The story of one DIY Burlap Spring Bloom Pillow!
Today was one of those days.
The days where you are just…so….tired.
One of those days where you let your kids watch PBS way too long,
and eat graham crackers for breakfast.
One of those days where you wish you had Netflix or Cable T.V. so you could zone out for hours.
However “unwonderful” the day was, it was the perfect day to be
…..working on a pillow!
and that’s what I did. I didn’t even use the machine. Just hand-stiched the entire thing,…
so I could sit, and sit, and sit…..and watch PBS with my kids.
OK, now I probably should be explaining the pictures of the tutorial, so you know how to make this if you want.
Really, if you want to recover the pillow like a “normal” person would, with a sewing machine, I would suggest it for the sake of time, but if you want to just ‘sit” and do a project, or if you’re lacking a sewing machine, start by cutting two material rectangles to cover the pillow. I used a white burlap that I tea stained.
Then I took ribbon for a little shine, and stuffed one piece of material over the other and then covered it (over the existing piping) with ribbon and stitched through all of it (shown below).
The back of this picture shows the ribbon stitched around the existing piping and material ends.
This process obviously involves some guesstimating and material trimming here and there. I would usually roll the top piece of material over once and then cover it with the ribbon before I sewed it up.
When it was all stitched up, I googled for “branch images”, printed one off and cut it out.
Then I took a RubADub sharpie, traced the branches and wrote the word BLOOM.
Next I took a ripped scarf (from the GW), and another scrap of yellow material I had,
and I began to make some flowers. (Notice the super tiny nail scissors, they were helpful in the next step).
I then took the circles and quartered them, and took the tiny sciccors and cut them into heart shapes.
This way when I unfolded them, they would look like flowers. I made a cute little knot in the middle of each flower, while stitching them on the pillow. I wished I could have found my yellow beads to stitch into the middle of each flower, but I “organized” my cupboards while renovating the master bedroom, and now the beads are who-knows-where.
I made some different sizes….
and that was it! I love it! I think I might have to make it again with leaves for fall.
It made my lazy morning, somewhat productive,
and then in the afternoon, the sun came out and that really brightened my mood.
I hope you had a happy day. Did yours involve anything crafty?
Hi. I’m Katie Goldsworthy and I blog at Creatively Living. A blog about making a beautiful home out of what you have, turning trash into treasure and using creativity to love the home you live in.
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