Burlap and Butterflies Pillow and Table Runner

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Something other than a sack made from burlap? You bet! Stamp butterflies onto burlap to create this pillow and table runner, plus learn the trick to cutting straight, even edges on burlap fabric!


  • Natural burlap fabric, 36” or 45”-wide, 2 yds.
  • White cotton fringe, 4” long, 3-1/4 yds.
  • Pillow form, 16” square


  • Stamps: butterfly, fern
  • Plaid Apple Barrel Colors White Acrylic Paint
  • Fabric-painting medium
  • Glaze sponge
  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac Permanent Adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, iron and pressing surface, ruler



Pillow, 16” square; Runner, 21”x35”

Pillow/Table Runner

1. Apply adhesive to cut edges of burlap; let dry. Wash burlap in hot water without fabric softener. Press to remove wrinkles.

2. For straight-edge cutting guide, pull two threads across width of burlap; cut along line. Measure 18” from straight edge and pull two threads across width again for 18”-wide fabric piece.

3. For pillow, cut two 18” squares from burlap. Cut 21”x35” rectangle for runner, using same thread-pulling method for straight edges.

4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to mix paint with fabric-painting medium. Use sponge to apply paint to stamp. Stamp runner and one pillow square. See Tip.

5. To assemble the pillow, pin fringe around edges of stamped pillow square, with fringe ends toward center. (Note: Gather fringe slightly in corners to prevent puckering.) Pin remaining square to pillow.

6. Sew pillow together with 5/8” seams, leaving 12” of one side open for turning. Trim corners close to stitching and turn right side out. Insert pillow form; slipstitch opening closed.

7. Zigzag or overcast stitch around runner edges. Press 1” to wrong side along 35” edges; straight stitch in place. Pin fringe along 19” edges, wrapping ends around to back side; topstitch in place.


  • Practice stamping on scrap burlap. Mark center with pin. Press stamp firmly, then lift straight up; do not rock from side to side.

by Barbara Matthiessen

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