Embroider on Burlap for Rustic Elegance

These shabby chic burlap projects include machine embroidery and require little to no finish work!

Who knew that burlap would become a decorating trend? The rough texture and earthy fragrance make it a natural choice for country chic decor. These embroidery projects are stitched (and finished) right in the hoop.

Mug rugs are a fun and quick ITH project. Burlap Hooting Mug Rug from Inspiration Mutz is a fun project using applique and a variety of fill stitches.

What makes it particularly appealing is that you can stitch a decorative border while attaching a back to cover stitching. Because burlap is a loosely woven material, the border holds edge threads in place. Snip around the outside and fray the burlap right up to the border stitches.

Using the same techniques, you can also create a pretty placemat and matching napkin ring, also from Inspiration Mutz.

Once again, you can fray the edges as long as you like and have a finished back that rivals that of many a big box store.

Create matching coasters, too. It takes not time at all to stitch a set. Keep sets on hand for last-minute gifts. Just change the thread colors to match your decor or the season.

Burlap works well as a background for this Thankful Bunting from Embroider Shoppe. Stitch letters on felt and glue that to individual bunting pieces. Stitch maple, beech, and oak leaves on colorful felt for holiday decor or fall sentiment.

Even Christmas Stockings from Embroidery Weekly look fantastic when made from burlap. Cotton, felt applique, decorative stitching and a touch of lace add an element of country charm to a holiday favorite.