Once known as the fabric of potatoes and coffee, burlap is now a favorite of decorators and DIY’er’s. It adds warmth and texture to any vignette or arrangement. A ruffled burlap garland is easy to make and a cheap way to incorporate this popular decorating medium to any creation.
For a perfectly straight edges on your garland, first pull out one strand the full length of your burlap piece.
Once you’ve pulled it out you’ll have a little guide to help you cut perfectly straight with the warp. Or the weft. I don’t remember which is which.
Repeat the same step on the other side of your ruffle. A 2” width will make a tight petite ruffle and a 6” width will make a larger, softer ruffle.
To gather your ruffle, first find the approximate center strand of your piece. On one end pull it out 2” only, and then tie it off with a neighboring strand.
On the opposite side pull the same center strand. GENTLY pull out 6” inches at a time, working the gathering down the piece as you go. If you break your strand you will need to start over with a neighboring strand.
For fringed side edges, pull out a few strands the length of the piece of burlap. When you have pulled your gathering as tight as you wish, tie off the center pull strand with a neighboring strand. Trim the excess center strand. You can use your ruffled garland draped loosely as a swag or curled tightly as a rosette! A burlap garland is a simple, natural way to add texture and warmth to your arrangement.