Monday, March 22, 2010

Tutorial: {PB Burlap Cafe Pillows}

It's about time for a tutorial, don't you think? How about these Burlap Cafe Pillows? They are my imitation of the ones I saw at Pottery Barn. Here's what you'll need to make some for yourself:
- 1 1/2 yds Burlap
- 18"x 18" pillow inserts (3)
- 12 sheets iron-on transfer paper (I found a 12-sheet pkg of this t-shirt kind at Wal-Mart for $11).
1. Cut 6 pieces of 17" x 17" burlap. (I always cut my fabric 1" smaller than the pillow size so it's a more full pillow.)
2. Load the iron-on transfer paper into your printer and print the images you want for your pillows. Make sure to print the mirror-image. I made mine in Photoshop, and just saved it that way so I didn't have to figure out how to flip the image on my printer. I tried to match the fonts as best I could to the originals. If you want to use the same ones I did, you can download them HERE. Since the sheets are only 8.5" x 11" and the pillows are 17" x 17", I cropped each image into four, so you'll have a total of 12 print-outs.
3. Overlap the four images and tape together to create one large image. I recommend having the edges on white space so when you pull the sheets off, you don't get awkward lines (like the Panama pillow...oops, it was my first one...trial and error)!
4. Following the directions in the iron-on transfer paper package, iron the image onto one of your burlap pieces. Repeat for the other two images.
5. Slowly peel off the iron-on transfer paper. You should now have this:
6. Lay an "imaged" burlap piece and plain burlap piece right-sides together. Using a 1/2" seam, stitch around edges, leaving about a 10" opening on one side. I marked mine with pins and started at one pin, then stopped at the other.
7. Trim the corners, being careful you don't cut through the seam.
8. Turn the burlap inside out, stuff one of your pillow inserts inside, then stitch up that opening with a blindstitch. Repeat for the other two pillows and you are DONE! Tada!!! You now have 3 knock-off Pottery Barn Burlap Cafe Pillows. Any questions, please let me know!
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  1. I like the wordy one the best. Nice job!

  2. Thanks for the suggestion about making the pillow case smaller then the pillow. It never occured to me and I'm always unhappy when the pillow compresses and the casing becomes too big. I feel silly now lol

  3. Great tutorial! Your pillows turned out great! I love that you used iron on transfers rather than trying to stencil them. That is way more my style!

    I'm visiting from Made by You Mondays!

    - Michele

  4. Very Cute Tamarynn! You are one Crafty Queen! I am always amazed at what you come up with!

  5. I have to tell you - I absolutely LOVE this! Those pillows turned out so good! What a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing!! :D

  6. Very very cute! I love the red that you used too -- and of course the burlap. Awesome!!

    I would love to swap with you!


  7. Those are sew cute! I think I need to add them to my list of things to sew for my couches. :)

  8. found your blog and am now a follower.. love new ideas for sewing and your pillow's are just that.. Sew Dang Cute!

  9. TOTALLY, TOTALLY PRECIOUS! I love these. Yours look just as good as the PB ones!

  10. I love these! I'd like to invite you to my new blog party on Fridays: Come plant your creative seeds at "Plant a Punkin Seed at Punkin Seed Productions".

    Hope to see you there!

    Punkin Seed Productions

  11. yours are better then the Pottery Barn! Love it! Thanks for sharing these. I am having a Spring related blog party, if you have any spring fun to share, I would love for you to link up!

  12. Tam, these are darling! When I get into a new house I for sure want to make these! Thanks for sharing a great tutorial! :)

  13. I know this will be super cute--Love the reverse transfer sheet already but I can't see any other pictures.

    I would Love to do a blog swap with you.

    If you want to do a swap with a project I have already done I am open but if you want a brand new project idea I am booked till May. Let me know which way you want to go and I will schedule it in. If it is something I have already done like my coasters or typewriter keyboard I could even do April 2. Let me know.


  14. Great pillows. Love what you did.

  15. Wonderful pillows!!!

    Thanks for joining Get Your Craft on Thursday. Please join me next week for another great party. Don’t forget to stop by and enter my giveaway. I’ll announce the winner at next weeks party!

  16. These "knock offs" are just as fabulous as the "real deal"! I'll have to give this a try. Thank you for sharing your technique.

    Have an art-filled weekend!!

  17. Beautiful. I love these! I am your newest follower. Found you through Tater Tots and Jello

    Tara @ Trendy Treehouse!

  18. I LOVE THESE!!!! So cute!!
    Would it be alright if I showed these on my blog or do you want to blog swap? Actually, what does blog swap mean? I hear people talk about it...:)

    Rene'@ BargainHoot

  19. Awesome! Thank you so much for this post :)
    I was wondering. . .How long should I iron it?

  20. I love this pillow! I will be featuring it again, this time on on Tuesday, Aug 24th. Thanks for sharing!

  21. Too cute!
    Thanks for sharing!

  22. Cutest. pillows. ever! I can't wait to try these, thanks for the tutorial and making it seem so simple!

  23. Ha! Looks like I was your last comment, and I did make one! I'd love if you checked it out!

  24. So perfectly done! I love the way the red looks on the burlap. Awesome tute!

  25. These pillows are to die for! Brava, girlfriend!!! Thank you SO much for sharing this tutorial with us... it ROCKS!!! Can't wait to try my hand at this project! :D


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