Style Files // Burlap Accents

There are many ways to liven up your living space, even if you don’t particularly go for an elaborate display for any occasion. Sometimes simplicity with a dash of fun to set the mood works as a great décor accent for the home.

Since I had additional burlap left from an earlier project, I wanted to share one of two projects that I completed. I created miniature pillows as a centrepiece for our dining room buffet, which will have a more rustic setting for entertaining soon.  
Materials:
Burlap yardage 60-76 cm (Cut squares/rectangles, 2 pcs. ea.)
Iron-on transfers
Iron
Printer
Needle & thread or sewing machine
Ribbon-Optional (cut 2 pcs. approx. same Width x Length of cut pcs.)
Metal notebook fasteners 8 pcs./pillow
Filling (Batting see tutorial), Cotton balls approx. ½ pkg.


Directions: First, cut your burlap fabric in the shapes that you prefer with added seam allowance for sewing, (I cut squares and rectangles in varied scales anywhere from 12 cm-17 cm). You will need two pieces of fabric for each pillow (1 front and 1 back). Next, I created images to use with the iron-on transfers, printed them out, and placed my images on the fabric as I wanted them to be positioned. Then iron images onto fabric. If you need to cut out your images you may do so as well.

To embellish the pillows I used metal office fasteners. This also saves a lot of time. Insert one fastener at each fabric end inward from your seam allowance, this will be on the front side (face side). Close fasteners. I added ribbon to the back of my pillows (optional), and pinned the ribbon at the side seams and centre before sewing them together. 

Then turn both burlap pieces over so that they are facing (face side to face side) with image sides & metal fasteners toward each other. Start sewing along the edges of fabric, leaving an opening on one side that’s at least 5 cm. It’s best to leave the opening in the middle, instead of at the corner, this way each corner will be similar and have a crisp point.


Cut excess fabric on edges, and trim corners close to thread edges (this will make your corners sharp for the next step). Turn inside out. Using fingers, make certain that all seams and corners are softly rounded or pointed (depending on the shape of your pillows).  Now, you can iron the pillows if necessary, otherwise fill each pillow with batting or cotton balls. If you use batting, then cut 2-3 layers of it roughly slightly smaller than your pillows. Pillows can be stuffed as little or as much as possible. To finish the pillows, hand stitch the opening of the pillows closed. That’s it!

What do you think of these burlap décor accents?







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50 comments

  1. OH my God, you have a great job Madison, really very talented. I want to learn these things from you. Kisses <3

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  2. These pillows are adorable Madison! They'd make such sweet gifts too!

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  3. I really think they are so beautiful and definitely add a very nice and romantic accent to the space. Wish I was as much good as you Madison, you have gold hands! Many kisses and have a great evening dear xo

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  4. Sukriti Dahiya12 February, 2015

    This is such a pretty and useful DIY. Love it!
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  5. Allie Mackin12 February, 2015

    Oh I think they are adorable and what a wonderful job you did. Plus awesome way to recycle.

    Allie of ALLIENYC
    www.allienyc.com

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  6. Those burlap pillows are fantastic, Madison. <3

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  7. Really cute Madison! I love how you used the burlap, I'm always buying it and then never get around to making anything with it. Your pillows are perfect for V day. Hope all is well with you! I'm finally back blogging again, hope you will stop by!


    xo Mary Jo

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  8. How cute, especially the XOXO one

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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  9. These are just too cute :) I love it :) Have a wonderful weekend doll xx

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  10. The Real Arnolds13 February, 2015

    So cute! I love how these turned out.

    Amy Ann
    The Real Arnolds

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  11. So beautiful! I love things that were made with love and desire! These mini pillows are very cute! Now I have an idea what to use a burlap for! Well done, Madison! Have a nice weekend!


    sunandsany

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  12. I can't believe these pillows are your own creation, they look better than some that I've seen sold in stores. You did a fantastic job with these!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  13. The pillows are so cute! Really nicely presented. You should post diy posts more often.

    www.LUXESSED.com

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  14. alex Turrell13 February, 2015

    This is such a good idea, I love your DIY!

    www.lifestylefunxion.blogspot.com

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  15. Bella Pummarola14 February, 2015

    They are really cute, such a great idea! :)

    Bella Pummarola

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  16. I love simple, cute DIY projects! These pillows are adorable.

    Chic on the Cheap

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  17. They look incredible! What a great way to re-use old fabric. They look really professional, and very, very cute! :)

    Away From The Blue

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  18. Samantha Mariko14 February, 2015

    how cute is this diy! would make lovely gifts. happy valentines day and thanks for visiting my blog!
    www.samanthamariko.com

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  19. Dressed with soul14 February, 2015

    Oh, liebe Madison! Was für eine geniale Idee! Kissen aus Sackleinen, das sieht wirklich toll aus und gefällt mir sehr, denn ich mag so raue Stoffe. Du bist wirklich sehr kreativ und ich danke Dir für diesen wunderschönen Post <3

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    Alles Liebe von Rena xx

    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  20. Aww, you are so sweet. Thanks Lilli. I hope you enjoy your Valentine's weekend. xx

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  21. Thanks Mica. I loved how it turned out. :)

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  22. Thanks Marj, enjoy the weekend. xx

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  23. Hi Rakhshanda, thank you. I left a tutorial above. I'm glad that you liked them too. :) xx

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  24. Thanks so much Shireen for your lovely comment. So happy that you liked them! Yes, these are much easier and less inexpensive to make myself. <3

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  25. Thanks so much! I'm happy to be of inspiration. There are so many things to use burlap for, like linen to me. Can't wait to do more projects. :) Happy weekend.

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  26. WOW! What a wonderful idea and those mini-burlap pillows turned out amazing! You are super talented and very creative. From all the pictures to the written instructions you provided, the entire post is around perfection. Thanks so much for sharing. Loved it! Hope you had an amazing Valentine's Day! XOXO, Jeannette
    www.msjeannieandhercloset.com

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  27. This is really such a cute idea and the pillows turned out really really pretty! Great job :)
    xx

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  28. Rosalind jana15 February, 2015

    Oh now these are ridiculously pretty - especially with the addition of the flowers. And you make it all look so very easy. Love the fact that you are always in creative mode, whether through styling clothes and accessories, making and decorating homeware/interior furnishings or up cycling or cooking. Your energy is very inspiring!

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  29. Elsie Davies16 February, 2015

    Madison, I want those cushions. lol. Such cute and pretty pillows and such a brilliant idea. You are one talented and creative woman. xo

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  30. Burlap is so cool. A lot of my wreaths have it intertwined in it.
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  31. Lovely idea, very good executed, my fav are the sequins heart one. xoxo

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  32. Those look super cute! What a great idea for your leftover burlap! They would make sweet gifts too.
    www.diamondcanopy.com

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  33. Such a cute idea. Love DIYs and these pillows look so perfectly done. You are so talented and creative.

    <3 <3 Mahshid مهشید

    http://www.thankstofashion.com

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  34. I really enjoyed this post, I am sure mine wouldn't look anything like yours but you make me believe I could do it!

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  35. So, so cute. I definitely agree with you on using pillows to liven up a small space. I adore cute pillows and these are brilliant. Thanks for sharing Madison.

    http://www.thefashionstirfry.com

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  36. SHE Jenmarie17 February, 2015

    These are fantastic! I love that you used metal notebook fasteners. What a simple but modern and edgy detail!

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  37. I'm happy that you liked my burlap project. Thanks so much Jeannie. Hope you had a fabulous Valentine's weekend. xx/Madison

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  38. Thanks Roz! I appreciate your comment. <3

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  39. Glad that you liked it dear. Thanks! x

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  40. This is super cute!! Thank you for sharing! I love DIY projects!


    Katherine Lou
    http://www.wanderhour.com

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  41. Yes, that would be great!

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  42. So cute and pretty. I love the rustic yet such a cute look :)

    Lu | www.balgarka.co.uk

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  43. Your accent pillows are fantastic! I am a huge fan of burlap and love when things are made out of it! The texture just adds something unique to a piece! Love love theme is darling!


    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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