The burlap pillow came from Pottery Barn. I couldn't find it anymore, but one very similar was on sale for $30. That just makes me gasp....I think $10 for a pillow is pricey. (I know...cheap, disgustedly cheap) I decided to make my own. It took two tried, but I am pretty pleased with my final product.
But let me start at the beginning with try number one. First I hunted and hunted for burlap. I found it everywhere, but it was rough with a very open weave. I just didn't see it making a great pillow. However, I forged ahead. I cut out my pillow, taped off some lines and painted some red stripes. After sewing and adding buttons, I had a pretty good imitation....but like I predicted....
...it was rough...
...it snagged easily...
...and was generally just too rustic for my tastes.
I thought I would look up vintage grain sack textiles and maybe invest in one or two to make a pillow, but holy cow are they expensive. Nope, I could not do that when I knew my family was going to toss it around and my dog was going to sleep on it. So back to the DIY drawing board. This time I decided to use some leftover canvas drop cloth I had. (Drop cloth is super inexpensive and you get tons.) This time I decided to go at a different way.
After cutting out my material. I cut strips of freezer paper in the widths I wanted. (Tape was too thick and trying to thin the width by cutting it was impossible.) I ironed the freezer paper onto the material. (Did you know that freezer paper can be ironed onto material for a stencil? It is awesome.)
I then used a red Sharpie to fill in the lines. It went very fast. I also learned not to stop but to work quickly to avoid stoppage marks.
Altogether I paid less than $5 for two pillows. The drop cloth cost about $10 for about 12 feet of great material so material for these pillows was really just pennies. I buy pillows for around -$1-$2 at thrift stores for the stuffing and pillow forms. The buttons came from my stash. I probably paid the most for the Sharpie marker ($3) I have no idea if the Sharpie will fade if I wash it, but in all reality I will probably tire of the pillow before I need to wash it!