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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Burlap and Lace

While I never considered myself into "shabby chic," my love of lace and burlap is a clear indication that I am. Who wouldn't be though? Lace and burlap can add a pretty touch to just about any room. Celebrating my new found love of these materials, I decided to make a table runner. I really like how it came out, and it is the perfect accent for several of the rooms in our home. As an added bonus if you don't have a sewing machine, this project can be completed just as easily with a hot glue gun! Now...let's get started!
- Burlap
- Lace
- Sewing machine (or hot glue)
- Iron
- Scissors and thread

Begin by choosing the size you want your runner to be. I measured the table I wanted it to lay on, and then added 1/2 inch around the perimeter that would be folded over to prevent fraying. 
Once you have measured, cut your piece.
Around all the edges I folded the burlap over 1/2 inch and ironed it into place. 
This prevents a lot of fraying, and the ironing allowed for easier sewing later on. 
 Sew all the edges on your runner. If you are not using a machine, then glue everything in place the same way.
 Now decide where to place your lace. For this one I chose the two longer sides of the runner to place my lace. I pinned it first before I started sewing. Depending on your lace, fold 1/2 inch of the lace underneath on the end to give it a smoother look. 
 Sew in place!
 Iron out any wrinkles and get ready to decorate! 
 I used this one as a simple table runner.
 This one, as you can tell, has different lace. I used an old vintage lace my Aunt gave me and sewed it on the ends instead of the sides. This gave it a vintage feel and I love the look of the old lace!