No Sew Burlap Table Runner

by Katie on October 17, 2011

I am so in love with this burlap table runner I recently made for my dining room. I just couldn’t keep from sharing it with you all! I’ve been crafting up a storm here lately…maybe I will share another craft tutorial soon!

Anyways, here’s a peek at the runner on my dining room table! There is no sewing involved, and it is so quick and easy…anyone can do it!

No Sew Burlap Table Runner

Step #1  The first thing you want to do is decide on the dimensions of your runner and buy your burlap.

I made mine 16″ in width and it overhangs each side by about 8″.  (Runners are typically 14-18″ in width and usually overhand the ends by 6-8″ on each side.)

Using your dimensions, figure out how much burlap you need to purchase.  I bought 3 yards  (at $4/yd), knowing that I would have a ton extra, and I sure did!  It made this table runner, 4 place mats, a wreath, and I still have some leftover.

Step #2  Measure the burlap out to the length the you need and give it about a 1/2″ snip

Step #3  Pull one burlap strand all the way out.

Step #4  Can you see how that gave me a straight line?  Cool, huh?  Now it’s easy to cut it straight!

Step #5  Do the same thing for all of the sides until you have a nice straight runner.

Step #6  Create a little fringe by pulling out burlap strands until you get the amount of fringe you want.  I kept mine to a really low fringe, but whatever floats your boat…

There it is!  After no time at all it is finished! I think I may have to make a red one for Christmas!  I just can’t resist burlap!!

Now doesn’t that look easy?

And just think of all the variations you could do…especially if you could sew!


Idea inspired by:  Living with Lindsay and Craftaholics Anonymous

Post linked to: Tip Me Tuesday

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

linda @ craftaholics anonymous October 17, 2011 at 9:59 pm

cute runner! perfect for fall! thanks for linking back to my burlap cutting tips! i appreciate it!
happy crafting,


Katie October 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Of course Linda, the tip saved me from going crazy trying to cut a straight line:)


Jennifer October 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm

LOVE the idea for giving yourself the straight cutting line. Genius!


Katie October 17, 2011 at 10:11 pm

Jennifer, it sure is genius!!! It’s impossible cut straight otherwise :)


Jessica October 17, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Well, I have another project to do this week now! Looks great!


Katie October 17, 2011 at 10:50 pm

JESSICA!!! Oh, how I have missed your uplifting blog! I’m so happy to see you are blogging again :)


Kimi October 18, 2011 at 7:20 am

Love this!! Looks like a project even I could do!! How ingenious on the straight line too. Mine would have ended up a place-mat from frustration on straight line. Love that idea too…place-mats…burlap place-mats. No more too big or too small place-mats!! Thank you all above!!


Katie October 18, 2011 at 11:04 am

Kimi…I hear you about the place mats. They always seem to big or small! That’s why I loved making them…they are the perfect size for my kitchen table :)


Dana October 18, 2011 at 8:58 pm

This project is soooo…. cute!


Katie October 19, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Thanks ;)


Misty October 19, 2011 at 2:57 pm

This is super cute! I may just have to give this a try. :)


Katie October 19, 2011 at 3:12 pm

It could cover up Hope’s sharpie fun?!? She thinks the table is a huge coloring book ;)


Kim November 1, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Where did u buy the burlap?


Katie November 3, 2013 at 7:45 pm

Hi Kim! I bought my burlap at Hobby Lobby, but they have it at any fabric store. Even my Walmart has it in the fabric section!


Amy July 31, 2014 at 4:24 pm

Did you wash first? Any risk of unravelling? Thanks for the tips!!


Katie July 31, 2014 at 11:15 pm

Hi Amy! No, I didn’t wash it first. It could unravel since it isn’t sewn but honestly I’ve not really had a problem with that. You could sew a straight stitch after you make your fringe if you wanted to really prevent unraveling!
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