September 23, 2012

Faux Grain sack Pillow

I’ve been wanting to replace the old worn out, faded burlap pillow on my front porch bench for some time now.    I really didn’t want to do another burlap one, although I still love that look.    Sunday afternoon it hit me….why not try my hand at making my own grain sack pillow  Open-mouthed smile?!   So I rummaged around in my drop cloth stash, placed the pillow form on the drop cloth and cut it out.     Then I taped off my stripes.


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How do you like my fancy-schmancy work station (a/k/a the ironing board)?

Then I started painting my stripes….I thought I’d be smart and mark  where to paint but accidently marked one wrong spot…(but I can live with that!)

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Once I painted my stripes I carefully removed the tape…..


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….and lookie here, instant grain sack!  (see that “x’”…that’s the uh-oh place)

Then I sewed both long sides, leaving the shorter ends open.   

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I pinned the ties on…got to go back and stitch them on but I thought it turned out pretty good.


Of course, I had to take it outside to see how it looked on the bench.


The other two pillows I got  last spring at Target…I think they all tie in nicely





(don’t look too close underneath the bench….you can see turquoise paint drops from when I painted the bench that hideous turquoise color)!


Well, that’s my big project for the weekend.    I did finish up the pumpkin topiary for my daughter and hope to get it up to her house this week.      It really turned out cute…..see for yourself….

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I’ll give a quick little tutorial on how I made it and what I used later this week.     I just snapped this photo on my back deck this afternoon so I could text the picture to daughter for her “approval”!


Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Your pillow turned out really cute...thanks for reminding me to make some foy myself. Your daughter should love what you did for's soooo dang CUTE!!!


P.S. It's a shame that we didn't WIN last night:(

Ron said...

Looks great, Judy!!!! And your daughter will love the topiary. xo

Susie said...

Well Judy you are the clever girl. I love that pillow. The topiary is cute too. Smiles, Susie

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Super cute pillow Judy! Your daughter is going to love her pumpkin topiary!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

The pillow turned out great, Judy! It looks wonderful on your bench. I don't see the uh-oh either. The topiary turned out really good! I'll be watching for your tutorial. I think my daughter might like something like that.

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Cute pillow, Judy! Your daughter will love the's wonderful!

Diana @ Our Vintage Home Love said...

That pillow is so cute! It turned out great and looks great with the other two!

Kelly said...

I love your "faux" grainsack pillow. I would love to place regular pillows outside on my porch, but they get mildewed. Do you have that problem living in the south? The topiary is very cute too! She is going to love it.

Ron said...

Where have you been? I miss you at Uptown Acorn. Have a great day! xo

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