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Posted 12/13/2012 by msfuhlhage in General Scrappin'


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Posted: 12/13/2012 8:15:05 PM
Has anyone ever used burlap on a layout or project? I am currently doing so and just curious if there is something I can do to it to stop it from fraying so bad. Any suggestions?


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Posted: 12/13/2012 9:11:20 PM
I did a project for thanksgiving with burlap and was also wondering about this. I've not tried it but maybe iron on fusable webbing (or similar)?

Not sure if you'd be able to see the webbing underneath or not as you can buy it with a fairly fine weave, so it may not even show. I guess it depends on what you'd want to do with the burlap.

I guess you could always seal the ends with mod podge, gel medium or something like that also, but it might take a little more time to do.


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Posted: 12/13/2012 9:35:39 PM
Does it melt? Like you can do with ribbon, either with a heat gun or a lighter held at a short distance?
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Posted: 12/13/2012 9:40:28 PM
The only thing I can think of other than sewing it on the edges is maybe that fray stop fabric glue... I'd sew it, you can leave room around the edge and then fray it if you want to...


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Posted: 12/14/2012 8:28:17 AM
i used it on my beach pages and add brown brads easy paeasy

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Posted: 12/14/2012 8:57:20 AM
I do! You can sew the edges, but I'm a fan of the frayed look. I have a project or two in my gallery that uses burlap and another one coming this month. I also might be using it on a post for the October Afternoon blog. I kinda love burlap

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Posted: 12/14/2012 12:59:17 PM
i just finished a bunch of burlap backed gift tags and i used pinking shears around the edges. with burlap, i get more annoyed at the "lint" it gives off. between that and the wool i just finished cutting, my desk is land-of-lint right now.

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Posted: 12/14/2012 1:19:18 PM
I have used burlap on one scrapbook page and one art journal page. On the scrapbook page, which I would link up but for some reason links don't seem to be working today, I actually deliberately frayed the burlap even more because it was a beach page and I was trying to make something that looked like rustic weathered wood. On the art page I don't care if it frays, but I'm thinking the slathering of glue I put to hold it down, plus tucking it into a paper border at one end, will help with that.


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Posted: 12/14/2012 5:58:11 PM
I use mod podge on it. Takes a while to dry but absolutely no fraying. I like to use dies with the burlap. Comes out beautifully.

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Posted: 12/14/2012 11:24:20 PM
"I use mod podge on it. Takes a while to dry but absolutely no fraying. I like to use dies with the burlap. Comes out beautifully.
Dye or dies???
Do you mean color or a diecut?

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Posted: 12/15/2012 12:26:43 AM
I love the frayed look and don't do anything to prevent it happening.

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Posted: 12/15/2012 9:07:43 AM
I love using burlap but it is messy and causes a lot of lint. I sew around the edges to prevent fraying.

I just posted a burlap project here yesterday:

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Posted: 12/15/2012 11:57:51 AM
Sew around the egde with coordinating color thread

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Posted: 12/15/2012 1:47:38 PM

Dye or dies???
Do you mean color or a diecut?

I mean dies, as in cutting. I just posted some on my blog here blog



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Posted: 12/15/2012 3:35:52 PM
You could sew the burlap to help prevent it from fraying.

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Posted: 12/15/2012 3:51:37 PM
You can stitch as far as you want the fraying to be and then it will stay. I don't know of another way to keep it from fraying.

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Posted: 12/15/2012 4:53:39 PM
I've used Fray Check on the edges of the burlap and it helps prevent the unraveling.
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