Sunday, January 23, 2011

Black Burlap Heart Pillow

     So – this is what I made Saturday night.   

I started out ironing freezer paper onto muslin then printed my “happy hearts” onto the fabric.

Removed the freezer paper and ironed a piece of fabric fusion on the back of the muslin. 

  I sketched a heart around the message, determined the vertical center of the heart and folded along that line.  Then I cut out the heart.  Just like we all did in elementary school!  

Next, I made a 10” by 10” pattern out of posterboard I had on hand.  Used a little chalk to trace the pattern around the black burlap.  Then I cut those babies out

Loosely stitching the ric rac to one piece of the pillow was the biggest challenge for me.  This was a last minute decision and, as usual, the craft buzz adrenaline was going strong.  So, why plan ahead?  Next time, and there will be a next time, I will cut the size of the pillow so the ric rac will work well around the corners.  

Anyway, after I stitched the ribbon around the piece, I pinned the 2 pieces together and sewed all the way around, leaving a 2” opening.   Turned it right side out, ironed it, and eyeballed where to place the muslin heart.  {The tape measure was in another room and, remember, I wasn’t stopping for anything!!!}

 I removed the backing from the fabric fusion adhered to the heart.  Placed it on the pillow and ironed away!  Then I stuffed that cutie pie and stitched the opening closed.  I thought I would be finished here, but no….I had a few more ideas.  
I decided to loosely hand-stitch around the heart to give it a touch of shabbiness.  Then,  I happened to remember the red burlap rosettes I had made for my next pillow!  {Coming soon} Grabbed one and stitched it to this rascal.   There you go!  My new favorite pillow!

Check out this great party going on now through April 30th!

The DIY Show Off


  1. DARLING PILLOW, I ADORE IT! I have never seen black burlap, but I love it! well done. Jen

  2. Yep,you're right, that is cute!

  3. Thank you so much Jen and Wendy!

  4. What a lovely pillow. Love the burlap. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

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  6. This is adorable! Where did you find black burlap? Precious!

  7. Thank you Tammy! I got this at Hobby Lobby but have seen it at Jo Ann Fabrics too. It's also something that dyes well!

  8. Ca-ute!!! Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

  9. You have been featured at SSB! Check it out at the link below:

    Be sure to snag my I was Featured button for your blog! And hope you visit again soon!

  10. Thank you Ginger for featuring me - you are the first!! I will always be your biggest fan

  11. So cute!! And black burlap?? I must find me some!! Thanks for auditioning for OMTWI!!

  12. Thank you Angie! I bet you could work wonders with black burlap!

  13. Super cute! Black burlap? Awesome!

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity in the Earthy Essentials party! I'm including a link in my highlights tomorrow! :)


  14. @The DIY Show Off
    Wow - what a HUGE honor! You have made my weekend! Thank you thank you so much! And thank you so even more for this party! It is one of my favorites and I have enjoyed meeting so many talented and sweet people through this party. Great party!


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