Wednesday, November 2, 2011

No-Sew Burlap Tablerunner

I have a secret.  Well actually I have many, ha ha, but today I am revealing one:  I can't sew.  Don't judge, don't hate... I. don't. sew.  It's true and I will readily admit it.  I truly envy all the beautifully sewn creations I see out there in blog land.  But, while I have many talents, sewing just isn't one of them.  It is on my very long list of "things to do before I die."

As with many of you, I have fallen in love with burlap.  It all began with my kitchen update to French Country and discover that natural fabrics are part of the decor.  Thus enter burlap.  Hmmm... what can I do with burlap... such a lovely fabric...

 I discovered all sorts of very cool table runners created out of burlap all over blog land and Etsy.  But, most, if not all, involved sewing.  Crap!  Well, never one to be deterred easily, I decided to create my own. 

The first one I made was super simple.  Go to Joanne's, get a few yards of fabric, cut to desired length and width, wash, dry, and iron out the wrinkles.  The washing and drying create awesome fraying which of course we want.  I loved it and it worked perfectly in my kitchen. 

But then I started seeing some more elaborate burlap runners with lace and rosettes.  I love the combination of the burlap and lace but it required sewing.  Or does it?  Not if your brain works like mine!  I. Can. Glue. It!

Now I ask you:  why was fabric glue invented?  For non-sewers right?  Well, maybe not but it works.

What I used:
Burlap fabric cut to about 72" L x 16" W
Vintage Lace
Rosette (I cheated a bit and used some Melissa Frances ones that I had)
Fabric Tac

I discovered that it's really quite easy to fray burlap myself by pulling threads at the ends.  That way I could control how "frayed" I wanted it.  Then I measured my vintage lace and glued it to the ends and also glued the rosette on.  Easy, easy, easy and yet so pretty!

What do you think?  I am in love and it looks fabulous in my French Country kitchen!


Chatty Crone said...

I think you did a great job - how creative are you and you didn't even have to sew! My kind of gal.


The Polka Dot Closet said...

I can sew, but I am a big user of fabri-tac when I can get away with it!

It looks great!


Tracy said...

It does look fabulous in your kitchen, as do those cookies! Sewing is not so tough, you just need someone to explain the machine and what to do when the thread bunches up or the stitches don't hook together. And then send them to me, because I have questions!

Your puppy is really cute, my grandma used to have a Pekinese named Freddy, he was the cutest little thing! Thanks for stopping by to visit!

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Pam said...

It's lovely and you didn't have to take a "stitch". It is possible to create great items without sewing. I love it.

The Old Parsonage said...

I'm a non-sewer too. We should start a group:)

Love the runner!

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Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

Oooh, you did a wonderful job - it looks LOVELY!! And a no-sew too! Nive!!


The Circus said...

LOVE it! Thanks for sharing it!

Chris said...

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Cindy The Victorian Journey said...

I only sew a little so anything that is no sew is my kinda thing. Love your burlap table runner. I am a newer blogger and would love for you to visit me when you have a minute. Thanks for sharing.

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Sweetie I`m watching your blog for a while! Maybe you wanna follow each other? just announce me :X

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Que lindo te quedo... sin duda alguna solo se requiere de un poco de creatividad para poder logra cosas bellas, me encanto!!!

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