I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend filled with lots of turkey and pumpkin pie! If you stopped by the blog this weekend you may have noticed that it got a BIG makeover! I’m so excited about the new look, I’m still making a few tweaks but it’s almost there. I’m anxious to hear what you think. Thoughts?
This weekend I finally completed my first Christmas project of the season, very timely I might add. Are you ready for the big reveal? Here are my new DIY burlap pillows to go with my ‘rustic-glam’ Christmas decor this year.
I hand painted the designs on the pillows using white acrylic paint (full tutorial below). I was a little nervous to do them completely free handed, but I think that’s my favorite part of them… they aren’t perfect.
I love the rustic vibe and how they add just the right touch of holiday decor without going over the top. Since I won’t have these pillows up year round, I wanted to make the covers easy to remove so I made them with envelope backs. They are so simple to make, you don’t have to hassle with zippers or spend hours hand sewing them shut.
Here’s a closer look at each design.
Winter Snowflake (crossing my fingers for lots of snow this year!)
And my modern Christmas tree!
For those of you interested in how to make these here is the full tutorial:
What you need:
- 2 yards of burlap for 2 18 X18 ” pillows (you will have a little left over)
- 2 18 x 18 pillow inserts
- 3/4 yard of white cotton fabric (muslin would work great too!)
- white acrylic paint
1. Start out by cutting 2 20 X 20″ squares out of the burlap for the front of the pillows.
2. Paint your design with the acrylic paint directly onto the pieces used for the front of the pillows (If you look closely you will notice the tiny little fingers of my assistant : P)
3. Then cut 2 20 X 25″ pieces to use for the envelope style back and cut them directly in half. So you will have 4 pieces at 20 X 12 1/2″
4. Press a 1″ hem on the inside edges (1-4 shown above) of the envelope pieces and sew.
5. To make the trim, cut 8 3 X 20 1/2″ strips and then press in half.
6. To create the corner pieces, align the two right sides together and cut into a triangle shape shown below. Sew together. Depending on your seam allowance, you may need to trim some excess fabric.
7. When you turn the pieces right side out, you will get a perfect corner piece for the pillow trim. Repeat for all four corners.
8. Pin the right sides of the pillow front and back together with the trim in-between. All of the raw edges should be aligned. Note: When pinning the pieces together, the two pieces of the envelop back will overlap 2-3″, creating the pocket.
9. Because of the fragile nature of the burlap, I ended up placing a thin layer of all-purpose glue over the seams to keep them from fraying and pulling.
10. Turn the pillows right side and stuff them with a pillow!
If you get stuck along the way, always feel free to contact me :)
What are you working on for the holidays? I have so many projects on my to-do list, I’ll be lucky if I complete half of them!