Thursday, April 1, 2010

Burlap... it's not just for a sack of potatoes anymore!

For those of you who attended mine and Dave's wedding back in August, you probably realized how much I "appreciate" the fabric, burlap (I think I tried to use it everywhere I could).  It's cheap, it's all natural and it's rustic which is a great way to tone down elegance in a room and bring it to a more comfortable/casual level.  The mixing of these two styles (elegance and rustic) is what I vow to conquer!  I plan to do so in a future headboard project (no time soon, but it's on the list!).   Here are some examples of how burlap can be used to relax a room, whether it be an upholstered chair, pillow, bench, whatever!

Cute monogrammed burlap pillow cover

My favorite are the shoulder bags and the tufted cushion, I want that!

Ok, I can honestly see this in my bedroom somewhere ;-)  I love the reused white burlap sacs (with the  manufacturer's print left on them and all) decorating the upholstered burlap bench.  Actually, the bench looks more like linen (another favorite of mine)  This is true bliss!

Now for the headboard... I've researched all the DIY pages online on how to make one of these things but I'm betting it's a lot harder than it looks.  That's ok, maybe I can get Dave to help me out with this one ;-} I know I want a basic rectangle headboard but the kicker... I want to make it "tufted".  Yeah, I don't even own a sewing machine! But the good thing is, they say you don't need one for this project.  Here are some basic ideas of the type I'm going after, [picture it covered in burlap].




Here's a close-up of tufted burlap.  There's no way I'm going to mess with a button kit so maybe instead I can find some cute ornate (but not too flashy) buttons to add to the centers.

To learn how to make your own tufted headboard, click here!


  1. I'll let you give it a shot first. I would love to do this too!!

  2. Just found your blog via google images while searching for chairs made over with burlap... I, too, have an obsesion with burlap :) Love these ideas, and I do believe I'm going to make me a pillow cover and stencil in an "h" on the bottom corner for myself!