Remember when we were all collectively wooed by burlap? It’s cheap. It’s neutral. It brings lots of texture to the space. And, did I mention that it’s cheap?
So, burlap was everywhere. EVERYWHERE. Curtains, wreaths, dust ruffles, pillows, upholstery, table linens… burlap wasn’t off limits for anything home decor. It still isn’t, really. If you run a search for burlap on Pinterest, the ideas are ample.
I must admit that my curiosity was piqued, but I could never bring myself to fully hop on the bandwagon. I put my toe in with some burlap ribbon and a cousin to burlap, upholstery webbing, but that’s about as far as I would go.
I may have been a bit unfair to burlap, because all burlaps are not equal, but my mind was already fixed.
Before I started working on the tufted sofa, I had a vision for it. Hemp sheets on the front, so it’s soft and durable, and burlap on the back. I liked the idea of the play of contrasting textures and complimenting neutrals, but was I really going to use burlap on a piece of upholstery? Not just to support the finished fabric, but as the finished fabric?
In order to buy into that vision fully, I needed to find the right burlap. I wanted to find one with a tighter weave that felt a bit more substantial than typical burlap.
After a bunch of online browsing, I ended up purchasing Sagless Burlap for $5.60/yard and I’m really happy with the choice. It does have a tight weave and can be pulled for upholstery.
Now, it does still fray and shed and smell “earthy”, just like plain ‘ole burlap, but I’m okay with that, since I’m just using it on the backside of the sofa. I wouldn’t use it for where people are sitting, but I really like it as the back.
The sofa is really coming along!
Remember the braided jute trim I shared in my first post about the sofa?
I am going to use that and pair it was some upholstery tacks my friend, Traer, gave me. She bought a huge lot of upholstery supplies at an auction and generously shared some with me.
I wish I had a source to share for the trim, but I think I picked it up at HomeGoods or Hobby Lobby or TJ Maxx or some random place and I don’t remember where. I haven’t been able to find it online.
It looks like we might have another snow day tomorrow, so the sofa will have to wait a little bit more. She’s been pretty patient so far, even though she’s the high maintenance sort…
If you’d like to catch up on how far this sofa has come, you can do so here…