How to Make Your Own Burlap Pillows and Stencil on Burlap

Making your own pillows is a great way to update your sofa, bed or even chairs around the dining table.  You can make them all the same or mix and match the designs.  Crew Member Viktoriya Porechnaya shows us how simple it is to stencil onto burlap.  Viktoriya choose a vintage country motif but you can choose modern lettering, subway lettering, trendy, rustic, etc.  The possibilities are endless!  Painting on burlap is not the easiest thing unless you know the trick….use Tattered Angels High Impact Paints or Decor & DIY Paints.  The High Impact Paints were developed specifically for painting on burlap and then it was discovered they were perfect for many other surfaces and applications.  The new Decor & DIY Paint is also a great option for painting burlap and other porous surfaces.  Burlap is loosely woven making it a bit difficult to paint on and the fabric itself loves to pull the paint in, so choosing the right paint is key.  You will also want to choose lettering and stencils that have some thickness to them, soft and wispy are not the best option when applying to burlap as the thin parts seem to disappear.

Finished burlap painted pillow

Here is a simple and easy to make pillowcase. All you will need is a piece of burlap, some acrylic paints, a few stencils, and you can make your own custom designed home decor pillowcases.
Materials Used:
Canvas Corp – Burlap Fabric – 30″ x36″
Tattered Angels DIY paint – Ivory, Cerulcan and Scarlet
Canvas Corp – Waxed Cotton Cord – White
Tools Used:
Paint brushes and sponges
Sewing machine
Tattered Angels DIY paint
Step 1 – Cut a piece of burlap. Size = size of your pillow x 2 + 4″ for wrapping + 0.5″ for seam allowance on all sides.  You can also purchase a pre-made pillow cover from Canvas Corp in burlap or canvas.
 Step 2 - DIY pillow
Step 2 – Make sure the surface you are working on is flat and then paint one branch using a stencil with the Ivory DIY paint and a sponge.
Step 3- Painted Pillow
Step 3 – Add a second branch to create a wreath.
Step 4 - DIY painted pillow
Step 4 – Paint the title ‘Home Sweet Home’ in the center.
Step 5 - Stencil painted pillow
Step 5 – Add small flowers with blue paint, a flower stencil, and brush.
Step 6 - Painted pillow
Step 6 – Add berries with red paint and a small brush.
Step 7 - Burlap pillow
Step 7 – Sew around three of the sides on the back, leaving one side free to stuff the pillow case
Step 8 - Burlap pillow
Step 8 – cut the corner, and then turn it right side out.
Step 9 - burlap painted pillow
Step 9 – Use the white cord to sew a bow to the center. That’s all!
If you have pillows that are stuffed well but you are ready for a change, measure the outside and make pillow covers or you can buy pillow forms.
To see more great pillow projects – Canvas Corp Creative Pillows





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