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Fringed Burlap Table Linens

 

Free project instructions to make embroidered table toppers and placemats.

Rustic burlap is a sturdy fabric that makes a cozy, homespun addition to decor. It's also a fabulous surface for embroidery!

The instructions below show how to make a burlap table runner, and are easily adaptable to make coordinating placemats, too.

Fringed burlap table linens look attractive year round. Read on to see how easy they are to make!


.Free project instructions to make embroidered table toppers and placemats.


Supplies needed:


**Burlap
--For the table runner: 1/2 yard at 25 1/2" wide by 12" high
--For two placemats: 1/2 yard at 19" wide by 14" high

**Medium weight cutaway stabilizer

**Heavy weight water soluble stabilizer (I prefer Sulky Ultra Solvy)

**Temporary spray adhesive

**Air-erase pen

**Trim (Optional): yarn or ribbon and fabric glue



Designs used:
Choose solid, stitch-filled designs. Avoid light designs as they will get lost in the weave of the burlap. I used designs from the Butterfly Kisses Design Packs.
Flutterby Fancy designs, Wine and Dine Damask designs, and Floral Filigree designs would all look outstanding on burlap table runners and placemats.

Finished size: The finished sizes of the table runner and placemat are listed below, but you can make them any size you like.

Table runner: 25 1/2" wide by 12" high
Placemat: 19" wide by 14" high


Free project instructions to make embroidered table toppers and placemats.


For the table runner, begin by deciding what size you would like to make (my table runner is about 25 1/2" wide by 12" high). Using your dimensions, draw the shape onto the burlap leaving a couple of inches of excess fabric around the shape.

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reate paper templates of the designs by printing them at full size using embroidery software. If you are new to using templates to position designs, see these step-by-step instructions.
 

Position the templates on the fabric how you want them. Leave at least 2" of space in between the outer edges of the designs and the edges of the shape. With an air-erase pen or other marking tool, poke holes in the center of the templates and mark the fabric. Also mark the horizontal and vertical axis points.
 


Free project instructions to make embroidered table toppers and placemats.

Remove the template and draw lines connecting the marks.



Free project instructions to make embroidered table toppers and placemats.

 


Cut a piece of medium weight cutaway stabilizer a bit larger than the shape and spray it with temporary adhesive. Smooth the fabric on top. Lay a piece of water soluble stabilizer on top of the fabric. The water soluble stabilizer helps prevent the stitches from falling into the fabric. See this Fabrics 101 article for more information on embroidering on burlap. Hoop all three layers together by aligning the marks on the hoop with the lines on the fabric.
 



Free project instructions to make embroidered table toppers and placemats.
 

Attach the hoop to the machine and load the first design. Move the hoop so that the needle is directly aligned with the center point on the fabric. Embroider the design. When the design has finished, remove the water soluble topping by tearing it away. You can use a tweezers to remove any small bits that are left behind, or, dab the fabric with water to dissolve it away. 

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mbroider the remainder of the designs, hooping the fabric as you did earlier. I left the stabilizer on the backside of the embroidery so the edges will not show through the fabric. The stabilizer will also help give the fabric support.



Free project instructions to make embroidered table toppers and placemats.
 

Cut out the shape. Measure and make marks 1" in around the entire shape. Draw lines connecting the marks.



Free project instructions to make embroidered table toppers and placemats.
 

To prepare the back fabric, lay the embroidered front piece on top of another piece of burlap, wrong sides together, pin in place, and cut around the shape. Top stitch along the lines you just drew. Sew around the shape two times to make sure the fabric will not fray later on.



Free project instructions to make embroidered table toppers and placemats.
 

Next, fold back both layers of fabric along the edges and trim away the stabilizer as close to the seam as possible. Be careful to not cut the fabric!



Free project instructions to make embroidered table toppers and placemats.
 

Fringe the outer edges of the shape down to the seam and trim any uneven threads.



Free project instructions to make embroidered table toppers and placemats.
 

You can add trim by gluing (with fabric glue) or stitching yarn or ribbon around the shape, right along the top of the seam. And you are done!



Free project instructions to make embroidered table toppers and placemats.
 

I also made a placemat using the same process as the table runner. I simply cut the fabric to about 19" wide by 14" high and embroidered and put it together as shown above.




 


Burlap table linens dress up a table in rustic, cozy style. With your favorite embroidery, place settings become extra-special for holidays and special occasions, or just for every day!

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Products used in this Project:

A Floral Filigree Design Pack $6.97 - $9.97

Available in 3 Sizes:

5.81" x 9.33" | 4.98" x 6.83" | 3.87" x 3.87"