Burlap Sack Pillow Cover

Monday, July 2, 2012

Did you know it was over 100 degrees in NC this weekend?  Well, it was and I have the heat rash to prove it.  Weather that hot calls for an indoor project.

See this older picture of our living room?  Well, we've had those same pillows on our sofa for years and I decided it was time to change them up.

Enter these burlap sacks I found at an antiques festival back in April (as seen here).

I took the pillow forms out of the old pillow covers and measured them:  20".  Have you ever tried to write on burlap?  Well, I'm here to tell you that it doesn't work so well.  Instead, I took some 8.5 x 11 sheets of paper and taped them together into a 20 x 20 square, which I then placed on top of the burlap sack and cut around.

Worked like a charm!

I'm a big fan of the envelope back, seeing as how I haven't mastered zippers yet.  But even if I had, I don't really see the need to waste a zipper on a pillow cover when you could just do it this way.  So, for the back, I cut two pieces 20" wide, then one 4" longer than the other.  As long as they overlap about 4", then you shouldn't have any pillow showing through.  To be honest, I didn't even measure them, I just eyeballed it, overlapped them, sewed the open edges with a zig zag stitch and called it done.

Then I laid all my pieces out and sewed all the way around.  The most wonderful thing about envelope backed pillow covers is that you don't have to leave a hole for turning, which means no hand stitching, which means I'm a happy camper!


I haven't gotten around to making the other one yet, but it's on the to-do list.  I love the rustic texture burlap brings to a space but the smell reminds me of elementary school field day and one too many potato sack face plants.

What were you guys up to this weekend?  Was it stifling hot where you live?


  1. So cute! I bought two corn sacks from an antique fair and I need to get started on them for a project! Great job!

  2. Oh my goodness! Love, love, love it!!