Choosing a Burlap Fabric

Choosing a Burlap Fabric


There are several different things to consider when choosing a burlap. First of all, are you using it for utilitarian or decorative purposes? If you’re using it for agriculture, landscaping, or other utilitarian uses, The natural burlap will work just fine. It may be stamped in places, have seams, or other inconsistencies. You can also get burlap that has a biodegradable, no-rot treatment to extend it’s life. There’s also laminated burlap and flame retardant burlap If you’re using burlap for more decorative purposes, you’ll probably want a more refined burlap. Our shalimar and sultana color burlaps are dyed, finished, and sanitized to remove natural oils and odor. They have a more consistent look and feel, and they also come in a wide range of colors. You can use this burlap for table runners, lampshades, window treatments, crafts, and much more. Printed burlap is also great for decorative uses. Both the natural and color burlaps come in different weights ranging from 5 to 11 ounces. The higher the weight, the tighter the weave. The natural burlap comes in 5, 7, or 10 ounce weights. The shalimar burlap is 8 and 1/2 ounces, and the sultana burlap is 11 ounces. Burlap also comes in different widths from 40 to 60 inches. Many burlaps are made using mineral oil, which is a petroleum product. That’s why burlap often has a kerosene-like odor. For a more natural choice, look for hydrocarbon free burlap, which is made with vegetable oil instead. Take these things into consideration to get the burlap that is best for what you want to use it for.

7 Replies to “Choosing a Burlap Fabric”

  1. Thank you for this. There's a coffee roaster here in town, gets tons of bags, and I can't stand watching them take them all to the dump. I'm also not a gardener, but I want to do something with the big course burlap.This helped.

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  3. Can I prevent heavy burlap from fraying if I cut the edges with pinking sheers?

    If not, is there a cheap, no-sew way?

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