Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Burlap Bow Pillow

Back in the spring I posted how I reupholstered my hubby's valet chair.  Well, I've finally gotten around to making a pillow out of the leftover fabric.  Since I had some burlap in the exact same lavender shade as in the fabric, I decided to make a bow to sew on the pillow that would blend the two together.  I know a bow is not something to add as an embellishment on a pillow for a manly valet.  But I have a small sofa near the chair in our bedroom and I think adding a matching pillow on it would make the room and furniture flow together a bit better.

Those of you who follow my blog know that always give step by step instructions.  I like reading how something is made and I hope you do too.

Using a 15 inch pillow insert, I cut out a square pattern 14x14 inches that included a 1/2 seam all around.  I wanted the pillow form to fit snug, corner to corner.  I thought placing the bow on the diagonal would give it a more "together" look.  To make the bow,  I lightly drew a rectangular form 7 inches wide diagonally on the square pattern.  Going across, corner to corner, measured 20 inches and I added two more for the 1/2 inch seam allowance and fullness of the pillow, for a total 22 inch length for the bow. 

I made a pattern of this and also a 4x4 inch square for the knot and cut them out.

I also cut out the 14 inch square, front and back of the scripted fabric (not shown) and the bow and knot in the burlap (below).

Instead of stitching down the 1/2 inch seam allowance, I glued the seam with fabric glue.  In hindsight, I should have folded a 1/4 inch edge and folded it again and machine basted.  I used Aileen's Fusion Fabric glue which proved to be messy, seeping through the open weave of the burlap.

 To make the knot, I folded right sides together lengthwise and stitched a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

 Next, I turned the knot right side out, with the seam in the middle of one side, turning the ends inward and pressing flat.
 Gathering the bow in the middle, placed the knot around the center of the bow and slip-stitched the ends securely.

Next, I pinned the bow diagonally across the front section with right sides facing up and basted the raw corner edges in place.

 With rights sides together, I pinned the front section with the bow to the back section and stitched, leaving an opening in the lower edge.  Trimmed the corners and turned the pillow right side out, making sure the bow was straight.

Inserted the pillow form, getting the edges into the corners and slip-stitched the opening closed.  

                                                       TA  DA .  .   .  Stunning!

                       The back of the pillow  .  .  .  on the valet chair.  

                            Cozily placed on the sofa next to a throw.

                                                     Front  .   .   .
Back of the pillow, again. 

                             I think it's a keeper.  What do you think?

Take a little time to enjoy!

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  1. Oh wow that is simply stunning, I love the pops of purple.

  2. What an amazing pillow, Gail! The fabrics are gorgeous!I love the purple detail!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Enjoy your day!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft

  3. It's absolutely fabulous Gail! I love how the bow goes from corner to corner. Just beautiful!

  4. Love the purple-gray combination.

  5. Definitely a keeper, Gail. The purple bow looks fabulous on that fabric. Thanks for the easy-to-follow directions. I didn't know to cut the fabric smaller than the pillow form. The pillow looks great on the sofa.

  6. love it! never seen purple burlap, I must go shopping!

  7. This is an adorable pillow and I am glad you shared the details of how to make it. Thanks so much.

  8. Love it! What a great accent on the pillow. I agree with your logic about tying the chair fabric in with the pillow. What a great project!

  9. so super cute love it
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  10. I think it's definitely a keeper Gail. Great job. My husband loves purple.

  11. Beautiful job! I'd love it if you'd link up to The DIY'ers!

  12. I love this pillow! I like the fabric and the big purple bow! I'm pinning this!

    Navy Wifey Peters @ <a href=">Submarine Sunday Link Party</a>

  13. That is so cute!!! I may have to get up the nerve to learn to sew and try this!

    I came by today from The Inspiration Board at carolynshomework :)

    Megan @

  14. Gail I love this! Even though I don't like to sew much, I think I can handle your easy to follow directions! Pinned it to try when I feel brave!

  15. I love your pillow! I sure wish I could sew but the sewing machine kind of scares me! LOL!

  16. Cute pillow - love the bow you made and the shade of purple burlap. I have not seen burlap in that color before.

  17. Such a pretty pillow! =) Love the colors!!
    Im a new bloglovin and GFC follower from "Life on Lakeshore Drive"!


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