I don’t mean to put JoAnn Fabric down. Let’s face it, it’s the go-to place to buy so many items to feed your quilting-crafting-sewing hunger. Armed with those inevitable 40% off coupons, how can you go wrong? But, I must say, I was never really that enthused about their fabric selection. It tended/tends to be on the traditional (boring) end of the spectrum for me. But every once in a while, something catches my eye. A few weeks ago, after our first fall-like cool-down in the weather pattern, I was jonesing to make something Fall-y. H E L L O BURLAP FABRIC 🙂 Why, you’re not just burlap, you’re burlap with MUSTACHES printed all over you! Come with me to the cutting table why don’t you?
I had just figured out how to install an invisible zipper, so I was on an invisible zipper kick. So a plethora of pillows ensued. Here is how the burlap fabric got transformed:
After Mr. Mustache Pillow came together, I decided he was crying out for a companion. He needed something a little more Halloweenie. Jo-Ann to the rescue again! This time the burlap fabric had spiders all over it. SCORE! I made the throw pillow out of a slightly smaller size (16″ square) and added some piping-ish stuff to the edges (it reminded me of really wide shoelace material – I guess I could get up and go look at what it is called, but I’m sitting on my foot kind of funny and it fell asleep and I don’t want to go through the pins and needles phase, so sorry!) That was the trickiest part – getting the wide (1/2″) shoelace material to be a nice square on the front cover AND go around the edge of my pillow cover peacefully with the invisible zipper. But I channeled my inner Tim Gunn and had a “make it work” moment.
The most annoying part making these pillows? The burlap frays. Really Bad. I was fortunate that my sewing teacher loans me her backup serger. So, what do you think? What tricks do you have up your sleeve to make big seasonal changes on a tight budget? I’d love to hear your ideas 🙂