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DIY Printed Burlap Pillow Tutorial


Correction… I used freezer paper for this project, not wax paper. Sorry!

Did you know you can iron fabric to freezer paper and send it through the printer? It’s like magic! Yes, I’m easily amused. But this is such an easy thing to do and the possibilities are endless!

We live in a lake area, so I wanted to make a printed burlap pillow with the name of our lake on it. Clean and simple. Just white fabric and some natural colored burlap.

burlap pillow 1 I used a sheet of copy paper as my “template” for cutting the was paper to 8 1/2 x 11. I did the same for the burlap.

burlap pillow 3 After cutting out the freezer paper and the burlap to 8 1/2 x 11, I pinned the pieces together. Make sure the shiny side of the wax paper is facing your fabric (burlap in my case).  Starting at the top, I slowly ironed the burlap and wax paper together.

burlap pillow 4 Once your fabric is ironed to the freezer paper, and cooled, you can put it in your jet printer. Take all extra paper out of the tray first.

burlap pillow wax and burlap apart   After you have the fabric printed, separate the freezer paper from your fabric.

burlap pillow 7 The pillow form I used was 18 inches. I cut the fabric 18 inches square. I didn’t add any seam allowance because my pillow form was not overly stuffed and I wanted the cover to fit snug.

burlap pillow 8 I sewed the burlap to my pillow fabric, using the edge of the foot as my guide. It’s probably about 1/2 inches in from the edge.

burlap pillow 9 Once all for side of the burlap were sewn to the pillow fabric, I unraveled the edges of the burlap to the seam i just sewed.

burlap pillow 10 The back side of the pillow was made with an envelope opening. I took two pieces of fabric, 18 x 14, turned one side of the fabric under twice and sewed a hem.

burlap pillow 11 Right sides together, sew all away around the pillow. Twice for extra strength.

burlap pillow 12Where the pillow will open in the back, hit the reverse lever on you sewing machine a couple of times and go back and forth over that area.  Turn right side out and iron. And you’re finished!

Printed Burlap Pillow Think of all the things you can do with personal printed fabric! Gifts, holiday decorations, pictures… Oh my!


AKA Design



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