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More Burlap Projects: 15-Minute Burlap Pillow Covers

I’m joining Kimba’s DIY Day — a little late. Welcome! I had a lot of burlap left over from doing my kitchen no-sew curtain project. So I have made a few things with the leftovers. One of them are pillow covers for the chairs in my living room. And — I sewed them! Can you believe it??? I actually sewed something!

I think they turned out pretty well. If you are a no-sewer like me, don’t be afraid! You can make some of these too! I added some embellishments, because I am all about the embellishments.
I had some Amy Butler fat quarters and a really fun broach bead that I found in the jewelry section of JoAnn’s. I think it looks kindof vintage.
If you are interested in making some pillow covers of your own, here are some basic instructions:
  1. Measure your pillow forms. I got mine at Joann’s and they were on sale – buy one get one free.
  2. Add about 1 inch all around. My pillows were a 12 x 16 size, so I cut my burlap to be 13 x 17 for the front of the pillow.
  3. I made an envelope covering, so the back overlaps each other so you can get the pillow form out. Now the back is a little tricky – you want the edges to overlap by about 4 inches. So for the back the length is the same as the front — so I cut two panels of 13 inches long by 12.5 inches wide. 
  4. Now you pin everything together inside out.
  5. Then sew all of the seams, I sewed them about 1/4 inch in from the end of the seam. 
  6. Then I cut the excess off so the seam would be smooth and popped it right side out.
  7. Put the pillow inside the cover.
  8. To make the embellishments, I took my Amy Butler fat quarters and cut them at different lengths depending on how fat of a band of fabric I wanted to make for my pillow. One pillow has a long, skinny ribbon that is tied around the entire pillow. That fat quarter I cut at 6 inches (for a finished width of 3 inches) and then joined 3 lengths together by sewing them all together end to end. Then I turned the whole thing inside out and sewed a seam down the entire thing. Afterward, I turned it all inside out again so the right side was facing out and sewed the seams by tucking the ends under and sewing it together. Then I tied it into a bow around the pillow.
  9. The other pillow I made two different width bands using the same technique as the first. But one band had a finished width of 6 inches and the other a finished width of 3 inches. I sewed the seams together in the back making a band. Then I slipped the bands over the pillow, one on top of the other. And the last thing I did was hand-sew the brooch on to the top of the bands.
Easy – peasy. And if I can do it — you definitely can. And yours will probably be cuter too! I made some other projects out of the burlap. I can’t wait to show you!
Thanks for coming by.

Hope you are having a Great Day!


  1. Jen @ Life with Jen and Ronnie says:

    Thanks for sharing! These are literally 15 minutes pillows. Made one tonight and these were so fast and easy! Can't wait to make more!

  2. Kat @ Black Kats Design says:

    You were caught being creative and were featured on Black Kats Design Fab Friday Favorites. Stop on by, grab a button and show off!