Easy Fall Burlap Pillow

Jann Olson
by Jann Olson
Burlap is such a warm and neutral fabric. Perfect for a Fall Greetings out on the porch!
When I saw this idea on Pinterest I knew I wanted to make one. I created this fun and easy Fall pillow in just an hour or so.
Cut your burlap to the desired length and width. I have a large Garden pillow that I bought at T.J. Maxx. I decided to make this as a cover so I could take it off and it would be easily stored. If you don't want to store a large pillow, the word Fall would be cute. Find the center both directions. Lay your stencil on so that it is centered. Mine was cut out of heavy cardstock using a Cricket, but you could easily print one and cut it out with small scissors or an exacto knife.
I love using spray adhesive to glue down the center pieces. Like in the letter R and A. I just hold the rest of the stencil down. If you're not comfortable doing that you could spray the entire stencil. Just be sure and step outside.
The trick to stenciling is not using too much paint. Load your brush and rub it onto folded paper towel. If the brush looks wet you have too much. Load the brush and rub on paper towel for each letter.
Holding down tightly as you work, apply the paint with the stencil brush. Working from the outside in will help to keep paint from going underneath. You can also use a bit of a tapping motion.
There you have it. . .easy peasy!
For the back pieces I cut one 5" longer than the half way mark. The other side I cut 3" longer. That way they overlap nicely. I turn down one edge twice and stitch. Lay right sides together (The front and both back pieces). Be sure and lay the larger one down first. Back pieces will overlap. I sew a 1/4 to 1/2 inch seam all the way around. I like to back stitch when I come to the ends of each back section. They are the pieces that will receive the most stress when pulling on and off.
Clip the corners slightly.
Turn right side out and use a dowel to push out corners. Be careful with burlap because it's easy to poke a hole.
Voila! There you have it. . .a fun Fall Greetings!
Jann Olson
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