You probably can't tell from the above photo, but my burlap has metallic gold threads running through it!
After gathering your supplies, you'll need to measure and cut your fabric. Measure the length and width of your pillow form, and add one inch to each measurement for your seam allowance. This is the size of the piece of fabric you'll cut. You'll need two pieces (a front and a back) for each pillow you are making. My pillow form measured 13.5 inches buy 20 inches, so I cut 14.5" x 21" pieces. I was making two pillows, so I cut four pieces. Click here to see how to cut burlap in a straight line.
Next is the fun part - stenciling. In order to keep your design centered, you should find and mark the center of your fabric. A water soluble marking pen would be ideal for this, but I couldn't find one, so I used tape and a pen.
In a well ventilated area, spray the back side of your stencils with the adhesive. Follow the directions on the can to achieve a repositionable hold.
Figure out what will be the center of your word or design, and position that area over the center mark you made. I chose to stencil the word "JOLLY," so my center was the first letter L.
Once your stencil is securely in place, remove your tape. Dip your pouncer lightly in the paint, and begin to gently tap it onto the fabric. When you have your first letter filled in, move on to the next, and so on.
When you're finished stenciling, it's time to sew the pillow together. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of the sewing process, but it's very basic. You just put the front and back of your fabric together, with the right sides of the fabric facing one another. In other words, the stencil will be on the inside and you shouldn't see it.
Then, sew the top and two sides together using a 1/2 inch seam allowance. When you are ready to sew the bottom edge, leave about 10 inches (depending on how wide your pillow is) along the center of the bottom edge unsewn so that you can insert your pillow form.
Insert your pillow form and sew the bottom edge shut by hand and you're finished. You've got yourself a unique holiday pillow that looks like it was purchased from a high end catalog store.
To complement my green "JOLLY" pillow, I made a red "HOLLY" pillow.
I really wish the pictures showed the metallic detail of the burlap. It really makes the pillows special.
I just love my new Holly Jolly Pillows, but that's not all I've been doing around here to prepare for Christmas. I hope you'll check back over the next week to see my family room and mantel, dining room, and exterior. I can't wait to share everything else with you!