Sunday, October 24, 2010


Considering the origins of burlap, also known as sackcloth, it's use as a decorative fabric may come as a bit of a surprise. It's been around for several years but hasn't lost it's popularity.
It originally caught my eye at Pottery Barn when they used it for display.  The impact was rustic, unique and economical!
 If you want the vintage or industrial.... here's an idea.

It's breathable and resists mositure and can take the wear and tear from even the toughest of families.

Known more for it’s durability,burlap has traditionally been used in the home for area rugs or tablecloths.  But did you know that burlap is biodegradable and good for the environment?

These tablecloths are featured from Ballard Designs and Wisteria.  They take about 6 yards of fabric - so it can be very CHEAP! to use burlap.  It can be found in the Central lanes or cheaper yet..... in Sham Shui Po.
I love the detailed ruffle on the small ottoman.  Box pleated trim can also be found in a shop in Sham Shui Po in an array of colors and sizes. 

The tufted ottoman is a great look...... another way to save is to find faux leather in Sham Shui Po.  You won't need a lot..... but purchase a strong quality one (no fuzzy backing) and with a slight testure for a realistic look. 

Use burlap instead of decorative fabric to create formal style pinch pleated draperies. Ban the edges with grosgrain ribbon..... and let the sun shine in!

Wood base with Burlap lampshades?  Let me tell you a secret.......  I've been working on developing wood lamps and hope to have the project available soon. 

Kids artwork?  

Now this one is different.......  the inside is painted burlap.  


  • While burlap fabrics offer many advantages, there are a few drawbacks. The traditional loose weave of most types of burlap means that the fabric is much more susceptible to stretching over time. If placed in direct sunlight, burlap will fade relatively quickly in comparison to other decorating fabrics.

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