I'm in the same boat, but I'm going for more of a classic appearance. There's loads of tutorials out there for the Begins mask (Just like every Joker tut out there focuses on Ledger's performance), so it's a matter of which one you find easiest. It should be rather easy already, as it looks crudely sewn, adding to his scare factor, but honestly I don't think that the burlap would be that irritating. Of course it's a tolerance thing.
Have you Googled any tutorials?
Red Sniper (TF2)
Wreck it Ralph (Wreck it Ralph)
Tommy Vercetti (GTA Vice City)
Ash Williams (Evil Dead)
Wolverine (Marvel Comics)
Rex Power Colt (Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon)
Plans for 2014:
Turbo (Wreck it Ralph)
Bad Cop (The Lego Movie)
Sonny Crockett Batman (Miami Vice/Batman mashup)
Cheese Sandwich (MLP)
Mankind/Cactus Jack (WWF)