Asked on Oct 12, 2015

How do you make burlap soft?

by Susan
I recently purchased a burlap coffee sack. I would like to make pillows out of it. Is there a way to make the burlap soft?
  6 answers
  • Charlotte Wheeler Charlotte Wheeler on Oct 12, 2015
    wash in hot water plenty of fabric softner.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 12, 2015
    try baking soda and hot water
  • Rebecca Rebecca on Oct 12, 2015
    I'd wash it insideout, piillooww case with xtra snuggle and dry in dryer
  • Sarah Sarah on Oct 12, 2015
    I wash mine regularly and then soak them for a bit in hair conditioner. It softens them up nicely, especially after drying. The hair conditioner also takes away the musty smell.
  • Z Z on Oct 12, 2015
    Burlap is not an easy fabric to work with. I would highly advise as I believe Rebecca was suggesting, to put it inside a pillow case as it will shed something terrible in both your washer and dryer and those fibers will be all over anything else you wash in it. I did find a blogger who wrote an article on how she softened it and by the pictures it looks as if she may have the right idea.
  • 163130 163130 on Oct 12, 2015
    In my opinion burlap is burlap if you want to use it as a rustic accent piece use it in a craft you can hang on a wall not on a cushion that someone is going to rub up against. Burlap is rough and scratchy no matter what you do to it. I look at burlap and start itching LOL!
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    • Z Z on Oct 12, 2015
      @KAT, I've seen that site before. I usually use linens for smaller items. Though I would love to buy some her sheets to use as fabric for drapes. Talk about luxurious. Not going to happen with four long haired cats.