Trends | Burlap

Reported by Anam Stubbington

Burlap is what used to be called sackcloth; it was used for storage for everything as it was easy to make, breathable and moisture resistant. Even since it was used by the Haute Couture fashion houses a few years ago, burlap has been gaining strength. This seems to be the year where burlap comes into its own as a fully-functioning decorative fabric, being used in everything from wedding decorations to wall paper to the red carpet.

  1. Display at the Mid-Atlantic Quilt festival
  2. Miu Miu Pumps
  3. Toms burlap shoes
  4. Bottega Veneta 2011 dress and Emma Watson wearing the dress to the Harry Potter Premier this summer
  5. Vintage Isaac Mizrahi dress

It has a big place in the Eco-friendly world as it is bio-degradable, reusable, and durable. It can be dressed up or broken down, and yet still retains that rustic uniqueness all of its own. It can be used instead of canvas and paper to beautiful effect.

  1. Photo board on Etsy
  2. Nest Frame
  3. Quote Frame
  4. Photo holder
  5. Headboard
  6. Invite

Burlap comes in ribbon rolls, in yards and in sheets and can be sewn, rolled, frayed, gathered, bunched, and looped, as well as used straight off the roll, or made into flowers.

  1. Wrapped Wreath
  2. Sewn Ruffled Wreath
  3. Rolled Wreath
  4. Ruffle Wreath
  5. Folded Wreath
  6. Bubble Wreath

You can sew it, color it with dye and paint, stamp and print on it, make it into furniture and clothes, toys and rugs. but most of all it is a fun and inexpensive way of being contemporary.

  1. InkJet Printed
  2. Spray Painted
  3. Painted Strips
  4. Hand printed
  5. Stamped
  6. Stenciled Words

Burlap looks so pretty mixed with other fabrics such as silk, linen, and lace – a touch of elegance – the rough with the smooth.

  1. Album
  2. Wedding Cake
  3. Wreath
  4. Hearts
  5. Present
  6. Pillow
  7. Ring Pillow

And it’s perfect for those seasonal Christmas decorations.

  1. Little birds
  2. Baubles
  3. Stockings
  4. Mini trees
  5. Advent Calendar
  6. Star
  7. Named Stockings
  8. Mini-hoop bauble
  9. Tree Skirt

And the perfect gift maybe?

  1. Ruffle Bag
  2. Photobook
  3. Printed cushion
  4. Painted Family Cushion
  5. Folded Vase
  6. Placemats
  7. Hair Piece
  8. Votive Candle
  9. Clutch Purse
  10. Notebook Cover

Burlap is so versatile, making it a perfect foil for both adults and kids alike, especially when it is used with this year’s perfect frame – the embroidery hoop!

  1. Laptop Case
  2. Kite Hoop
  3. Birth hoop
  4. Tic Tac Toe

And for those crafters and scrapbookers, there is a wide range of products that fit the burlap theme.

  1. Tim Holtz Embossing folder
  2. Nikki Sivils Buttons
  3. My Minds Eye Trim
  4. Weeds & Wildflowers Digital Elements
  5. Ranger Tim Holtz Distress ink pad
  6. Canvas Corp Banner
  7. Jillibean soup alpha stickers
  8. Prima Marketing flowers

Also Hot off the Press do a burlap textured paper.

I totally expect burlap to stay as strong as it has for the last year, with more and more uses coming as it is a really interesting product.

  1. “61 Ford” by Adán Avalos
  2. Pumpkins
  3. Love Banner
  4. Patriotic Wreath
  5. Cake Decoration
  6. Present Wrapping

I hope you enjoyed and are inspired by this little post on the wonders of burlap!

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3 Responses to Trends | Burlap

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    Christel November 2, 2011 at 7:22 am #

    Thank you for the write up on burlap. I’ve been noticing it’s becoming more popular in the craft world as well. Wal-Mart has huge rolls of it now that they are starting to sell fabric again. I’m thinking of buying a yard of the two colors/shades that they sell so I can use it on my mini albums and for making flowers in the Big Shot. It makes a really great fall accent on scrapbook pages.

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    c.darwin November 2, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    I’m planning to wrap my homemade holiday gifts in burlap. Glad to know I’m on trend.oWns I ove all the photos you inluded here!

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    Bev November 14, 2011 at 1:11 am #

    What a Fab review you did. LOVE all the Photos and the Great coverage.
    I have not yet experienced the Wonders of this Material, but will most certainly have to try it now. Many Thanks.