Sunday, April 22, 2012

Burlap Stenciled Pillow

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Remember the other day I told you not to get rid of your stencil?...well here is why.  You can do a 2-for-1 craft day!  You will need some basic sewing skills for this project though.

So when I had all my paint and brushes out for this vintage crate project, I had some burlap on had, so I went ahead and laid the stencil on the burlap, added some blue paint to the white, mixed, and away I went!  It will help to have your burlap cut to size and folded in half before you begin stenciling.  Once it is folded in half, place your stencil as you desire and paint!  I did not have any bleed through as I did not have a heavy hand.  So here is what you need to create this pillow.

-fabric liner (I used an old white sheet)
-pillow form (I used an old pillow...I save EVERYTHING!)
-basic sewing supplies...thread, pins, rotary cutter, machine

1.  Using your tape measure, measure the height and width of your pillow.  Now add a 1/2" to your width and double your height plus 1/2".
example - my pillow was 18" x 18"  36.5" x 18.5".  This allows for 1/4" seams.

2.  Next, cut your ALREADY STENCILED burlap and liner to your measurements.

3.  Place both fabrics on top of one another and pin together.  See below.

 4.  Once both are pinned together, fold in half so both burlap sides are facing each other.  See below.

 5.  Pin these 3 sides together.  I just started removing the pins that were already in the fabric and stuck it back through all 4 layers.

 As seen above and below, all layers are pinned together.

 6.  Now go ahead and start on either side where it is folded.  You will stitch down the length of one side and then turned and stitch just about 2" on the bottom of the pillow.  Remember we need to leave an opening to turn inside out AND be able to stuff the pillow in.  Cut your thread and begin sewing the length of the other side and again only about 2" along the bottom.  You should have your fold on top and your opening to the pillow form at the bottom.

 7.  Now turn your fabric right side out and stuff the pillow inside.  Fold in the bottom edge, pin, and stitch straight across the whole bottom of the pillow.  The burlap is forgiving and hides your stitch well.

I hope you enjoy making your pillow!  As you can see in the pic above, I left the fold lines of the burlap.  You make choose to iron your burlap using your iron on high heat with a damp rag over your burlap.  I prefer the fold lends some character.  In hindsight, I wish I would have added some staining using tea.  I have an old flour sack with pale blue printing that definitely screams VINTAGE and it will be paired up with this pillow!

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  1. Fun and personalized! Great re-use of the stencil. Visiting from TT&J.

  2. This looks so cute! I made one like this for my family room but it was not on burlap.Visiting from TT&J


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