Burlap: How to cut it straight and prevent it from fraying

Embellished Zipper Pouch Tutorial {plus tips for sewing burlap}

Burlap can be a little challenging to sew because it frays so easily, however here’s a simple way to cut it straight and stop it from fraying.

How to Cut Burlap Straight

Burlap has a large weave and this makes it easy to cut it perfectly straight. Measure where you want to make the cut, then pinch the thread on the side of the fabric. Gently pull the thread until the fabric starts to bunch up. The threads are strong so it’s easy to pull them.

Embellished Zipper Pouch Tutorial {plus tips for sewing burlap}

Adjust the bunching along the width of the fabric until the thread pulls loose. Now you can see exactly where to cut.

Embellished Zipper Pouch Tutorial {plus tips for sewing burlap}

Using a pair of scissors, cut the fabric.

Embellished Zipper Pouch Tutorial {plus tips for sewing burlap}

How to Stop Burlap from Fraying

Once burlap is cut, it will fray when handled.

Embellished Zipper Pouch Tutorial {plus tips for sewing burlap}

To prevent burlap from fraying while you sew, simply spray the edges with some heavy spray starch and press with a hot, dry iron. The spray starch helps to seal the edges long enough for you to sew the fabric.

Embellished Zipper Pouch Tutorial {plus tips for sewing burlap}

To prevent burlap fraying permanently, add some fray check to the edges. Fray check is a glue that seals thread ends and prevents fabric from fraying. This is useful when using burlap to make fabric embellishments.

Embellished Zipper Pouch Tutorial {plus tips for sewing burlap}

Embellished Zipper Pouch Tutorial {plus tips for sewing burlap}

Now you know how easy it is to work with burlap, you should have no trouble making this cute embellished burlap zipper pouch.