Burlap is so popular right now for all different kinds of crafts and projects, but it’s somewhat of a tricky material to work with. Besides the fact that burlap is messy and leaves little fibers all over your clothes, it’s important to learn how to cut burlap so it doesn’t unravel.
You can get burlap from most fabric stores like JoAnns Fabrics. You can also order it online if you need a lot and would like to buy it in bulk. If you just cut it with scissors in what you think is a straight line, even a slight cut to the right or left of one of the threads, can cause a myriad of other threads to just fall out or unravel from the piece.
Here is the trick to cutting burlap with scissors. Choose a thread line that you want to be your edge. Pull on that thread until you have pulled it all the way out, and you have a long strip where the thread once was. You may need to use your scissors a few times to get the thread out all the way.
See how I have removed one of the threads of burlap, so there is an empty space to the right of the two far left threads?
No you can cut right in that empty space and your burlap will not unravel! If you need a lot of burlap fabric buy it in bulk, 10 yards for $30 on Amazon here or for ribbon 12″ Burlap Roll of 50 Yards for $35. Good luck on your next burlap project, I hope it turns out beautiful.