Repurposing Old Burlap Sacks into Rustic Throw Pillows
I have always loved the look and feel of burlap. The natural, organic texture adds warmth and rustic charm to any space. As I was decluttering my home, I came across a stack of old burlap sacks that I had been saving but wasn’t sure what to do with. That’s when I had the idea to repurpose them into throw pillows!
The first step was to gather the materials I would need. For each pillow, I needed:
- One burlap sack (I used feed sacks and coffee bean sacks)
- Polyester fiberfill to stuff the pillows
- Thread that matched the burlap color
- A sewing needle
I also picked up some acrylic paint in earthy tones like tan, brown, and light green to decorate the pillows.
Preparing the Burlap
Before sewing the pillows, I needed to prep the burlap sacks. I started by cutting open the sacks along the seams to lay them flat.
Next, I washed the burlap on a gentle cycle to soften it up and remove any dust or odors. Burlap can be scratchy so washing is an important step.
Once washed and dried, I ironed the burlap on a medium heat setting to remove any creases or wrinkles.
Creating the Pillow Template
To sew the burlap into a pillow cover, I needed to create a template. I measured and cut out rectangular pieces of paper to create a guide.
For a standard pillow size, I cut the paper to 18 inches by 18 inches. Adjust your dimensions based on the pillow form size you are using.
Sewing the Pillow Covers
With my template ready, it was time to sew the burlap pieces into covers. I layered two burlap pieces with the template and pinned the corners to hold it in place.
Using a straight stitch and 1/2 inch seam allowance, I sewed around the edges, leaving one short edge open. I trimmed the corners to reduce bulk and give the pillow a clean, finished look.
Turning the cover right side out, I pressed it flat with my iron.
Adding Painted Details
To decorate the burlap pillow covers, I used acrylic paint to add rustic accents.
I painted simple designs like lines, dots, and geometric shapes using a stenciling brush. I concentrated the painted details towards the center and let the natural burlap show along the outer edges.
Once the paint dried, I distressed the designs by gently sanding to create a faded, timeworn look.
Inserting and Finishing the Pillows
With the covers ready, the last step was inserting a pillow form into each one. I used a 20 inch square pillow form for a plump, cozy shape.
Making sure the insert fit snugly, I then hand-sewed the opening closed.
Displaying My Burlap Throw Pillows
I am so pleased with how my repurposed burlap pillows turned out! They add natural texture and rustic charm to my living room.
I love that the pillows gave new life and purpose to materials I already had. Upcycling the coffee sacks and feed bags was an eco-friendly choice too.
The best part is that this burlap craft was so easy to do. With just some basic sewing skills and acrylic paints, I was able to create these beautiful accent pillows. I can’t wait to make more in different colors and sizes for all the rooms in my home!