Do you ever fall into this trap? I bought a couple burlap sacks from the Allegan County Flea Market a couple years ago because I had seen them used by others on Pinterest and such, so I just had to have them. But I didn’t know what I was going to do with them and I only bought them because it was the “thing to do” at the time. I hate when I do that. I fall into that “everyone’s doing it” trap and buy things for the wrong reason. Usually I eventually find some way to use what I bought, but I need to work on buying things because I love them and for that reason alone!
Thankfully, after 2 years of holding on to these coffee sacks, I figured out to do with one of them!
I think the best DIY projects involve using what you already have. This project was totally free for me because I had everything on hand already. (I guess buying things you don’t need right away isn’t always bad!)
Here’s how I made my pillow. If you don’t already have all of these supplies, be creative. Look around your home for what you could use to make your pillow unique!
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Grab this lovely ELLY Ikea kitchen towel and a burlap sack. Measure the distance between your stripes. For this towel it was about 1.5 inches.
Cut your strips of burlap at roughly 1.25 inches wide. I used 3 strips for the pillow and 2 for the ties, so 5 in all. Using a rotary cutter for this step makes it much easier to keep a straight line and do all the cutting quickly.
Next, pin a strip of burlap onto your towel and sew it on. Sew along each side of the strip to keep it secured. Repeat for as many strips as you’d like for your project.
Once your burlap strips are sewn on, flip the towel over, fold the burlap ends over, and sew them down so you have a nice finished look on the edges. Cut off the excess.
Grab a 12×20 pillow form and wrap the towel around it. You want it snug, but not too tight. This will give you an idea of how your finished pillow will look. Pin the sides about where you want them to overlap. Measure the overlap, make a mental note of it, and then take the pins out.
Since you can’t sew the back of the pillow cover on the machine (unless you know of a magical trick that I’m not aware of!), you’ll need to either hand stitch it or fuse the ends together. I chose to fuse them, which takes way less time. First, lie the fusing tape sticky side down near the edge that will be the outside flap of your pillow cover. Run your iron over the tape, following the directions on the package. Once it has adhered, wait a few minutes until it cools and take the backing of the tape off.
Remember that measurement you took earlier (mine was 3 inches)? Lay your pillow cover right side out. Fold it over and pin the flaps according to your measurement. Iron along the edge. This will fuse the two flaps together. A sleeve ironing board works perfectly for this step.
I forgot to add a picture of this step, but turn your pillow cover inside out and sew one side closed.
While your pillow cover is still inside out, attach your strips to the opposite end for the ties. I used one strip for each side. I cut each strip in half and pinned them – making 4 ties – two on each side. Make sure your ties line up across the pillow.
Sew your ties on.
Turn your pillow cover right side out, insert your pillow form, tie your ties (don’t know a better way to say that!) and you’re done!
That may have sounded like a lot of steps, but it goes pretty quickly. It took me a bit longer because I had to actually figure out what I was doing and then photograph each step! 🙂
This is the first time I’ve added ties to the side of a pillow and I’m really loving them! Aren’t they so cute?!
I can’t decide if I’m going to keep this one or sell it. Hmmm…decisions, decisions!
If you’re looking for more burlap goodness, check out the pillow I made last year!