Material World: Burlap

Sue Barnabee
Material World: Burlap

SHOPPING LIST

Pillow Covers
Materials listed are enough to make two pillow covers.

  • 3⁄4 yard each of 2 coordinating
  • 45"-wide cotton fabrics
  • thread: all-purpose & serger
  • size 80/12 sewing needle
  • two 18" pillow forms
  • removable fabric marker

Cut

  • Cut one 181⁄2"x45" rectangle from one cotton fabric.

 

Construct

  • Fold each rectangle short edge 1⁄2" to the wrong side; stitch, and then press. Fold each edge another 11⁄2" to the wrong side; stitch.
  • Measure 24" from the rectangle right edge; mark on the fabric right side (A). With right sides together, fold the right edge widthwise to align the finished edge with the mark; pin (B).
  • Fold the left-side finished edge to overlap the right-side finished edge, forming a 173⁄4"-wide rectangle; stitch the rectangle upper and lower edges (C).

 

  • Serge-finish the raw edges. Turn the pillow cover right side out through the overlapped opening and insert the pillow form.
  • Repeat to stitch a second cover using the remaining fabric.

SHOPPING LIST


Pumpkin Pillow Wrap

  • 1⁄3 yard of burlap
  • 3⁄4 yard of orange cotton
  • cut-away stabilizer
  • water-soluble topper
  • thread: all-purpose & embroidery
  • removable fabric marker
  • buttons: 3 coordinating wood &
  • 4 Halloween-themed (optional; see “Sources.”)
  • pumpkin embroidery design

Cut

  • Cut two 12"x42" rectangles from the cotton. Designate one short edge as the upper edge.
  • Cut one 6" square, two 2"x45" mstrips and one 2"x14" strip from the burlap. Piece together the strips to form one long strip. Fold the strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together; unfold. With wrong sides together, fold each long edge to meet the center foldline; press.

Embroider

  • Fold the burlap square lengthwise and widthwise with right sides together; unfold. Mark the foldline intersection on the fabric right side using a removable fabric marker.
  • Hoop the square with a piece of cut-away stabilizer and watersoluble topper. Place the hoop onto the machine and position the needle over the square center. Embroider the design.
  • Once the embroidery is complete, remove the hoop from the machine and the fabric from the hoop. Cut away the stabilizer. Wash away the topper, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Trim the square to 51⁄2".

Construct

  • Position the embroidered square 51⁄2" from one cotton rectangle upper edge and 3" from each side (D); zigzag stitch 1⁄2" from each square edge. Fray each square edge by removing the crosswise burlap threads beyond the stitching.
  • Hand sew one Halloween-themed button along each embroidered square corner, if desired.
  • With right sides together, stitch the cotton rectangles along the upper edge using a 1⁄2" seam allowance; turn right side out.
  • With wrong sides together, align the rectangle lower and side edges; topstitch 1⁄4" from each edge.
  • Bind the pillow wrap sides and lower edge using the burlap strip.
  • Fold the wrap lower edge 4" over the upper edge; pin. Position the wood buttons along the wrap lower edge, approximately 2 1⁄2" from the sides and 2" from the lower edge. Space each button 1 1⁄2" apart (E). Hand sew the buttons to the wrap through both fabric layers.
  • Place the wrap over one pillow cover.

 

SHOPPING LIST


Witch Pillow Wrap

 

  • 1⁄4 yard each of burlap & orange print cotton fabric
  • 1 yard each of green print and purple cotton fabric
  • cut-away stabilizer
  • water-soluble topper
  • thread: all-purpose & embroidery
  • removable fabric marker
  • buttons: 1 witch & 3 bats (optional) (See “Sources.”)
  • witch embroidery design

Cut

  • Cut one 7" square from the burlap.
  • Cut one 12"x36" rectangle from the green print fabric.
  • Cut one 12"x41" rectangle from the purple cotton.
  • Cut one 6"x12" rectangle from the orange print fabric.

Embroider

  • Fold the burlap square lengthwise and widthwise with right sides together; unfold. Mark the foldline intersection using a removable fabric marker.
  • Hoop the square with a piece of cut-away stabilizer and watersoluble topper. Place the hoop onto the machine and position the needle over the square center. Embroider the design.
  • Once the embroidery is complete, remove the hoop from the machine and the fabric from the hoop. Cut away the stabilizer. Wash away the topper, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Trim the square to 6".

Construct
Use 1⁄2" seam allowances unless otherwise noted.

  • With right sides together, stitch the orange rectangle upper edge to the green rectangle lower edge.
  • Position the embroidered square over the green rectangle 4 1⁄2" from the upper edge and 3" from each side (F). Zigzag stitch 1⁄2" from each square edge. Fray each square edge by removing the burlap crosswise threads beyond the stitching.
  • Hand sew the bat buttons to the embroidered square upper-right corner in a pleasing arrangement, if desired (G).

 

  • Align the purple and green rectangles with right sides together; stitch the perimeter, leaving a 6" opening along the upper edge for turning. Turn the wrap right side out. Slipstitch the opening closed.
  • Overlap the wrap lower edge 2" beyond the wrap upper edge; pin. Position the witch button along the wrap lower-edge center. Hand sew the button through both fabric layers.
  • Place the wrap over the remaining cover.

Designs
Pumpkin & Witch: OESD, #11930, Halloween 3, #HD871 (pumpkin) & #HD888 (witch); embroideryonline.com

Sources
Fairfield Processing provided the pillow forms: (800) 980-8000, poly-fil.com.
Home Sew provided the Halloween-themed buttons (Boo collection, #BU442): (800) 344-4739, homesew.com.
Marcus Fabrics provided the orange Halloweenthemed print cotton fabric (Wickedly Wonderful, #R25): (212) 354-8700, marcusfabrics.com.
Sulky of America provided the thread and cut-away and water-soluble stabilizer: (800) 874-4115, sulky.com.

Appeared in:

September/October 2010

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