Oh how I love the burlap pillows that are popping up everywhere! With so many lovelies out there, it was hard for me decide what I wanted to try first (and I only had time for one this week). I would really like a bunch of spring/summer pillows to liven up the beige-ness of our furniture, but I didn't want to have a bunch of pillow covers that I'd have to store after the summer (I already have way to much stuff in my attic!) Sooooo, I made a lovely lined burlap pillow cover and decided to use pin-on embellishments for each season (or whenever the mood strikes). I only made one so far, but I love it! This weekend I'll sew up a few more in different sizes. Then I can sew one or two really spring/summer pillows to add into the mix :)
I started with a little travel pillow (I have found them to be much cheaper than actual pillow forms of comparable size), and sewed a simple envelope cover. Because the burlap is loosely woven, I decided to sew in a lining too:
Left plain it looks just like a feed sack. Actually, I do kinda like it plain, but the rest of my living room is too formal to pull it off.
For a little pop of spring, I sewed a little rustic flower from a few scraps of fabric (oh how I love scraps of fabric). I used a strip approximately 3' long and 2" wide to gather into a ruffly circle using a running stitch (sorry, I didn't think to take a picture of this step). And for the center I just took another strip approximately 2' long and 2" wide and wound it around into a coil:
Once the flower center was big enough, I hot glued it to a little round of felt - super easy! Then I hot glued the center right onto my ruffly flower:
I stitched a safety pin to the felt and attached the finished flower to the pillow. Here's my new Presto Chango pillow:
I love the simple embellishment right now...but who knows, tomorrow I might make a few more little flowers or something altogether different :)