Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Burlap Week: Day 2..."FAUX SEW" Burlap Pillow Cover

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BURLAP WEEK DAY 1: Deconstructed French Chaise
BURLAP WEEK DAY 2: "Faux Sew" Burlap Pillow Cover
BURLAP WEEK DAY 3: Plaid Pattern Burlap Coaster
BURLAP WEEK DAY 4: Burlap & Jute Placemat
BURLAP WEEK DAY 5: Burlap Tissue Box Cover
BURLAP WEEK DAY 6: Burlap Earring Display

Okay, well this is not exactly "no sew," but it doesn't take great sewing talent, so I am officially coining the term "Faux Sew" to describe my lack of real sewing talents.

  • Bolster pillow
  • Scrap piece of burlap that will fit around the bolster
  • Scissors
  • Jute twine
  • Straight upholstery needle

I have to admit, I kind of winged this as I went. I really had no set plan, but here is what I did...

I eyeballed how much burlap I needed and cut the burlap to size.

Here is the straight upholstery needle, in case you haven't used one before. In my mind, it's kind of like the needle's version of safety scissors for kids. It's a jumbo sized needle that is easy to handle!

I threaded the jute twine through the eye of the needle,...

then put a simple knot in one end of the twine.

I rolled the burlap around the bolster.

Starting underneath, I took the needle up through where the two ends of the fabric overlapped about 1/2" to 1".

Then I pushed the needle down through the fabric just past the edge of the where the top piece of fabric overlaps the bottom piece. I followed that process all the way down the length of the pillow.

To faux sew the pillow cover ends, I created 1" stitches as shown in the photo above. You'll have to excuse my lack of detailed instruction. I really don't know how to explain it in a way that makes sense. Hopefully, the photo makes up for my lack of proper sewing terminology. The process you see in the photo above is the process I simply continued around the entire end of the pillow cover.

I pulled the twine to gather the fabric together.

Then I took the same piece of twine and threaded it through these pockets created by gathering the fabric in the previous steps.

Once I was happy with it, I tied the end of the twine and fluffed up the pucker at the end.
I repeated the process on the other end.

Here's what it looked like.

You can see it's not perfect, but in the wise words of The Nester,
"It doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful!"

After looking at it for a while, I thought it could use a little embellishment.

I had this scrap piece that I had cut off the end of the burlap fabric.

A simple loopty-loop and there you have it!
A simple, rustic, "faux sew" burlap pillow cover!
So easy that even I can do it!


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  1. Well, that is just gosh-darned CUTE! Love it! xo Diana

  2. That is cute. I could maybe handle sewing that way.

  3. Love the pillow! Guess that's because I LOVE burlap!

  4. Love this!! Love it love it!! I'll be back over to link up a burlap project~ come share at Feathered Nest Friday too!

  5. My ruffled burlap tablecloth is linked up~ thanks for hosting! :)

  6. Super cute, Amy! I love the texture with your other pillow and couch!

  7. I love it, Amy. Sometimes the projects that we just wing turn out the best. Your photography is SO good too! I'll let my peeps (who are probably your peeps) know that it's burlap month over here! Thanks for linking up. xo Jami

  8. Cutest retro pillow ever. My mom always wanted to make something like this but didn't know how I'll let her know about your guide.

    -Zane of ontario honey


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