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Kim Brandon
I am definatly going to try this.
   
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mrsben
Great tutorial and job, Susand!

When my children were young (all grown up now), I used a similar concept for everyday fringed edge placemats. Any open-weave or loosely woven fabric will do. (Preferably washable though.)
a) step two of your instructions (pulling the thread)
b) determine the size you want and add allowance for the width of fringe you want
c) repeat step two of your instructions (pulling the threadS for a cutting guideline) and cut
d) fray ALL (four) edges to desired size by pulling the lengthwise and crosswise threadS out
e) apply a thin line of 'no-fray' to the 'inner' edge of the wrong side of the fabric or machine stitch around the 'inner' perimeter to prevent ravelling when washed.

Footnote: "No-fray" can be found in the notion section of most retail stores that offer sewing supplies. It is a liguid and comes in a small plastic bottle (no need to purchase 'the spray' type). Dries clear and is washable. If you cannot find said product, a thin line of clear drying fabric glue will do.

@mrsthompson13: Re the shedding of burlap and/or use near food. I would suggest using the 100% jute. If still concerned for the above test launder it first using a cold-water 'delicate' wash cycle, let air dry, then iron. It also comes in a selection of colours. (ie: Online Fabric Store.com)
Hope this helps.
   
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K
I appear to be the only one who hates the open drawer at the bottom. Such a pretty drawer to take out. I guess it is not my defined style. It looks street side to me. I love it when a ton of people love something I could not consider. Thanks for the reminder!! :)
   
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