What do I do to stop burlap from fraying?

by Sandy
I have an old burlap bag that I want to cut down into a table runner. I want to add some cloth flowers to the ends as accents or I am open to any othr ideas. But need to stop the burlap from fraying when I cut it.
  7 answers
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Sep 18, 2016
    There is a product called fray check available in craft stores.
  • Cindie Cindie on Sep 19, 2016
    The Fray Check is a good idea. Or, before you cut, sew a small, straight stitch just inside of where you'll cut, using burlap colored thread. Then after you've cut you can sew decorative stitches that match your flowers over the burlap colored thread. Or use the first stitches as a guide for hemming your table runner.
  • Linda kelley Linda kelley on Sep 19, 2016
    I spray with Rustoleum 2x Clear Coat....It stiffens and protects.
  • Katie Katie on Sep 19, 2016
    Iron on or sew a decorative trim to the burlap inside of where y want to cut. Fray check will not work on such a big weave . A zig zag stitch will help but it would difficult before you cut it. If you iron on a strip of backing material, it should hold everything together but you will have another problem if you want to remove it after cutting.
    • Smb228 Smb228 on Nov 25, 2016

      I use Fray Check on my burlap banners and it works perfectly

  • Tru Tru on Sep 19, 2016
    You can try soaking it in liquid starch. You can pick it up at Walmart. It probably works like the Rustoleum but cheaper. After you get done sewing the bag, go over the seams with Fray Check, OK to Wash It, or other fabric safe glue.
  • 153091 153091 on Sep 19, 2016
    I prefer to spray edges with hair spray. Hold up in front of yourself (outside) and spray the edges.