(Closed) Burlap- how do you get it to stop fraying??

posted 5 years ago in Decor
Post # 3
507 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Cabin

We used burlap for runners and chair sashes but went natural, didn’t worry about fraying, and it really didn’t..  But we did make boutonnieres and we used spray starch, it stopped the fraying since they were so small, but was super stiff. But it will work. 🙂 

Post # 4
741 posts
Busy bee

I asked this about muslin a few weeks ago, and some bees recommended Fray Check. I haven’t gotten it yet, but that’s my plan.

Also, I saw on Pinterest that some people actually fray it about an inch or two and then tie knots every few strands to keep it in check.

Post # 5
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

If you have a sewing machine you can finish the edge by sewing a straight or zig zag stitch near the edges. It might still fray a bit but will stop where the stitches are.  Practice on some scraps to make sure you get the look/effect you want.

Post # 6
1783 posts
Buzzing bee

Find a friend with a serger 🙂

Post # 7
973 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I’ve heard sewing a seam as a previous bee said.  A good twenty years ago I saw women using wax (bought or wax from burned candles that was still pliable).  Good luck!

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