Tutorial: Pottery Barn Burlap Table Runner with Perfect Edges

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All photos, content, tutorials, techniques and opinions are my own.


I hope you had a fun 4th of July yesterday!
Ella and I both ate our weight in watermelon, and had a lovely time visiting with friends.
It was wonderful.

I have had quite a few people ask me questions about this table runner I made {I posted pictures of my dining room here}, so I thought I would post a tutorial. It is the easiest table runner you will ever make! And I love how it matches all of my various seasonal decor and adds so much fun texture to my table.

After I made it last fall, I was walking through the Pottery Barn store and saw this!

Look familiar?

Kenaf Table Runner
Source and Source

They wanted about $50 for theirs, if I remember correctly, and I made mine for much, much cheaper! {Check out BurlapFabric.com for great prices} And, I still had leftover burlap for other projects!

Step 1: Purchase your burlap {I love the blonde burlap, but you could use whatever you like} and wash and prepare it as I show in the tutorial here. This gets a lot of the smell out and evens out the edges perfectly like the Pottery Barn one above.

Step 2: Lay your nicely prepared burlap out on a flat surface and measure to the width you want to cut your runner. I  made mine 24″ wide {including fringe} by 67″ long, but you will want to make it fit your table.

Step 3: Begin to pull one of the burlap threads {just as you did in preparing it} at that point you just measured. You will want to be careful as you do it, making sure you don’t break the thread.

{I apologize for the gross nails… the polish looked so much better a week ago… :)}

Step 4: Pull your thread from the entire length of your piece.

This will leave a guide for you to cut your straight line.

Step 5: Cut the entire length of your runner using your guide line, making sure to not cut the threads on either side of it.

When you are finished, you should have a nice, evenly cut piece of burlap the dimensions of your table runner.

Step 6: To get the charming Pottery Barn look, pull out more of the threads from all of the sides. I pulled out about ten from each side of mine.

Once you have repeated this on all of the sides, you are finished!

Wasn’t that easy!?

I think it would be fun to make them in various colors of burlap, although I have a feeling I would gravitate toward using this one the most! I just love the blonde burlap. 

I hope you are enjoying your week!


You may also enjoy these burlap posts {just click on the picture to take you there}:
Pottery Barn Frame and Burlap Mat
How to Wash and Cut Burlap Tutorial


  1. says

    Thank you for the tutorial and links – I have never prepared burlap before using it and I didn’t know that trick about pulling the string before cutting – it’s going to make my crafting life a lot easier :) I’m thinking about making one of these with green burlap now!

  2. says

    Today I noticed on the PB website that they have several burlap Halloween table runners for sale. It looks like a Haloween or spider silhouette stenciled on burlap. I bet that would be easy to add to this!

  3. says

    I love my occasional Pottery Barn Splurge (usually on towels) but man, I am amazed at what they can get $50 for! It looks gorgeous and just as pretty as the PB version. Great burlap washing tutorial too. Thank you for sharing with air your laundry friday! xo Jami

  4. says

    Love it!! Thank you for such a great tutorial!!
    I also love the tray with what looks like a worn/weathered dictionary page. Did you modge podge that to the tray? I’ll check around your site to see if you have it posted anywhere.

    Great job!!

  5. says

    Is this machine washable once you have it finished or will it get all snarled up? My kids have a tendency to smear things like spaghetti sauce onto anything pretty that is on my table, but I love this and I really want to make one. I’ve just got to be able to keep it clean.

    • says

      I have washed mine, but the edges do fray a little more in the wash and I end up taking out one or two more rows from the burlap each time. I usually do mine on a delicate setting, or try to spot clean as much as possible. It is your kids that smear the spaghetti sauce? My hubby is the one that does that on mine!! 😉

  6. Ellen says

    Thank you so much for the tutorials – love this table runner and REALLY grateful for the advice on how to wash your burlap. I wondered what to do with this smelly (but gorgeous) stuff. Didn’t have bleach, so hoping that OxyClean in the wash will work just as well. Thanks!

  7. says

    I attended a fall decorating class at Pottery Barn this morning and they used their burlap runner to start the tablescape. I just couldn’t pay $49.95 for it, even with my 10% off coupon :-) Will try to make one instead. Thanks for the tut!

  8. Anonymous says

    I just made this in time for my Christmas dinner. I saw it at Pottery Barn and LOVED it but not enough to pay that much. So THANK YOU for being so awesome and sharing your tutorial! Happy holidays from Arizona :)

  9. says

    Is this the oyster colored burlap from burlapfabric.com or white? I’m so grateful that I just stumbled upon your blog today! My daughter is getting married in August and I have been trying to figure out how to give her reception a vintage garden look. Thank you!

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  11. says

    Wow, thanks for showing me how to do that. I never would have guessed something so gorgeous could be so easy. Thanks to you, I am going to give it a try!

  12. says

    Probably a simple question for you to answer … but how do you prevent more strings from eventually coming out after the initial 10? What happens when you need to wash it again? Thanks, JC Allen

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