Burlap design elements are Haute (haha – play on words, get it? HOT/HAUTE?) these days. The ability to buy burlap in rolls makes it easy to find, and customize, for your craft projects. Colored burlap rolls are available at so many retailers, including Walmart! Be aware – the further apart the threads are in the burlap – the more fragile it is. It might be worth springing on some better quality stuff for this project so it’s washable and sturdy.
I love the idea of using a stencil and a sharpie to customize these projects – just be sure you have something underneath that can handle the bleed-through. If you cant print and cut out your own stencils – then use something you print out and cardstock or a wood letter you get inexpensively at the craft store.
This tutorial from ThePinningMama.com has good tips and step by step instructions.