Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Burlap Pillow Square

Time to add some Texture.

Burlap will be the natural nubbiness of choice.

Because I have stained concrete floors and many hard surfaces in my home,
I'm looking to bring in some more fibers.
I had spotted this printed burlap in JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts Store
and knew it would be a nice texture to add
since I like the natural sisals and seagrass, etc.

So let's work it up into a square pillow cushion with a scrunched up twist on the edges.

You will need 1 yard of the burlap.
Cut 2 18" squares.
Cut 4 6" X 18" rectangles.
It will look like this:

Using 1" seams, stitch one rectangle piece to one side of the square
right sides together leaving 1" open on each end.
Like this:

Repeat on all 4 sides leaving 1" open on every end so that stitches just meet.
Like this:

Then stitch 4 corners right sides together.
It will look like an open top box now.  So put the lid on.
Stitch the other square onto 3 sides right sides together.
Leave one side open to put pillow in.

I'm sure you could find many pillow forms that would work,
but I'm embarrassed to say I scrunched up a regular bed pillow
that I bought for $2.50 and wrapped it with batting.
Cheapo, I know.

Time to Stuff it in and Stitch it up.
After you handstitch the open side to close your pillow,
then it's time for the scrunch detail on the edges.
Evidently scrunch is the word of the day in this project.

Use a heavy jute thread and grab deep along the edges as you stitch.

So it's a bit of a twist on your ordinary square pillow.

Eclectic Layering
Mix it up
Burlap, colorful print, solid with text.

The "home" pillow is a homemade project
but you can also buy them from Shann on Etsy.

So from paintbrush to needle and thread,
Let's enjoy making our homes together.

Linking to "It all started with Paint"

Linking to Funky Junk Interiors

Thanks for stopping by!
Feel Free to leave a comment.


StephanieT said...

These pillows are great! I love the idea to use burlap, you are so creative!

Deb Hrabik said...

Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie! JoAnn Fabric also had a burlap printed with skeleton key design. Very cool.

Kathleen said...

That pillow is beautiful! I have always wanted to know how to make a box pillow with the beautiful edge detail. Thanks for the tutorial.

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Just love those pillow squares. The edges are so clever ... and I, too, use the cheapo pillow stuffing/pillow form method.

Thanks so much for linking up to our Pillopalooza slumber party!



Stacey @flickerwhips said...

So cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

Deb Hrabik said...

Thank you girls!
I can see we share the love of thrifty decorating. Pillows are such an easy way to change a look.
Thank you all for visiting!

thistlewoodfarm said...

What an amazing take on the traditional burlap pillow! I love the square corners. Thanks for the inspiration and thanks for linking to our Pillowpalooza Party!