Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Burlap Table Cloth and Burlap Pillows

First, let me just say that I absolutely hate burlap.  I am terribly allergic to it, and it's a mess to clean up especially with allergies.  I had to wear a mask, clean my work area, vacuum my floors, and run a lint roller all over my surfaces and me every day I worked on this.  It is just not worth it.

Having said all of that, I think they turned out really well considering I don't like it. LOL

This is a burlap table cloth with detachable skirt.  The skirt Velcros on and off.  So if you just want the topper, you can remove the skirt very easily.  This is not the table the cloth was made for, but it was the closest thing I had to the real size to get a picture.  I made this for a friend who wanted to be able to sit at the table without pulling the skirt under.  But she didn't want to be able to see under the table either.  So the skirt is made with 4 pieces - 3 skirt panels and a band to hold it all together.  

Burlap table cloth with detachable skirt

This is just a square pillow.  I'm showing this because I want you to see the difference in cutting your fabric to eliminate those dreaded dog ears.  I actually made the adjustment once, and I still had the dog ears.  I think it's because this linen burlap just stretches so much.

Don't like those dog ears!
I went back and made the same adjustment a second time, and it looks much better.

Much better! (linen burlap)
You can get more information about making this adjustment here.  Just scroll through the slides.

Oh, I have to show you my invisible zipper.  It is by far the best one I've ever done.  If the slide wasn't there, you wouldn't know it zipped!

Lovin' that invisible zipper.
You can find a fantastic tutorial here on how to install an invisible zipper.  She is doing it with welting, but it works on just a plain pillow too.

And this last one is just a loose, floppy, flanged pillow using the same linen burlap as the square pillow.

Linen burlap floppy pillow with a 2" flange

If you work with burlap or linen burlap, you really have to be diligent about cleaning your machines when you are finished.  It really builds up a lot of lint inside.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I am so glad you shared how difficult working with burlap can be. I have enough breathing problems I do not need more LOL. You did a wonderful job, you are so creative.

  2. Awe thank you Nonie. I don't know what it is about that stuff that gets to me, but I won't be working with it again. lol

  3. That was a real labor of love, Angela! You did a great job! I didn't know that about the dog ears.

  4. Thanks Jenny Jo. I learned that trick sometime last year, and I'm so glad I did. :)