Monday, May 28, 2012

Burlap Pillow with Sizzix Die Cuts

Burlap is hot! I used my Sizzix BigShot die cutting machine and dies to create this is easy and surprisingly quick pillow case cover. Bright fabrics combined with burlap plus Sizzix die cut shapes equals a fun Summer look.

Here is what you will need to make this pillow:

12" x 12" Square pillow form
1 yard burlap
fat quarters of four coordinating fabrics- I used green with pink polka dots, pink damask print, beige with brown script, and a funky colorful print
Black wool felt- about a 8" square
Fusible webbing
Embellishment of choice for flower center
Fabric Glue
Sewing machine and thread, iron and pressing surface, ruler, marker, hand sewing needle and thread

First, use the iron and pressing surface to fuse the fabrics and wool felt to the fusible webbing. Ensure that you are not using a steam setting on your iron.

After your fabrics have been fused, you are now ready to begin die cutting out your shapes with the BigShot machine. Choose a letter from the serif essentials dies. Cut a piece of fused black wool felt to the size needed to cut the letter from the die. Since letters are directional, make sure you are cutting paper side up. You don't want your letter to be facing the wrong direction.

The same applied to the bird, I knew that I wanted my bird to facing right, so I cut him out paper side up as well. Since the flowers are not directional, it doesn't matter what side your fabric faces when die cutting.

Now make a nice little house shape to hold all your die cut shapes. I used a 6" x 6 1/2" cardstock template to trace the house on the paper backing of the fused webbing.

Do the same for the roof. Use a ruler or straight edge to create a triangular shapes roof top.

Cut out these shapes with a pair of scissors and peel away the paper backing.

Cut two 13" x 13" pieces of burlap. If you are using another sized pillow form, simply add an 1" to the size so that when you sew the back and front together, you have a 1/2" seam allowance. Once you have the burlap pieces cut out, you can position your pieces in the center of one of the squares and fuse in place with the iron. For the wing, I freehand cut a teardrop shape from the remaining black wool felt, instead of using the wing on the die cut.

Now its time to begin sewing. I created a stem for my flower using several straight stitches in a contrasting "color" such as black.

Use free form stitching to sew the flower layers in place. You are not aiming for perfect circles here, but for more of a scrappy mixed media look.

Use a straight stitch to stitch all of the pieces in place by sewing 1/4" from the edge of each shape. For the monogram, stitch in the center to secure in place on the pillow.

I used a zig zag stitch between the house and roof.

Once all of your pieces have been stitched in place. Place the right sides of the pillow together.

Straight stitch the left, top and right sides together using a 1/2" seam allowance, leaving the bottom open for turning. Press the sides open with the iron set on a high steam setting.

Turn the pillow right sides out and insert the pillow form.

Sew the bottom closed using the hand needle and thread with a whip stitch. Finally, use the fabric glue to adhere a pretty flower center to the flower layers.

Apply fabric glue to the center of the flower.

Adhere an embellishment to the center of the fabric flower.

Thanks for letting me share my burlap pillow tutorial with you. I hope you learned how easy it is to create fun home decor with Sizzix!

Live Life Creatively,
additional supplies: 12" x 12" Square pillow form; 1 yard burlap; fat quarters of four coordinating fabrics; black wool felt 8" sq.; fusible webbing; sewing machine and thread; iron and pressing surface; ruler; marker; hand sewing needle and thread; and embellishment of choice for flower center.
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  1. Such a sweet pillow! I love the combination of textures! Thanks very much!...Nancy :o)


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