Burlap Accent Pillows

I decided to ride the Monogram wave in small doses.  I like the cute initialled things, but don’t want to go overboard and have “A’s” all over my house.  To ease me in and not be too committal with something on the wall, I whipped up a quick little burlap pillow on my antiquated vintage Singer and got to work on a Monogram design. 

For the pillow:

  1.  Burlap’s funky, stretchy, and SO not even.  I literally used an old pillow, cut it open and cut out the shape I liked without measuring it what-so-ever.  That’s really how I prefer to do things.  I rarely measure and almost always do not read directions unless it’s something for the kids or I can’t figure it out by glancing at it. 
  2. I use the pillowcase piece as a guide/pattern, placing it against the folded burlap fabric and cut maybe an inch or so larger out of the burlap.
  3. Then, I sewed up all sides of pillowcase fabric with a small opening, restuffed that sucker with it’s original contents, and whip stitched it closed.
  4. Burlap was up next and repeated step 3 replacing the restuffing of fluff with the actual pillow.
  5. Yes, I realize that I could have ironed on the monogram prior to filling the burlap with the pillow, but where’s the fun in that?  Plus, I believe it has that cool stamped look because it was pregnant with pillow and therefore uneven when it was time to iron.

For the design:

  1. I created the “A” in Word using “akaFrivolity” font and a little bird created by Oh My Gluestick.  I then printed the reverse of the design on iron transfer paper (Good Lord, don’t forget to reverse the design or you will be hosed!  Yes, I forgot how to iron on the first time ’round and trust me, that stuff isn’t easy to remove).
  2. Turn the iron on paper face down on the pillow and iron the mess out of it stopping just short of burning the fabric.
  3. Gently peel off the transfer paper. 
  4. Your design should now look like it was stamped on.

And there you have it, a super quick and easy little rustic pillow with your initial or monogram on it.  It was so easy and fun that I created a fleur-de-lis pattern and made one of those.


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    Wow cuz this is really greatexcellent work! Congrats and keep it up

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