How to Cut Burlap (The Right Way!)

A couple weeks back, I went to Joann's to purchase burlap for a project in my living room (coming soon!) When I took the fabric to the cut counter, the JoAnn's employee measured it out, and then started doing something fancy with one of strings instead of just cutting the fabric. Naturally, I asked questions. Lots of questions.

Turns out, there is a right way and a wrong way to cut burlap. The wrong way: cut it like normal fabric. This creates lots of loose ends that easily unravel. The right way: Cut along a single thread of the fabric. See below.

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The Right Way to Cut Burlap
Step 1: Measure Your Fabric

Measure out the distance you want your burlap to be, and pick out a string of burlap at that point.

I had no idea there was a secret to cutting burlap until I talked to the cut counter lady... #Burlap

For example, in the above picture, if I wanted my burlap to be 13 inches long, I 'd probably pick the thread I circled in pink.

Step 2: Pull Thread

Pull the thread you selected, and only the thread you selected. The fabric should bunch up.

I had no idea there was a secret to cutting burlap until I talked to the cut counter lady... #Burlap
I had no idea there was a secret to cutting burlap until I talked to the cut counter lady... #Burlap
Step 3: Completely Remove Thread

Keep pulling the thread until you have completely removed it from the burlap. Sometimes it breaks before you've completely removed it; that's okay, just find where it ripped and keep pulling.

Once you've removed the thread, your burlap have a really obvious missing piece. It looks like this:

I had no idea there was a secret to cutting burlap until I talked to the cut counter lady... #Burlap
Step 4: Cut Burlap

Cut the burlap along the path the thread left behind. 

I had no idea there was a secret to cutting burlap until I talked to the cut counter lady... #Burlap

Then enjoy the nice, neat burlap piece that you just cut!

What are you making with your burlap? I just cut tons of it to use as wallpaper in my living room, but there are so many uses for this stuff, it's crazy! I'd love to hear what you're making; let me know in the comments below. And if you found this post useful, go ahead and save it to Pinterest so other people can find it too!

I had no idea there was a secret to cutting burlap until I talked to the cut counter lady... #Burlap
I had no idea there was a secret to cutting burlap until I talked to the cut counter lady... #Burlap

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