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Ruffled Burlap Table Runner {How to Cut Burlap} {DIY}

I’ve been wanting to make a burlap table runner with pretty white ruffles for a while now. Thinking it would be perfect spring, I jumped on the blogland burlap bus and got to work.

This was a crazy easy project. Pretty cheap too– about $10.

I started by cutting the burlap. I wanted it to hang over the edge of our dining room table so I cut it to size. Speaking of cutting burlap, do you know the trick to cutting burlap? No? Well you’re in luck because I paid attention when the JoAnn Fabric lady cut mine, and I learned the trick. Here’s how to cut burlap.


Then I got to work on the ruffles. I bought a yard of white muslin and cut two 5 inch strips. But after making one ruffle I realized that one yard wasn’t enough. Drats. So I headed back to JoAnn’s and bought 3 yards of white muslin and cut two 5 inch strips. Again.

I grabbed a needle and thread and started a running stitch. You can skip the needle and thread, and do this with your sewing machine. However, mine needs to be serviced so needle and thread it was.

I pulled the thread to bunch up the fabric, making the ruffles. I used an end of my runner to be sure that my ruffle was the correct length. I planned on sewing the ruffle to the burlap but the impatient side of me came out, and I decided to go with my trusty hot glue gun. I put a dot of glue every inch or so. It worked perfectly.

I’m not gonna lie, the ruffle on the other side of the table hasn’t been made… yet. I was losing sunlight when I took these photos yesterday. Priorities.

What do you think of my St. Patrick’s Day centerpiece display? I kept some thrifty hurricanes from our wedding, so I pulled them out and threw in some candles and split peas.

Have you taken a ride on the blogland burlap bus? What’d ya make?
Are you decorating for St. Patrick’s Day, or do you skip to spring?

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  1. Nice work! The ruffle gives the burlap that nice lady-like feel 🙂

  2. I was just trying to explain to a friend how to cut burlap correctly. I’m going to have to send her this post! Love the ruffle on the end too.

  3. You’re awesome. I love the table runner! The white ruffle is so perfect–keeps it from looking too rustic-y. And the hurricanes are amazing!

  4. How cute! I am not into burlap at all but I think this looks really cute and I love your hurricanes! I don’t decorate for St. Patricks Day I just skip to spring. xo

  5. I love how you call it the blogland burlap bus, ha ha! So true how we all get inspired to do similar things! 🙂
    Love the burlap and love your hurricanes! Beautiful!

  6. Love the runner and your St. Patty’s Day set up! And thanks for the burlap cutting tip 🙂

  7. I’m in love with this! Great tip on the burlap. We are making a pillow out of burlap for the ring bear in our wedding.

  8. This looks so cute! I love love love thee ruffle and that it’s white. And now I kind of want one for myself, which isn’t the most practical idea since I have a pile of started projects. Danger!

    Liking the centerpieces, too! Great use of the hurricanes.

  9. I absolutely love this runner! I have some extra burlap left from another project and I am going to make this for my dining table. Thank you for the idea 🙂 Saw this over at Homestories

  10. Burlap is the devil. But your table runner is quite lovely. I’m linking to this post tomorrow. I’m glad you actually paid attention at Joann’s. I watched the lady do it but she was really rude and was doing it quickly. And I’m a slow learner…

  11. OMG, I love that!!!! I have not jumped on the burlap bandwagon just yet but you are making me want to 🙂 love the candles too!

  12. Very pretty and simple! Stopping by from {tatter tots & jello}.

  13. The muslin ruffle is very pretty! I love burlap projects, have made quite a few runners and some bags. You should send the cutting tutorial to some of the fabric stores I shop at. I am always having to tell them how to cut it correctly. LOL

  14. Although your runner does look fabulous, I LOVE the split peas. I’ve been trying to figure out what to put in my hurricanes and hadn’t thought of those. Thanks!

  15. I love the split peas! I can’t help but shriek when I see cheap vase fillers and so organic. I kept thinking of Ireland just reading your post good job!!

  16. These are so cute! I love the split peas and what a great way to make burlap so fancy and pretty! I’m your newest follower – just found you through Tatertotsandjello! New to the blogging world! Thanks for sharing!

  17. Your blog just made my day!! Love your table runner and how it is practically no-sew! Never saw that idea to make it ruffle, like that. So cute. And I love how you used natural elements like split peas in the candle holders. Geez, how did I not come across your blog yet?? Definitely following you now! : )

    Caroline @ Double the Decor

  18. Chelsea, I just featured your split pea hurricane lanterns over on my site- Ashbee Design. I have a hard time finding ideas for St. Patrick’s Day that aren’t cutesy. This fits perfectly. It is a great idea and the runner you added to it is perfect. Thanks for inspiring me! Marji@ AshbeeDesign. Started following you today!

  19. Gorgeous! I absolutely love it. And you’ve even left me thinking that I *might* be able to pull off making the ruffles myself. We have that exact same dining table, and I love how this dresses it up, while being very simple. I also love the candles. Would never have thought of using split peas for a base under the candles.

    I don’t tend to decorate for most holiday, nor do I really change things up with the seasons.

    (Visiting from Feature Yourself Friday)

  20. Love this, craved this when I saw the first pic in your post….thought forget about it because I don’t sew….finished reading and OMG I am so excited because I can do this. Great instruction. Thanks so much. THis is going to look so cute on my Dining Room table. Thanks so much!

  21. Good idea. Thanks for sharing. I love the split peas under the candles. 🙂

  22. Wow!!! It’s so simple, but soo cute:) I’ve been looking for a table runner to make and I think I will be making one soon!!! I’m pinnning this and I’m your newest follower:):)

  23. This looks beautiful! We are so glad that you linked up to “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” Hope you’ll be back next week! -The Sisters

  24. mmmm i love it – and how you made is so quickly….you proved it didn’t have to be a huge production with hauling out the old sewing machine, right? thanks for sharing!! would love to have ya pop over for a visit anytime! xo


  25. I am visiting via Centsational Girl. I adore your project. So clever!

    Happy day, happy spring, happy happy everything!

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