how to make a DIY pillow…
I’ve had a fair number of comments and questions about our this DIY pillow. Our burlap pillows, to be exact. *Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.*
Firstly, yes, I made this DIY pillow. And if you know how to turn your sewing machine on, you could make some too. I’m really very much a novice behind my machine, and I managed to tackle this project without too much trouble at all. I like using burlap for a couple of reasons.
First, it’s not a pricey fabric, and with kids at home and never enough $ in the budget for all I’d like to do, burlap is a go-to for me. Plus, I love the rustic look that burlap can add to a space. To me, it’s saying…”we don’t take ourselves too seriously ’round here.” And I dig that. I love to pair it in kind of unexpected places…like with toile in our guest room.
A lot of people don’t love this look, they think these two fabrics can’t be friends. But, to me, toile is French Country, and what on earth, I ask you, is more country than burlap?! If you’re thinking rooster figurines and wooden trash cans with little heart cut outs, yeah, those are country too, but we don’t do that country here.
So, how did I make them? Well, first off, if you don’t know how to sew an envelope pillow, I would refer you to one of the million tutorials out there on the web for making one. Here’s one from Craftaholics Anonymous. DON’T BE AFRAID. If you can use scissors, and sew a straight hem, you’ll survive. Trust me.
This is what I used. You can probably get 2-3 pillows made from this roll (depending greatly on the size of pillow you’re making, obviously).
Voilá! You’ve made your own burlap ruffled pillow. Now granted, this pillow is NOT going to be super snuggleworthy, so if that’s what you’re scouting, don’t even think about going down this road. On the other hand, if you’re just looking for some rustic, textural detail in your space. Look no further, this be your pillow. We use these in our family room.