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.
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!