PB Inspired Burlap Flag Pillow {tutorial}

How many of us LOVE Pottery Barn but whose husbands would kill us if we actually purchased something for full price from this little haven of home decor??? Yeah…me too. 

As I was Pottery Barn surfing, I stumbled upon this cute pillow for the 4th of July. I have also been meaning to use burlap (since it’s so cheap and the new “in” thing to work with), so I decided to make this pillow myself and save myself a pretty little penny. 

You will need:
-craft paint (red, white, and blue)
-fabric medium (to mix in with craft paint) 
-3 sponge brushes  (one for each color you are using)
-star stickers (you decide on size…I bought cheap, small star stickers…color does not matter)
-burlap (measurements depend on what size/shape pillow you will be making)
-stuffing (or an old pillow you want to recover)
-sewing machine
-thread
-scissors
-rottary cutter
-ruler or straight edge



Step 1: I first decided on shape and size. I used a pillow from L’s playroom (purchased at Ikea) as my pattern and cut the burlap to size.


Step 2: Mix the paint with a few drops of fabric medium. 



Step 3: Paint flag using sponge brushes (white background for starts and red & white stripes). *Paint the background of the stars all white first. You will see why later. Also, my flag only has 8 stripes…you can do 13 if you can fit them.



Step 4: Let dry. *I used my blow dryer to speed up the time.


Step 5: Place star stickers on white background and press down firmly.


Step 6: Dab blue paint over star stickers and cover the white background. Let dry. *Again, I used my blow dryer to speed up the time.

Step 7: Peal off star stickers carefully. *I used a toothpick to help me get the stickers up. 


Step 8: Fold inside out and pin edges. Sew 3 edges, leaving one open for stuffing.



Step 9: Turn right side out and stuff.



Step 10: Fold down last edge and hand stitch closed. DONE!!

I wanted to do something on the back of my pillow….This is what I came up with…

Patriotic pillow from Pottery Barn = $35
Pottery Barn knock off = $3-$5 and about 2 hours of time



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Comments

  1. That turned out cute!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. so darling! it turned out great:)

    i am your newest follower!

  3. Cute pillow. I wish I was creative!!!

  4. I love this! Now I want to do it! Thanks so much for linking to FTF!

  5. Very cute pillows! I am loving the burlap.

  6. Love this! Super cute and the ‘freedom’ on the back is adorable! Fantastic job! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party – I greatly apprecite it. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  7. Love this! Super cute and the ‘freedom’ on the back is adorable! Fantastic job! Thanks so much for joining the Sunday Showcase Party – I greatly apprecite it. Hope you have a wonderful week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

  8. I love this- it turned out so cute!

    I gave you an award! You can check it out here:
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  9. “SEW” cute… LOVE it!

  10. This is so cute! I love it. I’ve awarded you something over at my blog!
    http://straightstitches.blogspot.com

  11. How cute is that?! love a good PB knock off. Thanks for joining the Patriotic Parade!
    have a safe and happy 4th!
    Linda

  12. I LOVE patriotic decor…especially in this style and would never pay full price at Pottery Barn. You did great! Awesome pillow!

  13. Love it! I just may try this one!! Thanks for sharing. Hope you don’t mind if I share this with my FB fans!!

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