My daughter saw a pillow like this on Pinterest and talked about how much she liked it. So I went to YouTube (if you're not using YouTube for how to's, you're missing out). I searched how to stencil on burlap. Little did I know it would be so very easy. So I practiced "my painting technique" (hehe) and it came out nicely. Remember that this is a Shabby Chic/French Country look so it doesn't have to be perfect. In fact you want it to look like it's been passed down from a grandmother or great-grandmother.
So here are the steps to make a stenciled burlap envelope pillow:
1) decide on the size pillow you want (I use pillow forms instead of fiberfill). For this I used a 12"x16" form.
2) cut the front panel 1" larger in length and width. So for a 12"x16" pillow I would cut my front fabric 13"x17"
3) Now make a stencil using your Cricut or any electronic cutter or buy a stencil. I made my numbers 4". I used my Plantin SchoolBook cartridge. It is really a great cartridge. Love the basic alphabet and numbers. Using a temporary fabric adhesive, I adhered my stencil to the fabric. (the spray will evaporate on its own in a few hours and leaves the fabric just as it was before spraying it.
4) I used white acrylic paint and a sponge brush. My daughter wanted white numbers but I think black would look great, too. I dabbed the paint on, remember it's a Shabby Chic look.
5) Let it dry. Only takes a few minutes. During this time I prepared the back of the pillow.
6) I used Muslin fabric for the back for 2 reasons: I ran out of burlap and I thought the Muslin would give it some stability. My burlap is a loose weave so I was afraid the stitches might not hold too well but I was also out of burlap :) It worked well.
7) Cut your back fabric 1" longer in length and 4" longer in width. This gives you the extra fabric for the envelop opening. So for a 12"x16" pillow I cut my back fabric 13"x 21". I was adding 4" to the 17". Does that make sense?
8) Now cut your back fabric in half vertically. Hem the inside edges that will be the opening. ( You may want to watch a video on YouTube for that part)
9) Put front fabric and back fabric together (pretty sides touching each other). Pin and stitch all around the pillow. I used a 1/4" seam.
10) Clip your corners so that they will turn easily. Turn pillow case to the right side, insert pillow form and voila a beautiful DIY stenciled pillow.
I'm going to do a large initial pillow also for my daughter. We will use a 14"x14" pillow form. So I will cut the front 15"x15" and the back 15"x19".
I found this jute at WalMart the other day. It's called Jute but it looks like burlap to me. Maybe that's what jute is but I love it. I'm thinking bows or making a wreath. What do you think? It is only 67 cents a yard. I'm sure I'll think of something.
I'm leaving on a jet plane tomorrow :)
I'm heading to Atlanta to visit family. It has become a summer ritual to visit my brother and his family out there. He and my sister-in-law moved from Winston-Salem three years ago and I'm so happy they did. Now they are much closer. I plan to take lots of pictures to share. My sister-in-law loves to shop and so we'll hit Ikea, HomeGoods, Tuesday Morning and all the other fun shops. Maybe I'll get some good ideas and bargains. Have a great rest of the week!