Problem: It's itchy.Solution: Burlap's scratchy feel makes it a poor choice for pillows, seat cushions, furniture or anything else that comes into contact with skin. You can try looking for burlap in different thread counts, and there are also treated and untreated varieties; some of these options may yield a softer material. Unfortunately, at basic craft stores the selection will be very limited. A better choice for skin contact is to select linens and other utility fabrics that mimic the textural quality of burlap without the uncomfortable feel.Design detail: Bring burlap into your decor in other ways, such as curtains. The transparent nature of the material will let in natural light but still provide plenty of privacy. The rustic quality makes it perfect for a country kitchen, like this example.