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Old 12/10/10, 05:24 PM
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I Need Burlap

I am having trouble finding burlap to cover a headboard. I ordered some online and it stinks so bad I can't use it. Tried washing it and now it's only good for wrapping trees. The local hobby store is out. Haven't been able to find a local fabric store.

Do any of the chains like Sears, JC Penny, Walmart, etc carry burlap? I checked websites and it doesn't look like it. I hate to order online again - want to touch it and smell it before I buy it.

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look for upholstery stores , they use burlap when doing upholstery.

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Check the feed stores.

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http://mower-blades.agrisupply.com/s...w=burlap&asug=
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Old 12/10/10, 06:09 PM
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Check the feed stores.
They don't use much burlap anymore in at feed mills.
I know ours a Cenix Coop, uses Plastic bags (sacks) to put ground in mix feed in now, because it is LAW (USDA) that you can NOT use USED bags (sacks) anymore.
You want to get your feed in sacks Bring your Sacks BACK and they MUST refill Those same sacks for you.
So you won't be finding many Burlap being used anymore.
I know this because I raise a Jersey steer every other year and for the last two times i HAVE to bring in my OWN sacks (Plastic), you have to BUY the bags the first time).
Then to get more feed I get 500#'s once a month they MUST use my sacks again. So I can't even call ahead anymore to order feed. Grrrrr. These are the same size as Burlap sacks used to be they can put in 100#'s of feed in each plastic sack. And they still tie the tops with the use of a twine. In that special way so it is easy to get it off.
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I saw some at a JoAnn's Fabrics not too long ago.

Sounds like an interesting headboard idea. I have one that I covered with a quilt. Turned out great.

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Old 12/10/10, 08:15 PM
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Lowes, Home Depot and Ace Hardware carry burlap

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I haven't seen feed in burlap bags for 30 years but I have seen bundles of burlap in my local feed store just a few weeks ago.

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Ace hardware and Tractor supply have burlap sacks,you might ask there if they have burlap in lengths.

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Burlap has a smell to it. it is a natural smell. I like it. I love burlap.

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Burlap has a smell to it. it is a natural smell. I like it. I love burlap.
This wasn't the usual musty smell of burlap, but more like a chemical smell. I had opened the package this morning and left it in the bedroom with the door closed. When I went back into the room about 4 hours later, the smell was overwhelming.
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This wasn't the usual musty smell of burlap, but more like a chemical smell. I had opened the package this morning and left it in the bedroom with the door closed. When I went back into the room about 4 hours later, the smell was overwhelming.
I considered that that was the kind of smell you are talking about. It might be added chemical to preserve it, or it might be some stripper they used in the prepping of the fiber.

I would only buy burlap from a place that you can go to, touch, and smell, the material.
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You mean burlap naturally has a weird smell? The only time I have burlap bags is from seed potatoes and I just assumed that smell was from the potatoes or something else that had been around the bags.

I don't think I've ever seen burlap for sale by the yard or what have you. Definitely wouldn't use the burlap you bought, though. Especially since it will be near your head while you sleep.

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JoAnn's had it on a roll last time we were there.

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Why do you want to use burlap? It does have a smell that I'm not thinking I'd want in my bedroom.... Depending on what your actual design is, could you varnish it after built? Seal in that smell?

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gemplers.com has it too. Several different sizes.

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Old 12/11/10, 07:29 AM
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why not wash what you bought, leave it out in the sun for a couple of days (when we HAVE sun) and see what happens.

Sunlight is an amazing deodorizer. You should smell what it does to my washed fleeces!

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The stuff at JoAnn's isn't going to smell. It's a fabric store and they expect it to be used in crafts, not for holding 50# of bran or something.

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The stuff at JoAnn's isn't going to smell. It's a fabric store and they expect it to be used in crafts, not for holding 50# of bran or something.
I bought the burlap from Hancock fabrics. I just checked Joann Fabrics and their burlap is "sanitized to remove natural oil", so I think that is probably the difference. Need to make sure the natural oil has been removed.
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Old 12/11/10, 09:45 AM
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I understand you're creating an indoor item out of burlap; so it's having the oil removed is a good thing, I guess; however, I would think that "natural oil" would be an asset to those of us wanting to use burlap outdoors to protect valued vegetation. (The only burlap I've been able to find comes in 300-500' rolls and that is waaaaay too much for my one fig tree.)

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