This is by far my favorite handmade gift this season and I’m just getting started! I’m making a ton of these and if you are related to me, there may be some burlap in your future.
I’ve only bought burlap once. It’s a long story, but it involves me, a children’s Christmas program and an ornery 5 year old dressed up like a camel. So, you could say I’ve been a little slow to the whole use-burlap-in-your-home-decor-fad.
My friend Karen and I made these right before Thanksgiving:
So, here’s what I came up with:
Supplies: Freezer paper (you can read how to use it here)
Burlap -any fabric store (even Wal Mart)
In 6 easy steps, here we go:
- Print out a letter (For the “C” pillow above, I used the Edwardian Script font and sized it at 400 in a Word document), lay freezer paper of the letter, cut it out with an X-acto (this is definitely the hardest part).
- Place the freezer paper stencil over the burlap square (all my pillows are different sizes, burlap is so forgiving) and make sure you put something under the burlap because the paint will bleed through.
- Iron the paper onto the burlap (freezer paper lightly sticks waxy side down)
- Paint the letter. After it dries, peel off the freezer paper.
- Sew the pillow pieces together, leaving room to stuff and about a 1″ hem.
- Fray the edges (the 1″ you left from the seam). This is the fun part. Just pull the threads and they unravel in a most becoming frayed edge!
Nice gift, eh?