for shipping. I was finding out that I could get a good deal online, but since burlap rolls are obviously big and somewhat heavy, the shipping was ridiculous..so make sure you include that when comparing prices! I didn’t worry about the weight because it wasn’t really important to me. I just wanted the best deal. 😉

Unfortunately, I haven’t started them yet so I can’t really give you any advice there. Good luck!!

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My mom bought our burlap from Joann’s, so thats not much help to you.  However I just wanted to warn you that it shreds and there was fuzz everywhere for months!  Be sure to sew the sides or you’ll have shedding at the wedding!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Definitely get the higher-quality burlap, it is less likely to fray all over the place, and it doesn’t have a smell (some of the super cheap burlaps smell kind of funky). I bought burlap runners from another bee in the classifieds section here, and I will be reselling 20 runners after my wedding in November. I actually saved a lot of money that way; they didn’t even charge the full cost of the burlap. Just a suggestion, to see if you can buy some used!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Also, is there a Joann Fabrics near you? They have a lot of different types of burlaps in stock so you can go feel their burlaps and decide what weight you want. It really depends on how “rustic” looking you want your decor to be!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

If you decide to buy at Jo Ann- sign up for their mailing list. I just got 17 yards- but was able to get 40% off with a coupon- then send 40-50% off coupons all the time!

We’re making table runners- I also made signs. Here is one sample (just finished painting so not strung together yet!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I know this was posted a while back, but thought I could still be of help since your wedding isn’t until May. I got our burlap from Joann’s for 3.99/yd and 60% off! 50 yards of burlap for $85 with tax! We are going to use Stitch Witchery to hem the raw edges so it doesn’t shed everywhere. Its like a tape so you can iron the hems- no sewing abilitiies needed! Oh, and the woman at Joann’s showed me a neat trick to help cut it. Make a  little snip (like an inch) where you are wanting to cut it. Pull on a thread running the direction you are wanting to cut. Pull slowly!! When the thread is fully removed, you will have a nice visible line for cutting that will be straight down where you are wanting to cut! (Perfect for people like me who can’t cut in a straight line without some sort of guide!) Hope this was helpful!!

Post # 10
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Wannabee

Here is a tip on burlap… To keep the “fuzz” down, spray it with unscented hair spray. It adds some body to it as well. 

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