DIY Stenciled Burlap Pillow



Hello My Crafty Spot readers!  Today we are going to do something I love to do ALL of the time.  Work with burlap and create a personalized throw pillow!!  Now, I don’t create burlap throw pillows all of the time, but I am a big fan of burlap and use it on a weekly basis!  Burlap is one of those fabrics that looks good all by itself, but is also easily dressed up.

To get starter, you need to gather your supplies:

  • Sewing machine
  • Piece of cardboard or plastic
  • 14” x 14” pillow form
  • 2 pieces of 16” x 16” of cut burlap (ironed)
  • stencil
  • fabric paint and foam brush

Take one of your 16” burlap pieces and place it on top of the cardboard or plastic.  (This is so the fabric paint doesn’t bleed thru onto your painting surface)  Add your stencil to the burlap and keep it affixed with pins or a few pieces of tape.

Once you have your stencil positioned and attached, you can now grab your fabric paint of choice and start painting.  I like to use a foam brush when painting on burlap.  It is much easier than a bristled brush, and the dabbing of the paint onto the burlap is easier with a foam brush.


Once you have your burlap painted, keep it is a safe place so it can dry.  Fabric paint doesn’t take too long to dry, so you can stat using this piece again in about an hour.

Once your piece is dry, it is time to sew your pillow casing.  Place your fabric right sides together, and pin.  Once you have your fabric pinned, set your stitch to a zig zag stitch.  I did this because I wanted to make sure that thru all of the little kids pillow fighting, etc., that this pillow would hold up to the dangers of living in my house.  (Of course you could also use a straight stitch.)


You want to sew all around the 3 sides, and about 4 inches of the 4th side.  Remove the pillow casing from the sewing machine, cut your corners close to the stitch, without cutting the stitch! Turn your pillow casing inside out and push your corners out so they are pointed out.

Insert your pillow form, and then fold in the open top about an inch and pin.  Set your sewing machine on your straight stitch, and finish closing up the pillow casing. You just finished your new pillow!


I hope you enjoyed this new project!


jenn-pinkwhen-2Jennifer, is a Southern girl living in Louisiana, and is addicted to crafting. When Jennifer sees something she likes, she has a crazy need to try and make it. With her blog, PinkWhen, Jennifer gets to share all of her addictions of DIY, crafting, upcycling, recipes, healthy living, and more.
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  1. It will soon be blue and I wanted to stencil in a lighter blue on one wall. I can’t find an easy DIY stencil to copy from the internet and I can’t find one at the store. I’m trying to find easy ways to make my bedroom Victorian/sophisticated looking. I’m 16, female, and don’t want to put a bunch of gold in the room if I can help it. So got any ideas? I have another problem too: my wooden trim is orange and my parents won’t let me change it because it matches the trim in the rest of the house. Are there any temporary fixes for something like that? Its pretty ugly.

    • Hmmm, I am not sure about the rest, but I can help you easily do a stencil. Buy some vinyl at your local craft store and create your own design by cutting the vinyl the way you would like for the design to be. You can then use this as a stencil. Another option is that Michael’s stores carry Martha Stewart crafts and you can find her stencils in small or large packs, depending on how much money you want to spend. They are very affordable. I can’t help with the trim, but an idea could be to make bunting (flag banners) and possibly cover some of that space up. With your parents permission, of course!