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Osnaburg: The Versatile Look of Linen, for Less



Hi! I’m Julie Blanner, the voice behind lifestyle blog, Coordinately Yours. I share do-it-yourself inspiration for effortless entertaining, home design and thoughtful gift-giving. I’m honored to be Better Homes & Gardens February “Blogger We Love”! Today, I’m sharing one of my everyday essentials – osnaburg fabric! It’s extremely versatile and inexpensive. Osnaburg provides the aesthetic of linen, without the care. These are just a few ways that I’ve incorporated it into my home and entertaining:




A few yards of osnaburg makes a beautiful fuss-free tablecloth and serves as a neutral backdrop. At Thanksgiving, a glass of wine was spilled on it and rather than panicking {as I would with linen}, I simply cut off the area and still had enough to cover my table. Just out of the dryer, it looks like washed linen. Ironed, it is more polished. Use scraps of fabric to create relaxed cocktail and dinner napkins.

For baby #2, I realized I didn’t want to spend a significant amount on baby bedding, but fell in love with a ruffled linen crib bedding set. Fortunately, my friend Lori was up for the challenge and created a set from osnaburg. Beautiful and practical! To coordinate, I lined osnaburg with black out fabric to create drapes.

personalized baby gift

Isn’t the texture gorgeous?

diy crib bedding that looks like linen

a window nook reading bench

I also used osnaburg in our daughter Adalyn’s room to create a little bench for her window nook. Its flexibility made it easy to work with and of course, I already had enough fabric on hand. {Photograph taken by Alea Lovely}

pretty girls bedroom decor

As you can see, I cover just about everything in osnaburg. I love its beautiful, neutral and subtle aesthetic. I covered a craft store pin board with osnaburg to decorate our oldest daughter’s bedroom. It is a beautiful backdrop to mementos, photographs, holiday decor and her artwork and easily transitions with seasons.

What would you like to create with the “new linen”?

8 Responses to “ Osnaburg: The Versatile Look of Linen, for Less ”

  1. Hi!
    I have been using osnaburg! It has been my go-to fabric from way back when I started making primitive decor and it has transitioned with me into my more modern-traditional style. The projects here are just beautiful…I guess the secret’s out! Thanks, Julie, and congrat’s on being BHG’s February “Blogger We Love”! I’m super excited to dig in to your blog!

  2. I did not even KNOW about osnaburg! It will be perfect for my new shower curtain and window seat. Thanks!

  3. Love this fabric! Can’t wait to try a couple of these projects! One question “can this fabric be dyed”?

  4. Where can I find this fabric? Is it only found online? Thanks!!

  5. It sounds like great fabric, but I just looked it up and it is made in China. Too bad.

  6. I purchase it at Hobby Lobby & Joann’s Fabric. Thanks, Nanette! Happy to have you! Sandra, I would try a 1/3 of a yard first, but I would assume it would dye like cottons. Kathy, I’d love to see photos!

  7. Osnaburg is also the go to fabric for DIY baby wraps. It holds dye beautifully and is strong enough to safely carry a child.

  8. [...] – which I first read about from Julie Blanner’s post on Better Homes & Gardens here. It’s so inexpensive and they have it at virtually every fabric store and even Walmart [...]

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