Sunday, June 6, 2010

Making a Burlap "Paris" Pillow

picture of burlap pillow



So today I started to write about the first slipcover that I made
which was for my settee
but it looked so bare without a pretty pillow :(
I decided then and there to make a burlap pillow to match the
settee's burlap skirt.

I cut the fabric to size. 
 Then I printed  "PARIS"  in the font "Castellar" at 200pt size.
This seems a good size for my 10"x17" pillow.



cutting Paris stencil

Using a single edge razor blade I cut out just the thick bits of the letters.


Paris Stencil

I pinned the paper to the burlap.  Can you see the burlap showing through the thickest parts of the letters?
I mixed some acrylic black and gray paints together.  I think straight black might be too stark.  Then I painted my "stencil"


Handpainting Burlap Stencil

Freehand painting the straight, thin lines was a breeze.


Next I printed an oval shape, cut it out and painted around it.  I removed the oval and thickened the line partway around the top and bottom.



I sewed up the pillow 
et voilĂ 


French Burlap Pillow

Soon I will show this off on my settee!

53 comments:

  1. It turned out fabulous!!! It would look great on my bed. lol. I need to make me one. But I know I am too lazy to do so.

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  2. Hi!
    Love your pillow, its fab.
    M

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  3. Great job on this pillow and congrats on your blog!! Thanks for visiting today and helping to get Max off of my white linen slipcover~ I loved your sweet comment!
    T

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  4. Wow, your pillow looks great and thanks for your kind words on my french wall art. Don't you feel great when you complete a new project. My stamps are by making memories and i bought them at a scrapbooking store.
    Have a great week.
    Donna xx

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  5. This looks wonderful! I need some burlap pillows, and this would be a nice addition to my sofa.
    Love it!!!
    Debbie@houseatthelake

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  6. Debbie....I will make you one! Buy a pillow and tell me the size and it's yours!

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  7. That is precious! I love all things *French*.

    Blessings, ~Melissa :)

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  8. Wow that looks great!! Great job!! Visiting from Reinvented.

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  9. The creative you is always working on something pretty and chic, what is your next project?
    M

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  10. It's so cute. I was hoping to see it on the settee already :).

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  11. This is so cute! I love it!

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  12. This is adorable! Love the burlap. Fabulous job! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it. Hope you are having a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  13. Wow that looks fantastic ~ I love your idea of a stencil! Thanks for stopping by today. To answer your question about the bonjour pillow: it is an iron on. You print it on photo transfer paper and iron it (reverse image) to the fabric! Super easy. But I do like the look of stencil better :)

    xo,
    Shellagh

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  14. I'd never had thought to stencil the large bits and freehand the rest. Great idea!! Thanks for sharing it!

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  15. I love your pillow! What a great job you did on it.

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  16. Love the burlap. And you're right - black is really stark. Very smart to add the grey.

    I paint with a lot of craft paints and love Ceramcoat's Dark Burnt Umber or Americana's Soft black. They look like brown in the bottle, but when you paint they're almost a warm black.

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  17. What a great tutotial! So pretty.

    Thanks for linking up to Saturday is Crafty Day!
    Laura @ along for the ride

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  18. Fabulous...
    We must be on the same wavelink!
    xoxo~Kathy @
    Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  19. What a great idea! love the sofa and pillow x
    Mouse

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  20. great tute! I love how your pillow turned out! it's fabulous.
    gail

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  21. It's me again, I'd love it if you'd add this to Fabric Fun Thursday!

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  22. I need to make one like this! It'd go great in my house!

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  23. Lovely, the great thing about burlap pillows is you can put them anywhere and they look fab!
    Tracey

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  24. Hi,
    thanks for you lovely comments on my blog. I love your pillow.
    The great thing about freezer paper is you make your stencil the same way you have done but then iron it in place - it is so easy and foolproof (which I need!). Only thing is you can only use it once.
    I'll say hello to France for you!
    ~Sam

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  25. Your pillow looks great - I have been meaning to do something similar and you just gave me the nudge! Thanks so much for linking this up too!

    Chelsea

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  26. Found you on New Friend Friday; that pillow looks great. Very cute!

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  27. very cute! Love the look of freehanded painting. So pretty.

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  28. Coming by from NFF...luv this beautiful pillow that you made! Hope you have a wonderful weekend:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  29. Turned out great.Lovely idea.Andrea

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  30. That pillow has turned out great. Love the font.

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  31. Great tutorial, I love your pillow. It looks so frenchy. Hugs, Marty

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  32. It turned out great! And very chic.

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  33. LOVE your pillow!! Can't wait to read more of your blog!!

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  34. Great idea & it turned out beautifully! :)

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  35. Great job! It turned out beautifully.

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  36. Very nice! Happy Retirement! I'm so glad that you get to use your time your way!

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  37. Wow, impressive! You did a lot of work on that and it turned out so great!!

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  38. I've been dying to make one of these! You make it seem so simple (which I know it's NOT!) Found you on All Things Related!

    Kathleen
    http://charmbraceletdiva.blogspot.com

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  39. Merci Beaucoup for the great idea!! My daughter's birthday is coming up and now I know two things I am going to make her. Two pillows - Paris on one and Bonjour or Montreal on the second.....
    Merci Beaucoup encore!! Susan

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  40. Great job!
    Thanks for sharing @ Anything Related!

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  41. Very charming and what a great way to make it. Thanks for sharing. I can think of so many ways to use this great idea. Caught up with you on The Girl Creative.

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  42. Such a pretty pillow! I'm so glad that I found you. A new blog to follow.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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  43. How cute is this?! You're a very creative gal, and I'm enjoying gleaning these new, crafty ideas from your site! I just may have to make one that says "Heaven's Walk" on it!

    Thank you so much sharing... :)

    xoxo laurie@heavenswalk

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  44. How neat! Love your blog!
    Have a great day!
    Leticia

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  45. You did a great job!
    Beautiful!
    You are very crafty :)
    Thank you for linking up.
    Hugs
    Frenchy

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  46. Lovely!!
    Thank's for the tutorial. I am always looking for ways to use stencil in wood and material and this was so simple, and it looks so great!!!
    xoxox
    Maria

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  47. i have been wondering how to do this- you make it look so easy :-) Thank you for sharing your talents with us- I love it.

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  48. Cute! Thanks for linking @Creative Itch's "Sew Cute Tuesday"!

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  49. aww just looked to see when this was posted and it was when i started my blog. I love burlap I think I mentioned this already but love this pillow. I can do pillws lol
    Christy
    Home-Mom.com
    come hop with me tomorrow ;)

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  50. That is a great idea. It has such a cool look and seems fun to make at the same time. I do need new pillows for my living room (my current ones I bought from a catalog and are loved and starting to rip open) and this could have a great look! Thank you for linking to It's Stinkin' Cute Craft Thursday!

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  51. This is Awesome ! Both projects turned out Beautifully ! I am going to attempt a Wing Chair slip cover soon as well
    ~MA

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