Burlap Bird Pillow

Well, I was inspired so much by the bird pillows that Suzanne from Just Another Hang Up made that I decided to try and make one for myself.

Now don’t go a thinkin’ that my pillow will look anything like hers, ’cause it won’t!  I just wanted to make a pillow with a bird on it..that’s it folks!  No fancy ruffles.  :)

Since we stained our patio concrete floor brown to look like tile, I decided to use some leftover brown burlap material to make my pillow.

I followed Suzanne’s instructions and found a picture of a bird online.  I found it by googling “bird silhouette” to see what would come up.  When I found a bird that I liked, I printed it out on my computer.

Then I placed a cutting board underneath the paper, and cut out the shape of the bird with my exacto knife.

I cut two 14.5 x 14.5 inch pieces of burlap for my 14 x 14 pillow.  The extra half inch on each side allows for the seam.

Next, I centered the bird cutout in the middle of the burlap.

Then I used some white acrylic paint I had and a sponge brush to paint the bird on the material.

brown burlap bird pillow

I wasn’t sure I was liking my bird, but I put the pillow together anyway.

I sewed the right sides together, leaving a big enough space in the seam to slide the pillow form in, then I sewed up the opening.

To be honest, I wasn’t real crazy about the way it turned out.

But she’s kind of growing on me!  :)

The more I see the pillow outside on the patio, the more I kind of like her.

So I think I am going to keep her for now!

I found some pillows for my patio table and chairs at Target and Garden Ridge today that I think I like.  I was hoping to have my patio finished already, but it is taking me fo-eva since I am now working full time this summer.

But I am getting close!

I am definitely going to visit Kimba’s DIY Day this week!  She is hosting a special DIY Day–Outdoor Edition!

If you have an outdoor project that you have completed this summer, like a front porch or a back patio, then link up and join the fun!

I will be checking out all the great ideas!

Have a blessed day.
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  1. I think the bird is a little small. What if you painted a white “frame” around it to fill up a little more space?

    I LOVE the idea, though!

  2. Well, I think it’s adorable!!! I have this lighter color khaki twill pillow that is a pretty good size that’s just plain. I have been wanting to do this exact same thing. Except I need to make the bird black because the pillow is so light.

  3. Are you kidding…. that is the cutest pillow! and much easier to make for those of us sewing challenged :) Thanks for sharing!

  4. you make me sick!!!! of course you know i say that with love. you are just so dang talented and creative and energetic and….well girl, you got it going on….i’m jealous!!! will you marry me? lol! i need my very own traci here at home with me…all day everyday….to help me be better and more organized, more festive, fun and decorated. oh my. i love you.

  5. Personally, I LOVE it! It is perfect on that swing outside. I love the color — the bird silhouette — and the simplicity of it. It’s perfect! (thank you also for the sweet compliments!) ;o)

  6. I think it looks great, Traci! Simple and fun; just right for outside! And I still love the way your concrete floor turned out. :)

    I’m looking forward to DIY Day, too. I’ve missed it; haven’t you? But I don’t blame Kimba for taking a break from it.

    Take care!

  7. I don’t know what you’re talking about girl! I loved it from the moment I laid eyes on it.
    I’m going to have to try this now since you made it look so easy. Thanks for the idea!

  8. I lOVE your pillow! I am not a bird person (childhood fear), but with all the cutie patootie bird projects out there, they are growing on me!! Yours is tooo cute!! I’ve been fighting the urge to make my own…thank you for sharing!

  9. I think it turned out super-cute! Maybe it just needs a little summin’ summin’ – some funky tassels at the corners??? I love the simplicity of it. Or, maybe it needs a mate??? :o)

  10. I LOVE your bird pillow. I am doing all sorts of stuff with burlap and loving it! And I like the fact that you made such a simple stencil on regular paper and then used regular paint to do your bird. Excellent!!! And it turned out beautifully! Glad you decided to keep her!! Thanks for sharing!
    PS – I am so sorry you lost your mom so young. Her picture looks like she was a very sweet and kind woman.

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