Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Burlap Virgin No More!

Until I started stalking craft blogs I had no idea how cool burlap was.  Even after I started reading them obsessively, even after I started my own, I resisted the burlap trend.  I don’t know why, now…
No more!
Recently, I bought myself some burlap. And oh, the things I’ve used it for…

This gorgeous lamp shade – the project that started them all!  I bought just one yard – planning to cover this shade – and the leftovers have made ALL the other projects!



The “FALL” banner that’s so very popular right now!


Lined this cute tray


And finally…this ADORABLE pillow with a Burlap center. Originally I was going to monogram it, then this bit of typography popped into my head. Divine inspiration, I’m SURE!


Here’s the step-by-step for it – because it was SO tough! ;)

I used white quilters cotton for the base.  Sewed a square, leaving a 3 inch gap on one side open.

Then I turned it inside out, trimmed my burlap to the size I wanted it, and top stitched it on with brown thread.
Like I said, I had planned to put a monogram on this pillow, but as I sat down at my computer to find a font I liked, the ampersand popped into my head. I’m surprised this is my first punctuation project. As a former English major and wannabe writer, punctuation is one of my favorite things!
Anyway, I chose an ampersand. Printed it, cut it out and used it as a stencil with dark brown craft paint.


LOVE the way it turned out. I’m thinking about making a few more….an exclamation point, a question mark, even quotation marks would be darling, don’t you think?


So pretty on the bed!

18 comments:

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Love all your burlap projects. But I love the pillow the best.

Sherri S said...

Love the pillow! Yes, I think more with ! ? would be wonderful!

Sheri said...

Love the ampersand pillow!

Leanne said...

Love the pillow and lamp shade in burlap. I haven't used burlap yet either. I guess I need to just on the band wagon. Hey, I just noticed you live in Utah, so do I, only up north.

Nice and Easy Antiques said...

LOVE you & Pillow...Fab!

{ L } said...

You have completely inspired me! I really want to get some burlap now! :)

Kristy said...

Just wanted to let you know that I added your blog to my feed reader a couple weeks ago, and I'm loving all of your projects.

The laundry room might be my favorite, and I was especially interested to read how you did the countertop.

Someday I'll redo my "laundry room" (its actually my garage) but it will be a while, because there's a TON of stuff that would need to be done (like fixing and/or replacing doors and walls). A countertop for my washer and dryer is on my wish-list, and I'm glad to read how you did it so inexpensively, yet it looks so nice! I'm filing that idea away for the future - thanks!

2sisters said...

I just bought my first burlap, I know what I am going to use it for, but now I have more ideas :) The pillow is darling, how about an asterik?
teri @ acraftyclan.blogspot.com

Shanty 2 Chic said...

So cute!! Isn't burlap too fun??! You did awesome!!
~Whitney

TRICIA @ The Zoo said...

Oh the joy of burlap!
Love that pillow. Welcome to the world of burlap love. ;)

XO*Tricia

cindy@cottageinstincts said...

Woo Girl! Loving all of your burlap goodness. I have a few yards sitting around here, and have a few ideas, but a pillow embellishment will definitely be one project. Thanks for the inspiration!
peace.

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

Go burlap!!!

Sandy said...

Oh, I just found your blog and I love it!!! It is Wonderful, creative, talented... thank you!!

michelle@somedaycrafts said...

I liked this post so much, I decided to feature the pillow at somedacrafts.blogspot.com

beth said...

I am a burlap lover, too. I have done a burlap covered lamp shade, a burlap table cloth, and my husband is making me some white burlap stockings for Christmas. I just love how it looks! Your projects turned out great! LOVE the pillow! :)

Its So Very Cheri said...

I love this.

I am going to follow you and hope you will do the same.

Cheri

Jess @ Floralshowers Craft Blog said...

Maybe I should hop on the burlap band wagon. SO cute!!

ALVN of WhisperWood Cottage and Junkologie said...

Gorgeous! It fits with any decor!!

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