Sunday, March 13, 2011

Burlap Obsession - Part I

In the past couple of weeks, I have become obsessed with burlap.  Why not?? You can't beat the price and it's versatility!  But rest assured, you won't be seeing me in any clothing items made of burlap---oh, wait a minute....my Tom's shoes!  Anyway, I have been doing some redecorating and recently burlap has become an integral part of bringing texture into our home.  I have a few projects featuring burlap that I will be posting in the near future.  Here's the first----a pillow!!!


I picked a design, printed it out on the computer, enlarged it and made a stencil.  As you can tell, I kept my design fairly simple!  :)  




I taped the stencil on the burlap and got to painting!




I took a short cut and found an old pillow that I no longer needed and used it as a pillow insert.  I don't think I will miss it!



Once the paint was dry, I simply placed the pillow in between the layers of fabric and sewed a simple seam around the pillow.



That was the quick part, because the next step was somewhat time consuming!!  I started unraveling, and unraveling, and unraveling and unraveling.........got half way done and had to take a break!



After a drink and a snack, I got back to work.  Fortunately, I was on the back porch as I stirred up quite a snowstorm of burlap fibers and thread!  Finally, the pillow was done!   I love it!!