Burlap Bombshells


I’ve contemplated my Fall decor for my front porch for several days. At the end of July, I did a makeover on my wicker settee, seen here. I knew that I would need some cute pillows for the Fall, because the ones I had on there were very “summer.” Add to that all the amazing burlap projects going on right now…and I came up with these Burlap Bombshells…

Stenciled Burlap Pillow

I am SO in love with the striped one! It even came about at the last-minute. Sometimes, those are the best.

Here’s how I made them…

I picked up 2 burlap sacks at Tractor Supply and for my “stencil,” I went to Microsoft Word and printed off an “S” in the largest font that would fit on my paper. The font is Lucinda Calligraphy and the size was 500.

I had two old outdoor pillows that I had intended to throw away, so guess what…pillow forms. Placing the pillow inside the sack, I determined where the center would be for my monogram and using an exacto knife, I cut out the letter and placed it in the center of the pillow.

I used Frog Tape to hold the stencil on the burlap and used paper to cover the rest of the burlap, so that I could paint my “S” on the sack.

stenciled burlap pillow

I used some cheap $.99 black spray paint. It was simply and on hand. The result…

stenciled burlap pillow

The bag was somewhat see-through and my old pillows were red, so I folded the sack inside itself, to “double-layer” the fabric. The bag was already sewn on three sides, obviously, but I wanted frayed ends, so I made a stitch on the bottom and sides of the bag about 1 inch from the edge.

stenciled burlap pillow

After I inserted the pillow, I hand stitched it closed and cut the edges with scissors.

stenciled burlap pillow

stenciled burlap pillow

Once the ends were clipped, I simply pulled away threads to make the frayed look. Easy…but burlap was everywhere!

stenciled burlap pillow

After I finished my pillow with the initial, I went ahead and made another pillow, but left it blank.

stenciled burlap pillow

Then I thought, “Nah. It’s needs something.” So I grabbed my Frog Tape and taped off the fringe and created some stripes. Sorry, but I don’t have any pictures of that. I got going and totally forgot!

I did the same thing…$.99 black spray paint…

I took the tape off and LOVED IT! I’m thinking another trip to Tractor Supply is in order. I’d love to have one more striped pillow.

stenciled burlap pillow

I put them on my wicker settee to see how they’d look. I am so pumped about finishing my porch for Fall! These Burlap Bombshells are a great beginning!

One funny thing…my kids came home from school and asked what I was doing and I told them I was making a burlap pillow. My son said, “Who in the world wants to sleep on a burlap pillow?!?!?”

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  1. says

    Hi – I just found your site through the sasse life sunday social. Your projects are great. I am your newest follower. I hope you have an opportunity to stop by TheStuffofSuccess to say hello. Have a terrific week. Athena

  2. says

    Oh my goodness…laughing so hard here at your son’s reply…too cute!!!
    And your pillows are amazing! I think they turned out perfect, no wonder you had a moment.
    Saw you sharing at Serenity Now
    Debbie 🙂


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