The stuff that we call - burlap - would never be considered for
human clothing - it is very coarse !
Perhaps a 4-H clothing project could use flour sacks ?
or .. use burlap for a pet bed or scratch pole ?
Offered in an assortment of colors, the 100 percent jute Joann
Stores Burlap fabric is ideal for a wide variety of fabric and decor
based projects. This heavyweight, odorless and tightly-woven fabric
is sanitized to eliminate natural oils. With its wonderful drape,
this burlap fabric is perfect for creating a rustic chic wedding
theme and home decor accents like table runners, no-sew window
coverings, apparel, crafts, pew bow and much more.
a.. Available in a variety of colors, each sold separately by the
b.. 48'' Wide
c.. Made in India
Apparently some city folks think its chic to go country AKA
Anyone thinking about making a wearable garment using jute burlap
really ought to go to a JoAnns, and rub some along their neck (or
other sensitive body part) to be sure they could tolerate it. Meh
My younger sister made a slave costume for a Latin Club event at her
high school out of a burlap bag, and I borrowed it to wear to a Sadie
Hawkins dance at college.
This was well over fifty years ago, so I don't remember much detail.
Burlap bags were still used for shipping things, so it was probably
finer than the decorator burlap now available, and definitely a
tighter weave than "agricultural burlap", which is still used as a
biodegradable wrap for root balls and can be purchased at some
garden-supply stores. You have to buy the entire roll, but it's
cheap, and leftovers can be made into leaf totes.
I do recall asking Mom whether I should use a matching or contrasting
patch, and she said that patching burlap would be overkill. "But Mom,
there's a hole in it!"
A matching patch would have been more Dogpatchy, but I can almost
remember using a red cotton print -- probably because I didn't have a
scrap of burlap.
I'm pretty sure that I wore something under it.
There's no point to using burlap that isn't natural color, and I don't
think decorator burlap comes in natural. Agricultural burlap is
plenty natural, but the threads are about a quarter inch apart, which
would pretty much rule out machine embroidery, and hand embroidery
would take a hundred times as much effort as such a whimsical project
The wearing of the project had better be scheduled for cold weather,
so that something thick with long sleeves can be worn under it. The
sleeves are very important; your arms rub on clothing every time you
Burlap sheds like crazy; you must clean your sewing machine thoroughly
and often when working with it.
I've never washed burlap, but I'd worry about clogging the drains. If
I wanted wash the stink out of burlap, I think I would soak it
outdoors, dump the water on the lawn, soak again in clear water, pin
it to the line, and rinse with a hose.
The garment won't last long -- note the once-worn costume that had a
hole in it, and you won't be able to buy burlap intended to stand up
to being thrown around when filled with heavy stuff.
:On Fri, 25 Aug 2017 02:44:01 GMT, Donna
:> I am interested in helping a 4H girl create a unique outfit. I thought
:> perhaps a jumper or dress made of burlap with machine embroidery would be fun
:> and unique.
:My younger sister made a slave costume for a Latin Club event at her
:high school out of a burlap bag, and I borrowed it to wear to a Sadie
:Hawkins dance at college.
:This was well over fifty years ago, so I don't remember much detail.
:Burlap bags were still used for shipping things, so it was probably
:finer than the decorator burlap now available, and definitely a
:tighter weave than "agricultural burlap", which is still used as a
coffee and a few other things still are, and the bags are available.
I've made a few bags out of used coffee bags, and they held up pretty
well. The bags are silly expensive, if you have to buy them, though.