My daughter, Kaleigh, found this burlap sack at an antique mall in Oklahoma City, called The Rink. She knew immediately she wanted it made into a pillow. She loved the colors used of the graphics. This coffee sack came from Manizales, Columbia. It even came with a few coffee beans still in it!
The sack measured approximately 36″ long x 28″ wide. I debated on whether to make several pillows or two big euros using another fabric on the back side. But in the end decided to just make one large euro using the main graphic from each side of the sack.
I cut the burlap 24″ x24″ centering each of the graphics. Because this burlap had such a large, open weave I lined each piece with a solid cotton fabric.
After sewing the two burlap pieces, right sides together, I reinforced the opening by folding the seam allowance down and sewing a zig-zag stitch. This also held the lining in place as well.
I top stitched around the outer edge of the pillow in a bright pink that matched the graphics on the burlap.
Here you can see a bit of the lining.
I decided to use poly-fil instead of a pillow form. This pillow is mainly for looks. The burlap is soooo scratchy that no one would want to lounge around on it anyway so using a pre-made pillow form seemed wasteful.
Scratchy and hairy. I felt like I needed to shave it!
This was my first project using an existing grain/coffee sack but I love the way it turned out!
And Kaleigh loved it, too!