Burlap Pillow

The words burlap and pillow should never be used together.  Especially if you use the kind of burlap that I used.  Talk about scratchy!  This pillow will definitely be a “look at me” only pillow.

I’ve been “itching” to do another burlap project since I made my table runner.  I had just enough burlap in my 1989 stash to make a cute pillow.

My pillow doesn’t yet have a permanent home.  Here it is in my living room.


It may find a home on my screened porch bench.


This pillow was super easy to make.  I cut two pieces of burlap the same size.  I stenciled a monogram on one piece and after the paint was dry used fusible webbing to iron on ribbon.


Then I pinned the two pieces together making sure that the edges were lined up evenly.


I sewed around the left side of the ribbon.  Be sure to leave an opening for stuffing the pillow!


Then I sewed around the right side of the ribbon.


Stuffing time!  I stuffed the corners on one side and then continued to stuff and fluff until that side seemed full.  Then I repeated the process on the other side.


I pinned the opening closed and stitched it shut on either side of the ribbon.


The last step is to fray the edges.  I used a sewing pin to catch threads of the burlap and pull them out.





It matches my table runner perfectly!


Be sure to visit Kimba at A Soft Place to Land for “Do It Yourself” Tuesday.



  1. I love your burlap pillow, you did a beautiful job!

  2. Your pillow is quite lovely with the stenciling, and I enjoyed your urkey post. I am glad that young people still collect. So you know about Staunton-that’s where I live! (well almost) Anxious to see what is up your sleeve for the holidays. Have a nice day!

  3. Debra from Bungalow says:

    I really like the look of the pillow but agree with you about the scratchy part. I did a monogrammed runner too and don’t like all the lint that seems to show up all over. But I still love the look of burlap. Great job on the pillow!

  4. Amanda @ Serenity Now says:

    AWESOME project, Paula!!! I could try this one. 🙂 Thank you so much for showing HOW you did it. I love seeing people’s projects, but I also love it when they show us HOW. 🙂

  5. Designs on 47th Street says:

    Great projects, Paula. I love both the runner and the pillow. I also like the “S” 😉 Thanks for showing us step by step. The pictures were great.

    You always have a project, don’t you? Love seeing what you do.


  6. Love it! The frayed edges are too fun 🙂 I’ll have to try this out!

  7. Thanks for the DIY. I was out shopping yesterday and saw so many cute pillows that I want to copy! Just what I needed to get started.

  8. Kristens Creations says:

    Great project Paula! Even though it’s scratchy it sure is pretty!!

  9. Love burlap! It looks really nice with the ribbon!

  10. It is darling! I love the ribbon and the stencil. I love the frayed edges. So cute!

    I love burlap too. Your runner is also beautiful!


  11. Super cute!

  12. Blondie's Journal says:

    I love it Paula!! Something burlap will be one of my first sewing projects!


  13. Your just always doing some crafty proect Martha… oops, I meant Paula.

    Very cute!

  14. Love your pillow!!!! That’s just such an awesome idea.

    Thanks for sharing it.

  15. I DO DECLARE says:

    Adorable! Burlap is one of my favorite fabrics to use…I even had burlap table clothes at my wedding!

  16. I am feeling so much LOVE for this pillow. I am going to buy my burlap and my grosgrain ribbon tomorrow! Fabulous project & a great tutorial!!! Thanks so much! Deborah

  17. Hi Paula- just found your blog and I love your burlap pillow and runner. I’ve been very busy with burlap lately as well (pillows, runners, even curtain trim). Your blog is fabulous!

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